David Cook is one of two Republican challengers hoping to unseat incumbent District 2 Supervisor Mike Pastor, a Democrat.
“I am running for Gila County Supervisor in District 2 because I love our county and the people in it. I have worked for five years for this. I am the best man for the job,” he told a gathering of the Rim Country Republican Club July 30.
The other Republican challenging Pastor is Tim Humphrey. Pastor has no Democrats challenging him, so the only Primary contest Aug. 28 is between Cook and Humphrey.
He said he believes the county must have elected leaders with a vision for the community and the ability to propose and implement workable solutions with citizens, organizations and other governments.
“I have a long record of successful problem solving with the federal government and will significantly improve the county’s operation,” Cook said.
Among his priorities is the economy. “With southern Gila County’s mines expected to be depleted in five years, we need to start the county moving in a direction that will not only maintain, but also grow our economy in the future. I have an economic development plan that would bring in an estimated $500,000 a year in for infrastructure and development. I have another plan to build a racetrack and create a structure of governance for that track. Neither of these plans would cost the taxpayers a dime. No past or current supervisor has proposed a similar plan.”
Cook said he has advanced concrete proposals on some of the biggest issues recently faced in Gila County.
“I presented to the board of supervisors a solution that met all redistricting legal requirements that had the smallest impact to the residents of Gila County. The supervisors rejected my plan and instead approved one that has left citizens unsure of voting areas, district lines and more.”
Cook has concerns about more recent actions taken by the supervisors.
• The supervisors recently selected an out-of-county supplier of fuel that cost taxpayers a minimum of $125,000 more than the cost of the existing in-county supplier who would’ve completely met the county’s needs, he said. He added he will make sure county dollars stay within the county whenever possible to protect our jobs.
• “As supervisor, I would put a stop to the current practice of allowing county staff to present supervisors with a budget at 8 a.m. for formal approval at 10 a.m. that included an estimated $1.25 million in pay raises and expenses for a proposed study of job classifications.”
Cook just sent the Gila County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Tommie Martin a letter requesting her to put a hold on the $500,000 in funding for a study on county job descriptions and positions that was approved in the 2012-2013 budget.
“There has been numerous studies already done in the past and this seems to be of no real benefit to the citizens of the county. There have been studies conducted in the last eight years that are still applicable. I believe that we should have looked at funding the college at a higher rate ($275,000 was budgeted) to do any study (if needed) in conjunction with the county’s Human Resources (HR) department. It is beyond me why between our own local college and HR department how we could not get any information that is needed,” Cook wrote to Martin.
Cook said he wants to bring his abilities and contacts to work for the residents of the county.
He has been a Republican all his voting life. He and his wife, Diana, own and operate DC Cattle Company and are local ranchers. They have two children, David Lee Jr. and Maria.