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Don Cox. Photo by Kootenai Valley Record.
Don Cox
Don Cox has filed as commissioner candidate. Kootenai Valley Record photo.

Kootenai Valley Record. Photo by Kootenai Valley Record.
Kootenai Valley Record
Don Cox files as commissioner candidate
by Kootenai Valley Record
February 19, 2008

Retired chiropractor Don Cox has joined two other candidates in seeking the Republican nomination for the Libby Lincoln County commissioner seat.

Cox will be on the June 3 primary ballot along with Libby Mayor Tony Berget and businessman Mike Munro. Filing for candidates is open through March 20.

Cox came to Libby with his family in 1950, when he was 6 months old. He worked for the family business, Cox Machine Shop, for 15 years after graduating high school, then decided to become a chiropractor. After receiving his degree in 1988, he opened a practice in Libby and worked there for 18 years until retiring and selling the business to partner Scott Foss.

While his bid for county commissioner is his first foray into politics, Cox said his background in business is an important qualification for the job.

“A major part of the county commissioner’s responsibilities are budget and money management,” he said.

Cox said he thinks Commissioner Rita Windom has done a good job during her time in office. Windom has announced that she will not seek a third term.

If elected, Cox said he would work toward bringing in more small businesses employing five to 10 people each, “rather than trying to get one 500-employee company to come to town.”

He said Libby-based Montana Float Co., which manufactures aircraft floats, is a perfect example of the kind of business that should be encouraged to locate in Lincoln County– a company making a labor-intensive product to be sold outside the area and not dependent on the local economy.

While he has retired from the chiropractic business, Cox does some part-time work as a commercial driver and providing specialty machining services unavailable from other local shops. He said his semi-retired position would allow him to devote his full time to being a county commissioner.

“That position pays a full-time wage,” he said. “It needs full-time attention.”

Cox and his wife Laura have been married for 37 years. Their daughter Jeanne and her husband Jim Brooks own Millwork West, and their son Chris is employed at Gene’s Body Shop.

Editor’s Note: See the February 18, 2008 edition of the Kootenai Valley Record for the printed version of this story. The Kootenai Valley Record publishes once a week, on Monday, in Libby, Montana. They are a locally owned community newspaper, located at 403 Mineral Avenue in Libby. For in-county and out-of-county subscription information, call 406-293-2424, or e-mail kvrecord@gmail.com.

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