Medford City Council sees diversity

Medford, Ore. — The Medford City Council has been lacking in diversity this past year, seating eight white men on council, but that’s all changing after the election.

Council President Dick Gordon was reelected from Ward One. However, Medford will also welcome three new faces, two of which are women.

Kay Brooks from Ward Three and Kim Wallan from Ward Four. For one of them, it was a dream that started early on.

“I was a young girl when i thought that someday i thought it would be fun to be on the city council in medford. and then the seat came open in my ward and i thought – well, i kind of liked being on the school board, i kind of liked having that responsibility. i liked working with people.”

The other council newcomer is Tim D’Alessandro. All three new council members were elected to four-year terms and will take their seats in january.

NBC5 also spoke with Kay Brooks Wednesday afternoon. Brooks said she’s excited to start her work next year and she’s thrilled to see the city council finally reflecting on the community.

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