Denton County Commissioner Cynthia Northrop White began her public service in the City of Lewisville. As a citizen wanting to get involved in her community she applied and was accepted to the Leadership Lewisville Program sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Shortly after graduating she applied for a seat on the Planning and Zoning Commission and was appointed; thus beginning her service in local government.
Since then Cynthia has been active in many areas of the community serving two terms on the Lewisville City Council. She was elected to the Denton County Commissioners Court and took office on January 1, 2001 with stated goals to restore integrity to county government. She initiated a renewed look at a comprehensive ethics policy for the county as well.
During the past seven years she has been working hard to make Denton County an even better place to live, work and raise a family. Cynthia has worked hard to provide essential county services while streamlining county offices; the tax rate is lower today than when she took office in 2001.
One of the major concerns in Precinct One is the importance of an open and accessible government. She believes that keeping the public informed is critical in helping them understand how their tax dollars are being spent and in getting new ideas for a more efficient system. A few of the ways she has increased access is holding at least one Commissioners Court session in the evening every quarter, public information meetings regarding road projects in Precinct One, and writing informative columns twice a month for many local newspapers.
Transportation is also a high priority. Some of the projects she has been actively moving forward include the Lewisville Lake Bridge/FM 720 project, FM 2181 (which recently received a shot in the arm through a coordinated effort with the City of Denton and the City of Corinth via an award from North Central Texas Council of Governments of $23.4 million for the widening of FM 2181 to six lanes), FM 423 and the extension of the Dallas North Tollroad. Other projects include a partnership with the City of Corinth to pave Shady Rest/Fritz Lane, a partnership with the Sanger ISD for safety improvements and access to their new high school, a partnership with the City of Denton for improvements to Loop 288, a partnership with the Aubrey ISD for increased access to their high school off of 377 and assistance to the Denton ISD to name just a few. Also, Denton County funded safety improvements to US 377 in Aubrey, Krugerville, and Pilot Point.
Cynthia is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and a minor in political science. She is currently working toward her masters in Public Administration.