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Greg White, a former Benton alderman, wants to return to the City Council.
White has announced his candidacy for the Ward 1, Position 2 on the council, which he previously held for two terms.
The position currently is held by Alderman Kerry Murphy, who is seeking another term.
In 2010 White chose not to seek another term because of professional obligations.
He is currently employed by Reach Sports Marketing of Eden Prairie, Minn., where he reportedly is the leading national sales director in digital media advertising sales. White is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia and recently received an MBA from the University of Phoenix.
He is a lifetime resident of Benton, the son of Loretta White and the late Harold White. He and Denise White, music teacher at Howard Perrin Elementary School, have been married for 27 years and have three sons and two grandchildren.
White is a former member of the Benton Advertising and Promotion Commission and served on several council committees, including chairing the drainage committee.
He is probably best known for his campaign to bring curbside recycling to Benton and he says he intends to continue to push for these efforts, noting that city and county waste management decisions will have a major impact on Benton residents.
â€śHaving watched the positive progress that has taken place in the last two years under the guidance of Mayor (David) Mattingly, I look forward to serving the citizens of my ward again," White said. "I believe that the time which I took off to invest in my career and education will pay dividends in serving the citizens as we move forward in progress for the future of our great city.
"The progressive platform for my campaign will focus on the growth of higher education, cooperative commercial growth of the city in relation to residential property rights, and improved city services without higher taxation," he said.
"I intend to bring attention to our needs to offer green community services including recycling, property appearances, community parks, and more recreational opportunities such as the development of the Old River Street Bridge park project and the expansion of the Boys and Girls club programs," he said.
"I believe our Parks and Recreation departmental changes will enhance the summer recreation programs and our city government needs to take a leading role in supporting those efforts.â€ť
Aldermanic positions are nonpartisan and will appear on the November general election ballot.