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America is the greatest country in the world, but we have grave concerns about her future. Our children and grandchildren will not have the same opportunities that we have been blessed with if we do not address America's political decay. We are convinced this decay is due to politicians losing sight of their mission: to represent the people. Politicians now serve special interest groups, their party, and themselves — and that must change.
GOOOH's solution is simple: replace the politicians with 435 everyday Americans. We trust that representatives selected by their peers via the GOOOH system will serve our country better than the professional politicians obsessed with staying in power and controlled by special interest money and political parties. If we want things done differently, we must change the way we choose our representatives.
Each of the founders of GOOOH have strong (and differing) personal beliefs about how we would like to see this country run, but we have put our differences aside to create a non-partisan process that allows everyday Americans to participate - on equal terms - with the rich and powerful. We have taken money out of the equation, added accountability to the process, and given the candidate selection process back to the people.
GOOOH will appeal to the majority of our countrymen, but not everyone. It will not appeal to politicians or party loyalists - we believe that the political parties as they exist today are a big part of the problem. Nor will the system appeal to individuals that devalue the constitutional heritage that our Founding Fathers laid down for us - fringe and special interest groups are not likely to be advanced as Candidates by their district peers when their agendas are revealed in their Questionnaire answers and Selection Session interviews.
We want change. We want true representatives of the common man in office once again. We seek businessmen, teachers, pastors, architects, tradesmen, managers, policemen, theologians, engineers, farmers and other professionals. We are searching for the modern day incarnations of Franklin, Madison and Jefferson. We are looking for men and women just like you.
Jay Schutawie - Jay is a founding member of GOOOH and an editor of Get Out Of Our House: Revolution! He has a Computer Science degree from the University of Miami and has spent the last 25 years working as a software engineer and project manager. Jay is a native of Pennsylvania and currently resides in Austin, Texas.
Brad Hill – Brad is a founding member of GOOOH and a key employee of Avenue A – Razorfish. He is a graduate of the University of Texas, and lives in Austin with his wife and two children.
Kannan Kaliyur – Kannan is a founding member of GOOOH, the President of Connecttel, and the president-elect of TIECon (Austin-based entrepreneur organization). Before founding Connecttel he worked at Wayne-Dresser. He is married and has two children.
The Question Committee is responsible for evaluating suggested changes to the Candidate Questionnaire and the Screening Exam. Committee members serve terms of varying length, and will be considered for renewal when their terms expire along with those who have volunteered to serve. Our intention is to keep a mix of experienced and new members on the Committee.
Kathryn Wilson is a former mediator with a Masters Degree in Organizational Psychology from Antioch Seattle. She had a short stint as a Federal investigator with the EEOC which she left for a lower paying but more rewarding job with a non-profit dispute resolution center in North Carolina. Since coming to Texas she has concentrated on writing a novel based partly on her experience living in Bolivia for a year. She lives with her husband, Ron, in Liberty Hill, Texas.
Wade Strong is a Licensed Professional Engineer with a BS in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. He has designed and planned highways in Texas for the past 26 years. He and his wife, Denise, along with son, Casey, live in Austin. Daughter, Cara, is a student at Texas A&M.
Shawn Roberts has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. She has been in the high-tech industry for the past 17 years and is a Program Manager for a major semiconductor company. She lives in Liberty Hill, TX with her husband of 20 years and her two children, Ty and Taylor.
Steve Armbruster is a 35 year old former Marine and the co-owner of a construction company in the Austin area. He is currently serving as a precinct chair in Round Rock educating and registering voters, and has lived in Austin, Texas with his wife and two kids for the last 13 years.
Roger Bjork has a BSCS degree from Texas A&M University, with a Minor in Industrial Engineering He has been in the high tech industry for 28 years, and is currently working for a large computer and consumer electronics company in central Texas. Roger lives with his wife of 28 years, Julia, in Round Rock, Texas.
Renee Glazer has been a Paralegal for the past 19 years and presently works for the law firm of Gauntt, Earl & Binney, LLP in The Woodlands, Texas predominantly in estate planning. She was previously employed in the legal departments of Compaq Computer Corporation, Tricon Global Restaurants (Pizza Hut, Taco Bell & KFC), ServiceMaster Companies and Wolff Ardis Law Firm, where she held numerous legal positions. She lives in The Woodlands, Texas with her husband Steve, who is a gemologist at Donohos Jewellers in The Woodlands, and their dog, Hootie.