MONTROSE – District 3 Commissioner David White held events at the Montrose District Library and at the public library in Naturita last week to announce his decision to run for a second term on the Board of County Commissioners.
He will be challenged in the Republican primary by veteran candidate Jim Haugsness.
White, who was briefly mayor of the City of Montrose before running for commissioner in 2008, said at the Montrose event: “I’m going to do it.” He said the travails of the last three years – including a failed recall attempt and acrimony over his role in the Montrose Memorial Hospital dispute – took a toll on him and his family, but that he had decided, in the end, to seek re-election.
“I’m running again,” White told KUBC Radio, “to uphold the county’s values in a changing political climate.” He also mentioned a desire to counter “outside forces” that negatively affect the county.
Asked by The Watch to elaborate on “outside forces,” and whether by that he meant resistance to the prosed Piñon Ridge uranium mill in his West End district, White said, “Yeah. When other counties, or I guess individuals in other counties intervene in what another governmental entity is doing….” He also singled out Ouray County Commissioner Lynn Padgett as someone who “has opposed some of the things we’re trying to do in this county.”
Permitting the Energy Fuels mill, White said, “is one of the highlights of my term in office. This will be vital to the economic development of this county.”
As for the hospital fight, he said, “I’m not a go-along-to-get-along commissioner.” White and fellow commissioner Ron Henderson voted to appeal a court decision approving the move by hospital trustees to transfer MMH facilities to a nonprofit corporation. White said he is resigned to whatever finding comes out of the appeal. Meanwhile some citizens, including the leaders of the recall movement, continue to rail against the legal expense involved in pursuing the appeal.
White, who is originally from Coral Gables, Fla., moved with his wife, Dawn (they have six children, ages 15 to 30, and three grandchildren), to Montrose in 1999 from Colorado Springs, where he was a city councilor from 1989-1993. He is currently president of MOOvingCo. LLC, an intrastate household goods moving company.