Alumnus hopes to add transparency, mend rift if elected

Stephanie Sansoucy

Appalachian State University alumnus Quint David is running for Boone Town Council. Photo courtesy of Quint David
Editor’s Note: The following is the third in a three-part series profiling Appalachian alumni running for office in the upcoming municipal elections.

Appalachian State University alumnus Quint David has three priorities if elected to the Boone Town Council during the upcoming municipal elections.

David, who graduated in 2008 with a degree in appropriate technology and construction management, wants to work on the budget issues between the county and town, include more government transparency and increase the sustainability of the town.

To him, budget issues are the biggest problem town council is facing.

“Right now, we’re looking at cutting $2 million out of a previously balanced budget, and no one is talking about it,” he said.

David also wants to add transparency to the public office in Boone because he feels like there isn’t enough currently.

“I want our government to be more upfront and transparent with its citizens,” David said.
David’s desire for a more sustainable Boone started while he was a student at Appalachian.

David helped run the Appalachian Solar Club and the Boone Bike Initiative while he attended the university. After graduation, he worked at the Appalachian Energy Center, where he helped with outreach programs. David has also taught classes on renewable energy at Caldwell Community College.

David currently works at It’s Only Natural CONsulting, CONservation, CONstruction, a Boone-based green engineering firm specializing in sustainable construction and renewable energy.

David was asked to run by current Boone Town Councilman Andy Ball and Mayor Loretta Clawson.

Ball said he thinks the council needs the innovative thinking that David would bring, for future plans for the town.

“I think Quint will bring a great background in environmental code works, and will help us be able to revise our ordinances,” Ball said. “I think he brings a huge perspective from my generation that is needed on the council.”

Story: CHELSEY FISHER, Senior News Reporter
Photo courtesy of Quint David