Charlie Meier a Washington County farmer, developer, community volunteer, and a Republican of Okawville is running for the newly created 108th District state representative seat. The District is comprised of Clinton, Eastern Madison, Eastern St. Clair, and most of Washington counties.
Charlie believes it is time for the citizens of Illinois to take back their state. No new taxes, less government, and supporting businesses by providing opportunities for growth. Charlies record proves his ability to partner with businesses, direct social services, and lead community initiatives.
Its time for Common Sense in State Government, he said Weve got enough Lawyers in Springfield.
Meier says he has the courage and willingness to be a leader in the mission to get the state of Illinois back on track.
He promised to wage an honest and above-board campaign. If I cant win honestly and fairly, I dont want it. He said.
Charlie is currently in his 5th year of serving on the Washington County Board, having served on the Legislative, Sheriff, Highway, Assessment, and Animal Control Committees. Washington County currently has the lowest unemployment rate in the area. A frugal belief in government makes this possible.
Charlie is a lifelong resident of Washington County, residing on his familys Centennial Farm. In 2009 Charlie was awarded the State of Illinois Conservation Farm Family of the Year, which recognizes leaders in land conservation that uphold the responsibility to restore its natural productive beauty for future generations. Charlie is well aware that productive soil is Americas number one resource.
He is currently working on his second development with villas and single family residences.
He is also a Board member of Southwestern Illinois RC&D, Inc., serving the counties of Madison, St. Clair, Clinton, Washington, Bond, Monroe, and Randolph. Southwestern Illinois RC&D, Inc. is an independent, non-profit, non partisan, incorporated organization. Its primary purpose is the conservation, development and proper use of the resources which will result in increased job opportunities, economic stability, and provide for a quality environment in the area.
This has helped Charlie in understanding the business aspect of dealing with F.E.M.A., E.P.A. and zoning regulations in Illinois.
Charlie is also the Vice- Chairman of B.C.M.W. serving Bond, Clinton, Marion, and Washington counties with Social Services, including Head Start, senior meals, weatherization, handicap rehab, and LIHEAP.
Charlie has been a member of the Addieville Area Jaycees since 1979 and served on the state board twice. He was honored with his Jaycee senatorship and served on the Illinois Jaycee Senate Board in 2009. In 1988 Charlie was recognized as one of the 10 outstanding young people in the state of Illinois.
Locally Charlie is always volunteering. He has been a 4-H leader for 27 years. Charlie has been a Charter Member of the Heritage House and Museum in Okawville since 1982 helping it grow into 3 properties, one of which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Charlie has been an instrumental player in restarting the local AG and FFA program at Okawville High School. Charlie has been a Chamber member since 1992 and presently serves on the tourism tax committee. He is a life member of St. Peters U.C.C. Church, Sunday school teacher, and has served on numerous committees there.
It will take a lot of hard work, common sense, honesty and determination to bring new jobs, shrink government, and balance the states budget, he said. These are the things that I will help the citizens of Illinois take back control.