Re-elect White for District 57
Voters in western Garfield County have the chance this fall to elect a lawmaker who expects to assume a leadership role in the Colorado House of Representatives.It’s an opportunity they shouldn’t pass up.Al White, R-Winter Park, is running for re-election to a third term as state House District 57 representative. He anticipates being chosen House majority leader if he’s re-elected. That’s the second most powerful position after House speaker, and one Western Slope politicians – including Scott McInnis, prior to the Glenwood native’s election to Congress – have held in the past.The extra influence White would wield can only benefit the constituents of his far-ranging district, which covers most of northwest Colorado, including Garfield County roughly west of Silt.White has proven to be an effective lawmaker, and carried the no-call bill, one of the more popular pieces of legislation ever to come out of the Legislature, and a model for similar federal legislation. He wields respect among his peers, which led to him attaining his current position as assistant majority leader. He has advocated strongly on behalf of tourism promotion, Western Slope water interests, education, reform of the Taxpayers Bill of Rights and other matters of importance to our region and the state as a whole.His opponent, Sam Robinson of Battlement Mesa, far outshines White on the issue of seeking reform of oil and gas regulation. Still, except for that and health care, he is out of his league compared to White in terms of depth of knowledge regarding the issues facing lawmakers and the state. We would urge White to take a greater interest in drilling, an issue of utmost importance to western Garfield County. He should aggressively explore what role the Legislature can play in addressing concerns of residents as gas development continues. Those concerns shouldn’t be allowed to slip to the edge of his radar screen just because of the distance between his home near the Continental Divide and the state’s drilling hot spot near its western edge.Nevertheless, this election is about a lot more than drilling, and White is much more qualified than Robinson to represent the interests of District 57 in Denver. We strongly recommend his re-election this fall.Nevertheless, this election is about a lot more than drilling, and White is much more qualified than Robinson to represent the interests of District 57 in Denver. We strongly recommend his re-election this fall.
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