Al White aims to be ‘Independent Voice’ for Northwest Colorado,
March 3, 2016
Former State Senator Al White announced his intention to again represent Northwest Colorado in Senate District 8. If successful, White would be the first candidate registered as an Independent to ever win a seat in the state legislature.
White will be inducted into the Tourism Hall of Fame on March 9 after directing Colorado's Office of Tourism for the past 5 years. During his tenure, White applied his deep history managing small businesses in Winter Park and 11 years serving Northwest Colorado in the state legislature. Under his leadership as Tourism Director, Colorado had over 71 million tourists visit in 2014, which earned $18.6 billion dollars for the state, an all-time annual high. This also enabled the tourism industry to hire and retain new employees, fostering an estimated 155,000 jobs
In the Tourism Hall of Fame statement released January 4th, Al White is referred to as Colorado's "Reverend of Tourism."
"It is time we all look past party labels and ideologies. Instead of being forced by partisan leadership to vote in lock step with a specific party, our district deserves a Senator that will vote on each bill based solely on its merit. I know that without establishment support from the two major parties, a win will be unprecedented. That said, Senate District 8 is too important for me to not put up a fight. I can no longer let my family and the good people of my home district be poorly represented in the Senate. This is why I intend to bring a truly independent voice to our State Capitol."
White served Northwest Colorado in the House and Senate from 2001 to 2011.
White will be facing incumbent Randy Baumgardner and Democratic Candidate Emily Tracy.