Meet Casey Voeks

Meet Casey Voeks

56a1825c17fab.imageTell us a little bit about yourself

I was born in Provo and raised in Orem and Lehi. Much of my childhood was spent volunteering at the Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center in Pleasant Grove, where I logged over 4,000 volunteer hours.

Shortly after returning home from my LDS mission in Texas, I was appointed secretary of the Alpine School District Community Council. I also served on the Lehi City Board of Adjustments, where I was an advocate for protecting private property rights. In 2012, I managed Mia Love’s successful convention cycle campaign.

A few years ago I founded a business called the Discovery Space Center. The company has grown from four original simulators to ten—with two more currently under construction. I serve as the company’s CEO and Chairman of the Board.

In 2013, I was elected Chairman of the Utah County Republican Party. As Chairman, I led successful fundraising efforts for the party and helped bring greater conservative influence to local issues throughout our county.

Last year, I led the effort against the proposed Proposition One tax increase, which Utah County voters defeated by a 59% to 41% vote. Prior to the vote, I sponsored a resolution passed by the Utah County Republican Party that declared the Party’s official opposition to Proposition One. I also held dozens of cottage meetings throughout the county, which I used to inform voters about the negative consequences of Proposition One.

My wife (Kathryn), our four little boys, and I are building a home together in Eagle Mountain.

Why are you running for Utah County Commissioner?

I am running because Utah County needs and deserves a consistent conservative on the County Commission.

If you’re like me, you’re sick and tired of politicians who say and do one thing during their campaigns and then turn around and do the exact opposite once in office. That’s why it’s so important to look at candidates’ records rather than take everything they say at face value.

With me, you don’t have to cross your fingers and hope I turn out to be a conservative. That’s because I have an extensive history of standing up for conservative values and causes when others have not. My record speaks for itself when it comes to important issues like holding UTA accountable, fighting against tax increases, defending the caucus/convention system, and opposing government overreach.

What are the top three issues facing Utah County in the next 4 years and what do you plan to do to confront these?

Taxation – It feels like the tax collector always wants more of your hard-earned money. More than ever, we need elected officials with the courage to stand up and say, “Enough is enough!”

In recent years, Utah County residents have seen increases in their property taxes, sales taxes, gasoline taxes, and the vehicle registration fee. These increases come from all levels of government, and they almost never go away. The Utah County Commission alone has raised sales taxes five times since 2005—and they tried to raise them again last year before Utah County voters defeated that idea by a 59% to 41% vote.

These tax hikes add up to thousands of dollars per household, and I understand the impact that has on our local residents—especially those going through tough economic times and those on fixed incomes. That’s why I have committed to advocate against further tax increases here in Utah County. Instead, I will utilize my skills as a business owner and employer to lower your taxes and manage our county funds in a more fiscally responsible way.

Transportation – We have serious road maintenance problems on some of our local roads throughout Utah County. Unfortunately, last year the Utah County Commission decided by a 2-1 vote to commit $65 million of our future road money to the highly controversial Bus Rapid Transit project, also known as BRT. That money, which should be used for roads, will now be spent to create bus-only lanes down some of Provo and Orem’s busiest streets.

As a Utah County Commissioner, I will make sure we address our critical roads needs first. We should not hand over more of our precious transportation dollars to UTA in hopes that more people will magically begin using public transportation. Instead, we should use that money to invest in our roads through better maintenance and smarter construction.

Transparency – Voters deserve a welcoming government that values citizen input and involvement. That’s why I came up with the following six-point plan to improve transparency in the Utah County Commission:

1. Hold the weekly Commission meetings at a more convenient time.

2. Live-stream and record the Commission meetings.

3. Make publicly available the documents associated with each item on the weekly Commission agenda.

4. Update the Utah County website.

5. Respond to open records requests completely and in a timely manner.

6. Maintain an open door policy.

About author

Richard Jaussi
Richard Jaussi 32 posts

Richard is a political junkie. He teaches Political Science and US Constitution courses at a University. Richard can be found reading books on American history and politics. He resides in Utah County with his wife, 4 kids, and Frodo (their dog). You can reach him at fortyfivepolitics@gmail.com.

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