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P.O. Box 2315
480 East Ave. N.
Ketchum, ID  83340
Ph: 208.726.3841
Fax: 208.726.8234
Councilor Michael David

Michael David.jpgCity Councilmember Michael David was elected to the City Council in 2012.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from U.C.L.A. and his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Marymount University.

What I like best about Ketchum is its authenticity. One of my goals as a city council member is to keep our town that way.

I moved to Ketchum in 1993 from Tustin, California. When I first arrived, I worked at a music store, a bank and even drove a taxi! I went on to become a non-profit executive director. Today, I'm a reporter for an online news site and one of our new companies, Eye on Sun Valley. I'm also at work for the Mountain Rides Transportation Authority!

I've led the City Council in passing our non-smoking ordinance, and represent Ketchum on the Association of Idaho Cities' Drug Task Force. I also represent the city on the boards of the Blaine County Housing Authority and the Ketchum Innovation Center, an organization that provides support to entrepreneurial start ups.

I'm particularly proud of the fact that we passed an ordinance forbidding discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. This is the type of community that I want to live in.

My favorite activity? Long-boarding, which I started way back in the 90s. You'll often see me cruising on my long board on the Warm springs bike path. I like long-boarding better than skateboarding because all four wheels never leave the surface of the road. No air time for me at age 50!

When visitors come, I like to take them north to Redfish Lake. They'll not only see Ketchum but also the beauty that surrounds us.

I'm not much of a movie-goer. I think the last movie I saw was "Sun Valley Serenade," the 1941 film that highlighted our resort.

I do like to read. I just finished "Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs" by Johann Hari. The book discusses the impact of criminal penalties for drug use, and makes us think about other approaches.

I've been on the City Council since 2012. Why is it so important to listen to everyone? It goes back to keeping Ketchum as an authentic mountain town, where everyone is an individual. I also think the Dalai Lama said it best: "When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new."

If you are interested in any of Councilman David's initiatives or would like to know how you can get involved, contact Michael by email at .