Candidate for District 4 Commissioner
Name: David Pressley
How Long have you lived in Dawson County: 4 years
Occupation: Audio, Video, and Controls Technician
Education: BS in Electrical and Electronic Communications Engineering
Career experience: 9-year Army veteran, 1 year in the FBI, 10 years electronic hardware and software design and repair
Why are you running for the County Commission District 4 seat?
I believe we can do a better job at not increasing the tax burden on Dawson families.
What makes you the best candidate for this position?
I’ve saved the Army over $5 million by reducing fraud, waste and abuse. I’ve designed policies and streamlined procedures that saved tens of thousands of man-hours of unnecessary labor.
How are you preparing to take office?
I’m currently sifting through many of the legal restrictions that handcuff commissioners. There are some decisions that have already been made by the state and federal governments. That’s where I decided to start.
How much time are you willing and able to contribute as a county commissioner?
As much as necessary.
What do you consider to be the county’s biggest challenge now and looking forward, and how would you address this concern?
The biggest challenge appears to be managing growth. It appears to be a divisive issue in our community. I believe sticking to a growth plan is the best way to address it.
What are the top three issues you believe Dawson County is currently facing and what are your plans to address each?
Growth: I plan to work with the commissioners to stick to the growth plan. If we need to change the growth plan, then we should do our due diligence and make sure we account for how those changes affect the county.
Property taxes: I would like to see the growth pay for itself instead of having Dawson families shoulder that burden. I am looking for ways to reduce residential property taxes as much as possible. A big part of that means taking an analytical look at how we spend money.
County spending: Taxes are not donations or charity. We should be doing everything we can to minimize this. That means taking a close look at whether we should be spending the money or not. If so, we should be spending the money wisely. County commissioners should be good stewards of taxpayer dollars.