The election of Kevin Dale White to the New Albany Board of Aldermen leaves only one of the five spots to be decided.
In Ward 4, first-term incumbent Will Tucker faces a challenge from businessman Terry Medlin. That race will be tallied in the general election June 4.
The rest were decided in the Democratic primary. Scott Dunnam, alderman-at-large, and Johnny Anderson, Ward 2 alderman, were re-elected without opposition. In Ward 1, incumbent Jeff Olsen easily turned back a challenge from Daniel Frain, a car salesman.
The Ward 3 race was particularly interesting because there was a wide-open field with Alderman Tommie Beasley deciding to retire from the board. Five candidates battled in the primary and Kevin Dale White and Larry Dykes survived for a runoff.
Last week White was elected in the runoff. In a discussion with the Gazette, White, a New Albany native, described himself as a progressive who wants to see the city continue to move forward.
He said he favors the city hiring a grant writer to help obtain more federal funding for projects, and is interested in improving the condition of the city water system, city streets and adding more street lighting. He supports recruiting more restaurants and more businesses. He also said he plans to support construction of a community swimming pool.
We found his views moderate and progressive. We congratulate him on his win and welcome him to the board.