Former Yoncalla mayor offers advice for newly elected 18-year-old

Ben Simons was elected in November.

Posted: Jan 3, 2019 5:46 PM
Updated: Jan 3, 2019 6:34 PM

YONCALLA, Ore. -- With the city of Yoncalla's future now in the hands of a young man barely old enough to vote, the former mayor says he's confident in the newly elected teenager.

Ben Simons, 18, was elected in November. After the election, voters told KEZI 9 News they looked forward to having new blood in the mayor's seat. They said they had grown tired of the same thing over and over.

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Gerald Cross, who was mayor of the small city for 10 years, believes Simons will do a good job and offered some advice to the new mayor.

"Listen to the people -- I mean they know what they want and don't want -- and be friendly and work with the city council. Don't lose your cool," Cross said.

Cross said if Simons needs any assistance moving forward, he's there to lend a helping hand.

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