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Incumbent Leo Goeders To Campaign As Independent Candidate For Supervisor

By Staff | Sep 30, 2008

The incumbent chair of the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors has announced his candidacy for re-election as an independent candidate in the Nov. 4 elections. Leo Goeders is completing his 14th year as a member of the Board of Supervisors, representing District Three.

“I am very proud to have been able to serve the voters of District Three during these past 14 years, but there is much to be accomplished in the future,” Goeders noted. “I have worked hard during my tenure on economic development and the creation and retention of jobs for our residents, and I want to continue that work.”

During his tenure on the Board of Supervisors, Goeders has been heavily involved in the county’s economic development efforts, working diligently on the creation of Enterprise Zones, which have aided the creation of numerous jobs through the creation of Skyjack, AGP, POET Biorefining and the Wild Rose Casino and Resort. The Enterprise Zone designation Palo Alto County received is one of only 25 such designations in the entire state.

“Through the Enterprise Zones, we have been able to provide tax incentives, not give-a-ways, to bring these employers to our county, which in turn has led to jobs for our residents,” Goeders noted. “And, we have been able to focus on building and improving our roads and bridges to support our businesses.”

Goeders has also worked hard to hold the line on spending and county budgets. Through determined scrutiny, tax askings were actually lowered for the county’s budget during the current fiscal year. “I have helped to streamline various county budgets, and I feel that controlling spending, and giving the taxpayers the best value for their tax dollars, must continue to be a priority of the county supervisors.”

In his tenure, Goeders has served on numerous boards as a representative of the Supervisors, including the Palo Alto County Economic Development Council.

“Economic development isn’t just about jobs, its also about people choosing to live here, and having young people who have left the area returning to live here,” Goeders noted. “When these people move here, they help broaden our tax base, which in turn lowers tax levies for all taxpayers, but yet, it helps our county grow and prosper.”

“We face a very exciting future in our county, with many opportunities ahead of us,” Goeders noted. “It will take dedicated, forward-thinking, responsible leaders to guide us in these upcoming times. I will do my very best to be that kind of leader. I ask you to support me in my bid for re-election as an independent candidate for Supervisor District Three on Nov. 4.”