Northern District Commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Transportation Mike Tagert is not seeking re-election to the position that he has held since 2011, and now, a candidate has stepped forward in the race to replace him.
Geoffrey Yoste (R), an Army veteran, has qualified to run and said that he is the right man for the job.
“I believe one of the most basic functions of good government is providing taxpayers with quality infrastructure. Our roads, bridges, waterways, rail and airports are essential resources for economic development and job creation. As your commissioner, I will focus on making sure that all modes of transportation are an asset in the recruitment of more and better jobs for Mississippi. My three decades of experience in government and the private sector have prepared me to take the job on day one.” Yoste said.
Yoste graduated from Ole Miss in 1988 with a degree in business administration and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
According to Yoste, he served the bulk of his military career as a combat engineer in the 223rd Engineer Battalion in the Mississippi Army National Guard. Upon his retirement from the military in 2004, Geoffrey served as the Director of Mississippi Operations for DRS Technologies. In this capacity, he directed several strategic initiatives in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense.
In 2008, He founded Yoste Strategic Partners, LLC a professional business development consulting practice supporting defense industry clients.
A sixth-generation Mississippian, Yoste has lived in Lafayette County with his wife, Julie, and their three children for the past 18 years.