Josh South, Commissioner, District 1

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Josh South is the Republican candidate for Switzerland Commissioner for District 1. He resides on Packet Boulevard in Vevay; and is the husband of Thera South. The couple has three children: Brayden, Emma, and Liam. He is the son of Volina Holman and Mike South. He earned a bachelor of science degree in computer science from Indiana University; and is currently employed at Rotary Lift in Madison.

He is the incumbent candidate for the Commissioner’s office.

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Why are you running for office?

I honestly never pictured myself being in the role of a public servant. Those who know me, know that I am an introvert, but five years ago when I was asked if I had an interest in running for town board, I somewhat reluctantly said yes. I would have never imagined the whirlwind of ups and downs that I have experienced in service of the town and county. I’m not going to lie, there have been times when I questioned whether I should have ever put my name on a ballot. The lows are the lowest of lows and the highs rarely soar very high, but when I look back at what I have had the opportunity to accomplish with my fellow Commissioners and Town Board Members, it all becomes clear. I ran five years ago because I was asked. I run today because I truly feel I can serve the interests of the county as a whole. It’s time for the next generation of leadership to step forward and give their time and effort to serve their county. I feel it is my time.

What are your qualifications?

On occasion, I have been called a “politician”, which I find somewhat funny as I have only served as an elected official for less than five years. In reality, past service as a “politician” should have nothing to do with the qualifications to serve the public. I believe what qualifies me for serving my county as a Commissioner focuses around my willingness to listen to the public, look for problems and come up with solutions. Most importantly the commitment to look beyond what makes me popular, focusing on what is best for my constituents.

What would be your priorities?

My priorities as a commissioner are simple. Continue to improve our Community Owned, Community Operated, Community Designed EMS service. Solve the number of road slips in our county. Bring the public into the decision making process. Focus on upkeep of our buildings. Over the past year, we have put a strong emphasis on infrastructure, replacing roofs, fixing floors and improving HVAC systems in our aging facilities.

What makes you the better candidate?

Simply put, my effort. Feel free to examine my time as a Commissioner and Town Board President. Talk with those I have served with: Keith Smith, Jamie Hayes and Donna Graham on the Town Board and Mark Lohide and Steve Lyons as Commissioners. I ask questions, I listen to the public, and I make decisions.