Vote Amy Goodwin for Mayor of Charleston
Amy Goodwin is applying to be Charleston's next mayor because she wants Charleston to be a place where her two boys--and your children and grandchildren--not only can stay, but will want to stay. Charleston is a special place full of wonderful people, but we have our challenges. We are losing population. We are in the midst of a regional drug crisis. We have a water system in which many have lost confidence. Amy has a plan to tackle our challenges and chart a course for a better future for Charleston, but she needs your help.
Amy Shuler Goodwin--daughter of Floyd Shuler, a small business owner, and mother Pat Shuler, an elementary school teacher--grew up in West Virginia. Having been raised in a family who owned a sporting goods store, Goodwin and her sister Karen Shuler Stakem discovered their passion for sports and the outdoors. It was the selfless acts of public service of Goodwin's grandfather, the late Dr. Albert Blatnik, and her grandmother, the late Senator Thais Blatnik that sparked her interest in serving her fellow West Virginians.
Goodwin most recently served as the Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Tourism for the State of West Virginia. During her tenure, Goodwin launched #GoToWV, which now spans across several social media platforms--including Facebook which consistently ranks within the top three states on engagement. Goodwin also set in motion the nationally recognized “Real.” campaign, which showcases real stories and authentic experiences of people living in the Mountain State. Longwoods International, one of the world’s leading research firms, credited Goodwin for advances in marketing and advertising West Virginia’s assets and doubling the return on investment within the state Division of Tourism.
Goodwin served as Communications Director and chief spokesperson for Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Governor Bob Wise. During her career, Goodwin also served as chief spokesperson for a presidential candidate, a congressman and mayor of the City of Charleston.
Goodwin owned and managed a public relations firm, was an anchor and reporter, and taught senior level public relations courses for the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism at West Virginia University and the University of Charleston.
Goodwin graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in journalism and a minor in political science. During her time at West Virginia University, Goodwin served as Vice President of the student body.
Goodwin was honored in 2004 by Governor Bob Wise and in 2014 by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin with a Distinguished West Virginian Award for her meritorious service to the state. In 2003 Goodwin was honored as a West Virginia Young Gun, and in 2015 was selected as a member of Leadership West Virginia.
Goodwin serves on the Board of Directors for the Mountaineer Autism Project, is the President of the John Adams Middle School Parent Teacher Association, a member of the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences and a sustainer in the Junior League of Charleston.
Goodwin and her husband Booth Goodwin have two teenage boys—Joe and Sam. When Amy and her husband are not watching their boys play hockey, run cross country, or play in the band they can be found mountain biking, or hiking with their very large lab, Gus (a Kanawha County Animal Shelter pup!)
GOODWIN ANNOUNCES HER INTENT TO APPLY TO BE THE CAPITAL CITY’S MAYORShares plans to grow the city and address its challengesCHARLESTON, WV (February 23, 2017) - Surrounded by family, friends, and supporters at Charleston’s East End Community Park, Amy Shuler Goodwin announced she is applying to be Charleston, West Virginia’s next mayor. Goodwin also shared her plans to start building a coalition of Charlestonians as part of a collaborative effort to identify the Capital City’s strengths and challenges, establish realistic long- and short-term goals, and develop a comprehensive strategic plan with practical solutions.“Booth and I have two teenage boys. We want them to have the ability and the desire to stay here in Charleston--or return here to enter the workforce,” Goodwin said. “Like many folks, I’m tired of hearing about what we could do or what we should do. We need action. We have the foundation and the tools to build a truly great city, but we all must be singing from the same sheet of music. And we must face our challenges head on.”Goodwin highlighted some of the issues facing Charleston: declining population, the regional drug epidemic, and a lack of trust in the water system--among others. Goodwin also emphasized some of the positive things Charleston has going for it:- A relatively sound financial position relative to the State and other West Virginia cities- A virtually brand new civic center- A great riverfront and riverfront venueBut, Goodwin said using the incomplete East End Community Park as the backdrop, “Our city is not at a point where we can just stop. We must build and build fast on that foundation. And we need innovative, forward-thinking people around the table and leading the charge for the future of Charleston.” To read Amy’s Action Plan for Charleston, visit her website at: www.goodwinforcharleston.com.Goodwin—the daughter of a small business owner and an elementary school teacher—grew up in West Virginia. Goodwin was inspired toward public service by her grandfather, the late Dr. Albert Blatnik, and her grandmother, the late West Virginia State Senator Thais Blatnik.Goodwin most recently served as the Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Tourism for the State of West Virginia. Longwoods International, one of the world’s leading research firms, credited Goodwin for advances in marketing and advertising West Virginia’s assets and doubling the return on investment within the state Division of Tourism.For the rest of Amy’s bio, click here: www.goodwinforcharleston.com .# # #
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