Commission Seat A: Greg Aldred draws inspiration from father, from youth

ST. GEORGE – Even though November is seven months away, for Greg Aldred, candidate for the Republican nomination for Washington County Commissioner Seat A, election season is in full swing.

As the Washington County Republican Convention approaches on Saturday, Aldred’s schedule is full of meet and greets, ice cream socials, and luncheons with important Republican groups in the county.

Greg Aldred, candidate for Washington County Commissioner Seat A, poses with the Southern Utah desert in the backdrop for a campaign photo, St. George, Utah, March 19, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Greg Aldred
Greg Aldred, candidate for Washington County Commissioner Seat A, poses with the Southern Utah desert in the backdrop for a campaign photo, St. George, Utah, March 19, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Greg Aldred

This is not the first time Aldred has run for a position in St. George – he has previously run for County Commissioner and City Council – but he is yet to be successful in earning a nomination. Still he is not deterred by his setbacks.

“Never give up,” Aldred said, “Lincoln ran (for different offices) seven times.”

Though Aldred himself has never served as County Commissioner he is no stranger to the position and its duties. Aldred’s father, Gayle Aldred, served as commissioner from 1988 until 2002 and was influential in implementing many successful projects in the area including; Meals on Wheels, Enhanced 911, the Washington County Fairgrounds and the Dixie Center.

“He was a great mentor, he was great for the county,” said Aldred.

Aldred describes himself as a conservative republican but is set apart from his fellow candidates by his willingness to use new technologies, such as thermal energy, to help save the taxpayers money.

“I love using the technologies,” Aldred said, “I have innovative ideas on how to put money back into the people’s pockets from my experience managing small business.”

Aldred currently serves as the president of the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce and believes that small businesses are the backbone of the county, he said.

Though he cites land issues – specifically getting the federal lands that were promised to Utah upon statehood – as the biggest issue facing the county he also has a soft spot for implementing a recycling program at the landfill to benefit veterans.

“The recycling program speaks to my heart,” Aldred said.

Aldred, along with his wife, raised five daughters in Washington County and looks to the youth as his inspiration to serve as commissioner.

“I am inspired by the youth, they are the future,” Aldred said, “We must better the county, leave it better for them than we had it.”

Aldred has been endorsed in his candidacy by the Dixie State University, College Republicans:

“Through the years, as College Republicans, we have had the opportunity to help Greg Aldred. Also through those years we have seen how dedicated Greg has been to our state, county, and city,” said Brandon Shubert, chairman of the College Republicans, “But as this next election rolls around, we questioned this continued effort to serve the people. Our conclusion was that, our experience with him has shown, there is not a more qualified position for Greg Aldred to serve in, than County Commissioner.”

When not on the campaign trail Aldred can be found perfecting his table tennis skills and getting ready for competition in the World Senior Games where he has competed eight times.

Republican delegates and party members can learn more about each of the candidates by attending the Washington County Republican Convention on Saturday, at the Gardner Center Ballroom at Dixie State University,  225 South 700 East, in St. George. Registration and electioneering begin at 7 a.m.,with the convention officially starting at 8 a.m.

Resources

  • To learn more about Greg Aldred and his candidacy for County Commissioner Seat A visit his Facebook page
  • For more information on the Washington County Republicans including the convention visit their website

Commission race

Candidates for Commission Seat A

Candidates for Commission Seat B

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