Parade season means political season as candidates old and new get out to press the flesh with voters. A new face this season is Jeremy Yost running for state representative.
Yost is running as a Republican for the 110th District seat now held by fellow Republican Reggie Phillips. He was in Crawford County recently visiting local businesses and the Hutsonville Riverfest parade.
Yost earned his Bachelor of Science in Management from the University of Phoenix while serving in the United States Navy. He attended graduate school at EIU while studying for his Master of Science in Technology focusing on training and development.
He is CEO of Yost Enterprises and Yost Management Services, Inc.; Vice President of Yost Management Company, LLC and says he has developed more than $22 million in real estate.
"I come from a proud family that has been entrepreneurs for as long as I can remember. I want to work for you," Yost said on his website. "We need to create stronger communities and reform our government. With nearly a decade of small business experience, I know what it takes to find solutions, navigate complicated governmental agencies, and get things done."
Yost appears to be a conservative Republican who is a supporter of business, the Second Amendment, agriculture, and is also conservative on family and pro-life issues. He says he is a lifetime NRA member and current concealed-carry permit holder.
"We need to focus on creating jobs and building a stronger Illinois economy," Yost said on his website. "Raising taxes on the hard-working people of Illinois is not the way to build a better Illinois. We need to reduce the size scope and spans of our government."
Business reform he says he will fight for includes permanent property tax reform and overhaul business tax reform. Yost believes the state is overtaxing what he calls the largest revenue generator in the state, the business community.
"By encouraging businesses to invest back into their employees, business and local communities we can build a strong viable economy for our families in Illinois," he said. "The government must become a partner with the business community not a roadblock to prosperity."
He would also like to safeguard the agriculture industry from over-regulation.
He supports term limits. "I believe in serving no more than six terms (12 years) in the Illinois House," he said on his site. "This provides enough time for a public servant to focus on doing the peoples work and not simply existing for the purpose of collecting power and a paycheck."
On education, Yost supports access to a "fair and equitable education system" that provides future generations the tools needed to prosper.
Yost's professional memberships include serving on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Housing Council, Coles Together Board of Directors, Illinois Affordable Housing, NFP Board, Affordable Assisted Living Coalition Board, Central Illinois Board of Realtors Member, Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce, Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, Coles County Republican Precinct Committeemen, EIU Panther Club Executive Board, and EIU Foundation Board.
He was a past Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce board of director, past finance office for the American Legion Post 93. Yost is a master mason and lifetime member of Masonic Lodge 35. He is also a lifetime member of the EIU Alumni Association, and lifetime member of the NRA. In 2007 and 2008 he was the Navy Region Midwest Sailor of the Year Runner-up while serving in the United States Navy.
Yost and his wife, Amanda live in Charleston, and have two children, Annabelle and William.