Many of you know Casey from the Space Center and the Discovery Space Center. There are more of you who remember Casey as an awesome flight director in a number of starship simulators spanning many years. Did you also know that Casey was the chairman of the Utah County Republican Party? What an impressive resume for someone his age.
I know Casey as all of those things and more. He is a dedicated, caring, intelligent member of the millennial generation with a talent for bringing people together for common cause. He is gifted at seeing the big picture while still keeping his eye on the pixels from which that picture emerges. He is a compassionate conservative, an true fiscal conservative, a big tent conservative who prefers to ignore those who classify and pigeonhole. He understands one simple fact - even those who disagree with him have a right to their opinion and a right to be heard.
Casey is passionate about making government work for the people. He is opposed to the nanny state yet understands there are times when the government, acting in society's best interests, should help those who cannot help themselves.
I've known Casey since he was in elementary school. He and I have had many long, long talks covering issues from space center management, to politics, to life in general. I've seen him in good times and bad and not once have I witnessed Casey compromise his values. Bluntly said, he can't be bought - period. That being said, one of the things I respect most about Casey is his willingness to sincerely study the issues and change his opinion when necessary based solely on the facts and logic of a situation, not the emotion or the name behind the petition. He is the kind of person who soldiers on right beside the people he serves.If you know me, then you know I practice a strict online and classroom neutrality toward religion and politics. I believe it is a teacher's responsibility to represent an entire community when standing in front of a class. I present the arguments, teach students to think and reason, and then expect them search out their own positions.
Simply put, I trust Casey. I ask you to do the same.
Space and Science News
by Mark Daymont