Trustee George Heath
What inspired you to run for election and continues to drive your passion to serve as an elected official?
I’ve been a Firestone resident for more than 15 years, and I’ve watched Firestone grow from a small town to a viable thriving community. I’ve witnessed the economic growth, as well as the addition of amenities that have enhanced the quality of life that have emerged as a result of the vision and hard work of the Town’s leadership.
I was interested in becoming part of the team that guides our community, and felt I could bring a view of community and connection. I wanted to use my expertise and experience to better my community.
What is your educational and professional background?
I earned a Bachelor of Science in History from Howard Payne College, a Masters of Education in Social Services from Southwestern Baptist Seminary, and a Doctorate of Ministry in Social Studies from Luther Rice Seminary.
Throughout the course of my decades-long career, I’ve owned and/or managed many businesses in upholstery, manufacturing, antiques, hardware and merchandising.
I’ve also been deeply involved in my communities both in Texas and here in Colorado. For example, as a member of the Pleasant Grove, Texas Chamber of Commerce, I served on the committee that brought a hospital to the area. Also while in Texas, I chaired and directed several worthy causes related to spirituality, social work, higher education, seniors, health care, the blind, and the economically deprived.
Since moving to Firestone in 1998, I’ve served on the Firestone Town Board Planning and Zoning Commission; I was a founding member of the Carbon Valley Help Center Committee; I was appointed to both the Firestone Town Board Scholarship Committee; and I’ve served as the Firestore Representative of the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG). I’ve also volunteered as an advocate for three special needs students and served as a representative for the St. Vrain Valley School District Mill Levy Override Campaign.
Today, although I’m retired from working, I’m not retired from living. And I am committed to spending a great deal of time serving the citizens of Firestone.
What legacy do you want to leave?
There are many pressing issues facing Firestone: Business growth, small business office space, housing for our seniors, street and park sustainability, an apprenticeship program at the high-school level, and citizen involvement and participation.
My dream is that more Firestone citizens will get involved in local politics, creating a fully developed Firestone Boulevard that is a true enterprise zone with family restaurants and a regional shopping center. This will bring jobs, housing developments and shops into our Town that will allow us to once again be the fastest growing small town in the Carbon Valley.