Iverson seeks to continue to defend freedoms; Goode touts self-reliance and durability through tech – St George News

LR: Victor Iverson, Washington County Commission, and Democratic challenger Chuck Goode | Photo of Iverson by Mori Kessler, photo of Goode courtesy of Chuck Goode, St. George News

ST. GEORGE- All three Washington County seats are up for grabs this election season. Incumbent Republican Victor Iverson and Democratic challenger Chuck Goode are vying for the Commission’s B seat.

Iverson is seeking a third term on the Washington County Commission and hopes to continue championing the personal freedoms of county residents while Goode wants to help people improve their lives through technology that promotes self-reliance and sustainability.

Ballots will be mailed to voters beginning Oct. 18, with Nov. 1 being the last day to request an absentee ballot if no one is received.

In-person voting takes place on November 8.

Victor Iverson | Republican | Incumbent

FILE – Washington County Commissioner Victor Iverson addresses delegates at the 2022 Washington County Republican Nominating Convention, St. George, Utah, April 9, 2022 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

A native of southern Utah, Iverson is seeking a third term as a member of the Washington County Commission. Prior to serving as county commissioner, Iverson worked for Sen. Mike Lee’s office, where he focused on public land issues.

Why are you running for Seat B of the county commission?

“It really comes down to the fact that I love Washington County.” Iverson said. “This is the county that I grew up in. County government is a place where you can really do a lot of good for the community that you live in. And I think for anybody who gets elected, you have to be there, for this reason why you want to make a difference and have a positive impact in your community.

Iverson also said he believes the county, like the rest of the county and the world, is at a crossroads due to the issues it currently faces and seeks to continue to uphold the personal freedoms of county residents.

The issues facing the county

“Water is a big problem,” he said.

Sand Hollow Reservoir as seen from the overpass at the intersection of Sand Hollow Road and the Southern Parkway, Hurricane, Utah, May 9, 2021 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Washington County is working closely with municipalities on water conservation, as well as creating a countywide reuse and secondary water system, the commissioner said.

“We have to use the resources we have now better than in the past,” he said. “This year alone, the (Washington County Water Conservancy District) will complete major projects for three reservoirs that will come online and plan for the fourth. There are also various storage capacity expansion projects we are working on. These are our big projects with water.

Transportation and infrastructure and how best to manage the county’s continued growth are also on his mind, Iverson said. It also continues to support the construction of the Northern Corridor.

“The county also has a unique role in working with our cities (on infrastructure) and has Utah as a partner in long-term planning,” Iverson said.

Managing growth in a way that doesn’t sacrifice quality of life in Washington County is another of Iverson’s goals and concerns. He does not believe in the idea of ​​imposing a moratorium on growth, as it can present its own set of problems, including hampering the efforts of young people and families to find housing in the county.

Most county growth is also occurring in cities, leaving county officials to plan at a more regional level with various partner agencies. A big part of that includes planning for the future, Iverson said.

“Growth is complex, and I think we need to be aware that the community we live in is a community that grows – and I say this often – a community that grows without losing its soul,” he said.

chuck goode | Democrat | Challenger | Website

FILE – Washington County Democratic Party Chairman Chuck Goode speaks at an annual convention in St. George, Utah, March 23, 2019 | Photo by Markee Heckenliable, St. George News

Goode has lived in Washington County with his family for 25 years and has a long career in engineering and technology, including for NASA. He also has experience in local volunteerism through the Switchpoint Community Resource Center, Habitat for Humanity and other programs. Politically, Goode is currently chairman of the Washington County Democratic Party and a former candidate for St. George City Council.

Why are you running for county commission seat B?

“The real reason I run is to help people,” Goode said.

Goode said he hopes to improve the lives of Washington County residents by laying the foundation for a long-term solution that promotes self-reliance and sustainability. This would be accomplished through the adoption of pre-existing technologies, such as solar power and atmospheric water generators, which could be included in new builds.

“These innovations are there,” Goode said. “They are available.”

These are systems that Goode said he would like to see become standard on new homes to help them be more self-sufficient while helping to reduce overall water and electricity consumption. Although some people have bought into the idea because of its potential cost, Goode said that “in the long run it’s a great investment” as people live with lower energy costs and consumption.

If elected to the commission, Goode said he wants to work with area developers to make the leap to more sustainable homes as he imagines a reality.

The issues facing the county

“Everyone is concerned about water,” Goode said.

Image of solar panels, St. George News

In addition to promoting the use of atmospheric water generators (machines that suck in moist ambient air and condense it into drinking water), Goode also wants to see stricter regulations on water use.

Water regulations recently passed by municipalities in the county, which are touted as some of the strictest in the state for new construction, don’t go far enough, he said, adding that stricter regulations Strict rules should be accompanied by higher charges for water use in general.

Secondary and reused water must also be used more in homes, he said.

Regarding the Lake Powell pipeline, Goode said it was not a viable solution to the county’s growing water needs. Instead, the Washington County Water Conservancy district needs to look at other long-term options for water use, he said.

“Our economy will die when we run out of water,” he said. “We need a long-term solution that works.”

Goode also focuses on transportation infrastructure issues that he says are not keeping up with the county’s continued growth. However, he does not support the construction of the Northern Corridor.

“We don’t need the hallway,” he said. “We need a rapid or smart transit system so people don’t use their cars as much.

Check out all of St. George News’ coverage of the 2022 election by click here.

Copyright St.George News, SaintGeorgeUtah.com LLC, 2022, all rights reserved.

About Wilhelmina Go

Check Also

In southern China, residents revolt against COVID-19 controls

Frustrated residents of the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou broke temporary barriers and marched through …