ID County Commissioner is seeking re-election and has filed for bankruptcy

A Canyon County Commissioner and her husband filed for bankruptcy two years ago as they faced $12.7 million in personal and business debt and $100,000 in unpaid taxes, according to a bankruptcy they filed in Washington .

Commissioner Pam White and her husband, Steve White, filed an application Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in 2020 in the Eastern District of Washington, where case documents indicate they owned businesses and Steve White made it his primary residence.

White is seeking to retain his seat in the November election for a two-year term. She is running against Victor Holliday and Zach Brooks in the Republican primary election on Tuesday, May 17.

She did not return a phone message seeking comment.

For the Statesman’s upcoming voter guide for the May primary, the newspaper asked candidates if they had any current or past bankruptcies. White didn’t say yes or no. Instead, she said, “Many families in Idaho are in catastrophic financial hardship. A person is seriously ill, their spouse cannot work due to necessary medical decisions and household needs. Is it devastating? Absolutely. Do you talk about it? Nope.”

White represents District 3, which encompasses most of Nampa. A Republican, she was elected in 2016 and re-elected in 2018.

She’s lived in Canyon County for 20 years, his county biography says. She worked in retail banking and was a director of Home Federal Bank before retiring. White served as a Nampa town councilor for 9½ years before running for the county commission.

Canyon County commissioners earn $103,083 a year, according to county spokesman Joe Decker.

A Chapter 7 bankruptcy means that all non-exempt personal and business assets are liquidated and paid to the couple’s creditors. Bankruptcy allows the debtor to liquidate its assets, pay its creditors and erase most of its debts.

In the case of the whites, they sold their assets – they said in documents that they no longer owned a home and lived in an RV – and their remaining debt was paid in December 2020.

The $100,000 in unpaid taxes included $60,000 in Washington state taxes, $20,000 in federal income taxes and $20,000 in federal business taxes, according to the documents.

According to the filing, the debts were primarily related to one of the couple’s businesses, Stealth Development Inc. Stealth Development is a construction contractor, according to BuildZoom.

According to court documents, Steve White lived primarily in Otis Orchards, Washington from 2015 until April 2020. Otis Orchards is near the Idaho state line in eastern Washington. Pam and Steve White now list their address as Nampa.

Steve White also owned Navigator Investments Inc., Aztec Development Inc., Bulldog Development Inc., Eldorado Development Inc., Bella Commons LLC, WGW LLC, North Lake Resorts LLC, Indian LLC and Denali Townhome LLC. Many of these companies were based in Idaho, although some were not found when searching the Idaho Secretary of State website.

On its website, Navigator Investments Inc. says he’s one of Idaho’s biggest developers. It appears to have been part of the construction of single-family homes, apartment buildings, churches and schools, according to the site. On his LinkedIn pageSteve White introduces himself as the owner of the development company.

On his Facebook pageAztec Development Inc. claims it is a “certified public works company specializing in land and site development projects in Idaho.”

The bankruptcy was first reported by Idaho Expedition.

Janet E. Fishburn