My wife, Jean, and I have lived in Washington County for over 20 years. I have served in the Switchpoint Community Resource Center, Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Washington County Democratic Party. I am running because we live in the fastest growing county in the fastest growing state in the nation. I believe we must manage this growth to keep the quality of life we enjoy in this wonderful paradise.
I am qualified because I have a background in systems engineering and helping people to solve complex engineering problems. I managed the new development of manufacturing and safety systems at Thiokol Strategic Division in Promontory, Utah. I then went to Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas where my team helped to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. I taught Systems Design and Information Engineering in the NASA Annex for the team working together on the International Space Station. I managed over 80 people in my division with a $5M budget. I also ran my own consulting business in St George for many years.
I think the County Commission could use someone with technical expertise as we are facing the growth pains of our county. I signed the initiative to increase the number of commissioners from 3 to 5. Our county deserves the best leaders during this time of great transition. Since I am retired, I can devote my full time to the County Commission. We must not get lost in the weeds of annexations, temporary use permits and requests for proposals. We must address the big issues like water, energy, transportation and agriculture. We need to stop kicking the can down the road and use current technology to solve these issues now. Farmers are already being forced to leave their fields fallow for lack of water.
My favorite quote is from Senator Paul Wellstone, "Politics is not about money. It's not even about winning. Politics is about improving people's lives". The people in Washington County deserve to feel safe, to have a sense of belonging and to live in a caring atmosphere where they can raise their families. That is the quality of life I want to protect.
My name is Chuck Goode and I ask for your vote so we can manage this tremendous growth together.