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Citing funding woes, unaffiliated candidate halts candidacy

State Sen. District 8 candidate Al White of Winter Park.

— Former state tourism director Al White's independent run for Colorado House District 8 (including Routt County) is over.

White announced April 14 he would withdraw from the race after determining he could not attract sufficient funding to support an effective campaign.

"Having a 'U' (for unaffiliated) behind my name instead of an 'R' was a nonstarter for many of my former funders," he said in a news release. "I set a timeline with some specific funding goals for myself at the outset. After six weeks, I was so far off those goals it became apparent to me I would not, in the long run, reach an adequate level of funding to run a viable campaign. I will be returning all contributions received."

White met with Democratic candidate Emily Tracy, and they agreed they had similar views on a number of issues.

"I think she would be a strong champion for the people of the district and bring a moderate voice to the state capitol. My wife Jean and I will be supporting her and encourage all independent minded voters to do the same," White said.