“Smaller government and lower taxes through common sense, conservative decisions and hard work.”

Charles Burkett's Vision
  • LOWER TAXES:  I ran on Lowering taxes and one of my first votes was to lower the employment tax that had been raised by 3 Republican votes. Now we need to work on property taxes.  There will be those who get involved in fearmongering, don’t be fooled.   Public Safety will not suffer from a tax cut and anyone who tells you other wise has their spending priorities in the wrong place.  I will NEVER vote to raise taxes while we are putting so much money into savings.
  • SMALLER GOVERNMENT:  I am for “Boots on the ground, not pants in a seat.”  In 2021 Washington County loosened its spending belt to a tune of 17 million dollars, when in years past we would see a growth of 5-7 million.  This kind of spending can not continue.  It is all about spending priorities!
  • MORE WHITE COLLAR JOBS:  Although we are a blue collar community and we are experiencing tremendous  growth, we need to make sure that we work hard to see that growth continues. Marketing our strong points to big companies including white collar companies is a way of diversifying our local job market and economy.
  • SAFER COMMUNITIES:  The citizens pay the government to keep them safe and that should be our priority.  I have already voted to increase spending on public safety for police, fire and rescue and have looked at new ways of encouraging those who volunteer.
  •  STRONG AND SAFE SCHOOLS:  It is important that we fund the school system in a way that gets the job done.  Getting the job done means we are enabling our students to graduate with the best education possible, setting them up for success.
  • WASHINGTON COUNTY BUDGET:   In the previous few years we have seen a surplus of income accumulate.  The government should not be in the business of “making money”.    This money belongs to the people.  One thing is for sure,  I have personally seen the waste in the county while doing business with the county.   As far as I am concerned raising taxes is governments, LAZY, QUICK FIX answer to fixing budget short falls.  I can assure you, while others may not even open the budget book, I have opened it and carry it with me.  I know how a budget works.
  • Overall, I just want to make good common-sense decisions for the citizens of Washington County and decisions with their interest in mind and not my own. We should always be asking ourselves how our decisions will impact the people we are elected to serve.  As I said many times in my 2018 campaign, the government did not earn your money, they took it, and they need to respect that.
  • LOWER TAXES:  I ran on Lowering taxes and one of my first votes was to lower the employment tax that had been raised by 3 Republican votes. Now we need to work on property taxes.  There will be those who get involved in fearmongering, don’t be fooled.   Public Safety will not suffer from a tax cut and anyone who tells you other wise has their spending priorities in the wrong place.  I will NEVER vote to raise taxes while we are putting so much money into savings.
  • SMALLER GOVERNMENT:  I am for “Boots on the ground, not pants in a seat.”  In 2021 Washington County loosened its spending belt to a tune of 17 million dollars, when in years past we would see a growth of 5-7 million.  This kind of spending can not continue.  It is all about spending priorities!
  • MORE WHITE COLLAR JOBS:  Although we are a blue collar community and we are experiencing tremendous  growth, we need to make sure that we work hard to see that growth continues. Marketing our strong points to big companies including white collar companies is a way of diversifying our local job market and economy.
  • SAFER COMMUNITIES:  The citizens pay the government to keep them safe and that should be our priority.  I have already voted to increase spending on public safety for police, fire and rescue and have looked at new ways of encouraging those who volunteer.
  •  STRONG AND SAFE SCHOOLS:  It is important that we fund the school system in a way that gets the job done.  Getting the job done means we are enabling our students to graduate with the best education possible, setting them up for success.
  • WASHINGTON COUNTY BUDGET:   In the previous few years we have seen a surplus of income accumulate.  The government should not be in the business of “making money”.    This money belongs to the people.  One thing is for sure,  I have personally seen the waste in the county while doing business with the county.   As far as I am concerned raising taxes is governments, LAZY, QUICK FIX answer to fixing budget short falls.  I can assure you, while others may not even open the budget book, I have opened it and carry it with me.  I know how a budget works.
  • Overall, I just want to make good common-sense decisions for the citizens of Washington County and decisions with their interest in mind and not my own. We should always be asking ourselves how our decisions will impact the people we are elected to serve.  As I said many times in my 2018 campaign, the government did not earn your money, they took it, and they need to respect that.

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Charles Burkett

For Washington County Commissioner

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“Government did not earn your money, they took it and they need to respect that.”

Meet Your Candidate

My wife of 24 years, Wendy and I, are life long residents of Washington County and we have raised our 4 children here.  I believe Washington County to be a great place to live, work, and play. 

 

My faith has always been important to me and I currently work for my church fulfilling many different roles in ministry.  Before this, I spent 25 years as an entrepreneur building 3 vastly different, yet successful, businesses. Each of these were unique in their daily operations. 

 

I believe anyone serving in a leadership role should hold themselves to a high standard of person conduct. I think honesty, integrity, and humility are important qualities of a good leader.  A good leader should always be trying to encourage and promote those they are leading and put their interests before their own.

 

As a people’s person I have always had a deep desire to help people, from the time I was a teenager, serving as a Youth Red Cross Volunteer, to my current community service with agencies like Meals on Wheels and Mt Hope Prison Ministry. 

 

Some people have asked me why I decided to run for public office. My answer is simple, I was tired of sitting back complaining about the direction of our city, county, state, and country.  I was tired of watching local politicians who’s actions were not what we should expect from someone serving in public office. I decided if you want change you have to do something about it other than talk about it. Lastly, I had a strong desire to help make the community I live in a better place for everyone.

 

Finally, the skills I learned as an entrepreneur as well as my life’s experiences will benefit the people of Washington County in making wise, common sense, conservative decisions as we continue to grow our county. 

 

 

~ Charlie

 

My wife of 24 years, Wendy and I, are life long residents of Washington County and we have raised our 4 children here.  I believe Washington County to be a great place to live, work, and play. 

 

My faith has always been important to me and I currently work for my church fulfilling many different roles in ministry.  Before this, I spent 25 years as an entrepreneur building 3 vastly different, yet successful, businesses. Each of these were unique in their daily operations. 

 

I believe anyone serving in a leadership role should hold themselves to a high standard of person conduct. I think honesty, integrity, and humility are important qualities of a good leader.  A good leader should always be trying to encourage and promote those they are leading and put their interests before their own.

 

As a people’s person I have always had a deep desire to help people, from the time I was a teenager, serving as a Youth Red Cross Volunteer, to my current community service with agencies like Meals on Wheels and Mt Hope Prison Ministry. 

 

Some people have asked me why I decided to run for public office. My answer is simple, I was tired of sitting back complaining about the direction of our city, county, state, and country.  I was tired of watching local politicians who’s actions were not what we should expect from someone serving in public office. I decided if you want change you have to do something about it other than talk about it. Lastly, I had a strong desire to help make the community I live in a better place for everyone.

 

Finally, the skills I learned as an entrepreneur as well as my life’s experiences will benefit the people of Washington County in making wise, common sense, conservative decisions as we continue to grow our county. 

 

 

~ Charlie

 

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