The Orange Leader
Former Sheriff Mike White has announced that he will seek the Republican nomination for Orange County Judge.
White, now executive director at Associated General Contractors of Southeast Texas, said he is familiar with dealing with legislation as he works with legislatures in Austin and Washington, D.C.
“We need to start working together,” White said. “What is good for South East Texas is good for Orange.”
White said the area has been on a downward trend for several years as people are moving out of the area and finding it more difficult to find employment in the area.
“In the past we have seen the growth of Orange County come to a standstill. We have to work together as a team,” White said. “It is time we come together and work on a long range plan for Orange County.”
White said that has shown he can pull law enforcement together as a team when he was sheriff.
In a press release, White said, “In the past we have seen the growth of Orange County come to a standstill. It is time to change that. We now find ourselves at a crossroad, and the decisions we make now will affect the path of our future for years to come.”
White said he believes his biggest asset is pulling people together.
“It is time we come together as elected officials, appointed officials, faith-based and civic leaders as well as citizens,” White said. “So we can work on the issue of Orange County. We have to grow Orange County.”
White said he would like to see Orange County once again be a vibrant and successful gateway into Texas.
“If we can’t grow, we will be in trouble,” White said. “We can’t be like Washington, D.C. The county and the cities have to work together.”
White was sheriff for three terms from January 1997 to December 2008 and owned White's Chevron in Orange from 1980 to 2006.
Last week incumbent County Judge Carl Thibodeaux announced he would not run for a sixth term in the office. Former Precinct 3 Orange County Commissioner John Dubose announced last week that he will run as a Republican for county judge.
Filing for party primaries will run Nov. 9 through Dec. 9.
Primary elections will be March 4.