Town Council Candidate
“I enjoy listening to the many voices in our community and I am committed to maintaining the welcoming atmosphere of Town Council meetings. As an island, we rely on our local businesses and organizations to provide the things we need and the things that make Jamestown a special place. I will work to strengthen both. I am dedicated to addressing the island’s infrastructure challenges caused by rising sea levels. I will continue to support solutions that are fiscally responsible and well-reasoned. We are fortunate to have many experienced and talented individuals in our community. I hope to continue working with, and for, each of you.”
Michael White, a Viet Nam veteran, is seeking his fifth term on the Jamestown Town Council. Retired from the U.S. Army in 1970 due to wounds suffered in the line of duty, he used his benefits to return to college. After receiving his degree, he worked for 30 years with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. At the VA, he was a benefits counselor and, later, supervised all public contact for the VA Regional Office, Providence.
Michael and his wife, Lee, have two grown sons, Lyam and Jeremy. The family moved to Jamestown in 1990. The younger son, Jeremy still lives here, now his wife and children. The older son, Lyam, and his wife live in Seattle, Washington.
While he was a federal employee, White was ineligible for elected office in the town and looked forward to taking an active role in town government after his 2004 retirement. Since running for Town Council in 2005, White has served on the Jamestown Planning Commission, as council liaison to the Tree Committee, and twice as Vice President of the Jamestown Town Council. He is also former chair of the Board of Trustees for the Central Baptist Church and a member of the Disabled American Veterans.
His experiences as an infantry platoon leader, Assistant Service Center Manager at the VA, and four-term Town Council member are invaluable assets to Jamestown.