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De Witt Seeks Re-Election to South Gate City Council

The current South Gate mayor will run again for a council seat.

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As the South Gate municipal elections of March 5th get closer, candidates are beginning to organize their campaigns.

South Gate Mayor Bill De Witt, 71, a longtime resident and business owner of South Gate, is among the three candidates competing for one of the two council seats that are up for grabs.

“The city has a bright future,” said De Witt as he finished his breakfast at the Pancake Corner in South Gate. “I would like to be part of the continued improvement.”

De Witt was most recently elected with 1350 votes during an uncontested election in 2009.  However, he has also served as a councilmember on and off since November 1980.

De Witt has been working with his family’s South Gate-based wood business, General Veneer Manufacturing Co., as an employee and owner since 1965. He believes that his years of experience, in city government and business, is a key asset that sets him apart from other candidates.

“I want to help in getting more businesses to the city and more jobs,” said De Witt. 

During the interview with Patch, De Witt expressed his support for the Azalea Retail Project.

Discussions and decisions on the latter shopping mall were something that De Witt did not take part in. He owns a property near to the construction site, and this was seen as a potential conflict of interest. 

Now that the project is underway, De Witt admitted to being optimistic about its potential success and the positive impact that it can have on the local economy.Promising to do what he could in regards to bringing occupants to the shopping center.

“I have already spoken with several folks who are potential tenants,” said De Witt.

He also told Patch that this will most likely be his last run.

“If I am fortunate enough to be re-elected I believe that this will be my last time,” concluded De Witt. "For this office or any other."

Watch for future Patch Latino interviews with the other candidates running for South Gate City Council.

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Virginia Johnson December 22, 2012 at 04:18 PM
This man is awesome. Councilman (Mayor) De Witt has proven time and again that he is the best man for the job. Mayor De Witt is a Veteran and was in the service for 6 years. He has volunteered thousands of hours and donated much of his hard earned money to our City. Mr. De Witt has gone to almost all of the Water Board and other meetings and brings the information back to our Community and Council Members. Bill De Witt also stands behind our Local Unions 100%. Thank you for writing about this amazing man.
Mary C December 26, 2012 at 03:33 AM
I am in agreement with Virginia, with (Mayor)De Witts committment he has proven to the community, He is alwasys attending functions and getting involved.His knowledge & experience is such an asset. He in fact has an interest for a BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE for Our Community, this is what we need not just individuals for Political Gain and Personal Interest. I urge Our Residents to be very careful on who we have in Our Local Goverment, we need to be aware who in fact who is truely sincere.
Mary C December 26, 2012 at 03:34 AM
I am in agreement with Virginia, with (Mayor)De Witts committment he has proven to the community, He is alwasys attending functions and getting involved.His knowledge & experience is such an asset. He in fact has an interest for a BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE for Our Community, this is what we need not just individuals for Political Gain and Personal Interest. I urge Our Residents to be very careful on who we have in Our Local Goverment, we need to be aware who in fact who is truely sincere.
Cynthia December 28, 2012 at 12:10 AM
I agree with both Mary C and Virginia. Here's hoping the voters in South Gate are informed and vote for the two men who have shown their commitment to this community over the years.
Hector Huezo December 28, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Is there a Q&A or Candidate forum Scheduled for the upcoming elections? Anyone know or can anyone share a link/event? thanks!

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