Ontario mayor set to close out 10-year political career

Ontario Mayor Ron Verini first stepped onto the Ontario city council in 2008 and said he learned that listening to voters was a critical element to success. Verini said he will not run for another term as mayor. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

ONTARIO – If Ontario Mayor Ron Verini had to narrow it down he said the biggest lesson he learned as a local politician is a simple one.

“Listening to people. I really took that to heart,” said Verini.

For the past 10 years Verini stood on the deck – as either a city councilor or mayor - of the city ship of state in arguably one of the most politically charged small-town climates in Oregon. Yet he has no regrets.

“I have enjoyed my service since I have been on the council. I enjoy what I am . . .