Indian Trail Mayor Candidate – Jeff Goodall

Race to November

Who am I?

My name is Jeff Goodall, I am the current mayor pro tem of Indian Trail and I humbly ask Indian Trail residents for your vote for the position of mayor Nov. 8.  I am a retired Air Force officer with 23 years of combined active duty experience in both the U.S. Air Force (Major) and U.S. Marine Corps (Staff Sergeant).  I was born in Concord, N.C. and grew up in Monroe (1963-1975), attended East Elementary, Monroe High School (1973) and Wingate College (1975).

Following retirement, my wife and I moved to Indian Trail in 2005.  During my life, I have been fortunate to live in every corner of the United States and I’m proud to say Indian Trail and Union County offer an overall higher quality of life I have not found elsewhere.  I am proud of my Union County heritage (which goes back to 1808 – Baucoms, Funderburks) and I am especially proud of my current hometown of Indian Trail and the county of Union.

Why am I running?

The potential for Indian Trail is unlimited.  We are blessed to live in Indian Trail and I will work hard to preserve our unique character and identity, our charm, and our qualities and historic areas provided from generations before us that paved our way to today.  We can strive to build a town which is as appealing and inviting as possible to residents and businesses and thus prove once again there is definitely a true meaning to “southern hospitality” by actually walking-the-walk as our citizens have done for generations.

My experience

I am a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (Post 2423, Indian Trail), Air Force Association (AFA), Military Officers Association of America (MOAA).  I voluntarily deployed to Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm (August 1990 – April 1991) supporting B-52 refueling operations as a forward operating base personnel officer on the Saudi Arabian peninsula.

Locally, I enjoyed serving as former chairman of the Brandon Oaks Community Watch Committee from 2006-2007 representing and leading the security and safety needs for over 5,000 Indian Trail citizens.

Most recently I have served as councilman and mayor pro tempore for Indian Trail (2007-current) and I am proud to mention I have never missed a regularly scheduled council meeting during these past four years.

Why this election is important

This election is critical to our future.  This year, there are basically two opposing visions for Indian Trail’s future.  It is vital we continue our current path to a better commercial vis-à-vis residential tax ratio.  This not only helps businesses to succeed, it helps all residents with added conveniences and it eases the pressure to raise residential tax rates provided we increase sales tax and business generated revenues.  To remain on this current course also keeps critical dollars in Union County supporting our own Union County schools and infrastructure rather than exporting our dollars to neighboring county school districts.

I understand everyone will not be happy with everything that happens or does not happen with a municipality’s (or state, or federal) government yet I prefer (and enjoy) working in a common culture where innovative ideas and solid suggestions are considered, debated, deliberated and applauded as we go forward to conquer our many challenges.

I hope all Indian Trail voters make their voices heard Nov. 8 or at early voting at the Monroe Library starting Oct 20.  This is an important crossroads in our future yet I believe and trust informed Indian Trail citizens will make wise decisions this year because they believe as I do – “IT MATTERS!”

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