Former Nampa Mayor Tom Dale to run for county commissioner

February 27, 2014 

Former Nampa Mayor Tom Dale has announced he will run for Canyon County Commissioner. He will run as a Republican seeking the district two seat, currently held by Kathy Alder.

Dale served 12 years as mayor and six years on the Nampa City Council. In November, he was defeated by Nampa City Councilman Bob Henry.

Dale said in a press release Thursday his key priorities include addressing the inadequate Canyon County Jail and finding a cost-effective location for the Canyon County Fair.

"Working within city government for 18 years has provided me with the skill set, talent, and experience to make a very positive difference for Canyon County. The extensive experience gained in land use planning, building public-private partnerships, economic development, and business development strategies will bring great value to the table," said Dale in his release.

Here is Dale's full press release:

Like many Canyon County residents I have grown concerned at the apparent lack of collaboration and communication in the Commissioners’ office. With deep concern for our communities and farms, I am announcing my candidacy for Canyon County Commissioner representing District 2, Republican.

Working within city government for 18 years has provided me with the skill set, talent, and experience to make a very positive difference for Canyon County. The extensive experience gained in land use planning, building public-private partnerships, economic development, and business development strategies will bring great value to the table. I've worked closely with the Departments of Commerce and Labor, and our State Legislators, and understand the intricacies of city/county partnerships in law enforcement, emergency medical services, and environmental issues.

An open, collaborative leadership style is a value that I believe in and practice, bringing people together to seek input from all who have a vested interest in any issue. By working together, solutions can be created for challenges, meeting the needs of all who will be directly impacted by a decision. I will provide this much needed leadership on the Board of Commissioners.

This decision is not made lightly. With much prayer and after considerable thought, conversation, and counsel with many people, I believe now is the time.

Some important issues in this election include:

The Canyon County jail is inadequate to meet present needs and is the single largest potential liability facing Canyon County today, which affects all our county residents. Currently it appears the commissioners have no plan. I strongly believe we need to develop a strategic plan to solve the inadequate jail problem. This issue will not solve itself nor will it go away if ignored.

The Canyon County Fair has a great heritage and connection to 4-H programs and the future of agriculture in our county. We all want it to prosper and grow in the future. The current plan being pursued by Commissioners is to spend $43 million to build a new County Fairground from scratch on 80 acres of prime farm ground. Unfortunately, due to a lack of openness from commissioners throughout the process, confusion, controversy, and conflict have arisen surrounding this plan. There are unanswered questions about the potential ongoing burden to taxpayers for maintaining such a facility, as well as great concerns about dilution of the financial base of existing facilities such as O’Conner Field House, the Ford Idaho Center, and private arenas. There are other options that need to be fully explored.

Over the years there has all too often been an adversarial relationship between city and county government. This should not be. Having grown up working on our family cattle ranch, I have a deep appreciation for the challenges faced by our farm families, as well as a great appreciation for the richness of community our cities build. We are all in this together. We must move into the future working together to protect and enhance Canyon County’s quality of life, grow economic opportunity, and create new jobs. Let’s grow together.

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