Candidacy: District 3 Montrose County Commissioner, Republican, Incumbent
Education: Bachelor of Science – Business Administration, Auburn University
Occupation: Small businessman (owns a moving company)
Family: Six children and six grandchildren
Prior Government Experience: Colorado Springs City Council, 1989-1993; Montrose City Council, 2004-2008
(Mayor Pro-Tem, 2006-2007; Mayor, 2007-2008); Montrose County BOCC, 2008-Present (Board Chairman, 2009
Montrose County Commissioner incumbent David White said he believes his on-the-job experience makes him the strongest candidate for the District 3 seat.
“It takes about one to one-and-a-half years to learn this job and it has a lot of history that goes with it,” White said. “With my experience, I can carry the county forward. … I want to see the economy improve here. There is still a lot to do.”
White said that if he gets to continue as county commissioner, he will follow the county’s newly developed strategic plan, he’ll look at developing natural resources – not just uranium, but also timber – and continue to support tourism and agriculture as economic drivers.
White said he’d like to see the area’s recently developed regional tourism plan come to fruition, and would work toward that goal.
As part of a state grant application, the Montrose Citizens for Funding Our Future created a regional tourism plan consisting of 141 projects to be built out in nine phases over a 30-year period, each phase generating revenue to bring funding to the next phase.
As a current commissioner, White said he understands the challenges ahead for Montrose County, including the challenge of doing more with less, as tax revenues decrease.
He said that citizens will have to decide in the next four years what services they want to live without.
“It will come down to a question of funding,” White said.
In the area of Health and Human Services, he said the county must focus on the mandated programs, because if they don’t, the state will come in and take control.
More government is not the answer, he said.
White said he believes that it’s not the government’s job to interfere with the private sector, and that what the county is able to do has been laid out in its strategic plan. That plan was citizen-driven, he emphasized, and during that process, citizens requested that government say out of the way.
“We’ll do what we can to assist,” he said, “But we have vibrant economic development partnerships and organizations here.”
He said he believes the county should support these organizations’ efforts, including those of Montrose Economic Development Corporation and the Montrose Association of Commerce and Tourism.
“We need to come together with a common vision and common goal,” White said. “If we put away the turf issues, out comes efficiency.”
One of the turf issues that has been discussed in the campaign is the county’s recent appeal of a court ruling in favor of Montrose Memorial Hospital.
As far as White he is concerned, the hospital issue is over, and the county needs to “go on down the road.”
The county was still pushing its appeal, however, and a Denver court heard that appeal on Oct. 10.
White said he is the best candidate for the job.
“It’s real simple. I have the knowledge, experience and stand up for the citizens,” he said. “One thing I’ve done is held my oath of office. I have very few friends, because I don’t cater to them. No one owns me or bought my vote. If it would boil down to one word, it’s integrity.”