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March 19, 2014

PRIMARY PROFILES: Magistrates

Districts 1& 2

WHITLEY CITY —     This week, the McCreary County Record is featuring survey responses from Magistrate candidates in Districts 1 and 2, which are printed by office in order of receipt.

    DISTRICT 1: The Record received two responses out of six candidates running at press time.

    Leroy (O.L.) Perry of Parkers Lake is a Republican candidate with a master’s degree in elementary education and 27 years of teaching experience in the McCreary County School System.

    Todd Hansford of Marshes Siding is a Republican candidate who has operated his own business for 11 years. The 37-year-old has two daughters.

    DISTRICT 2: The Record received five responses out of six candidates running.

    David Duncan of Strunk is seeking the Republican nomination. An insurance agent, now with Lakeland Insurance, Duncan has lived in McCreary County most of his life but did run offices in Nashville and Bowling Green as well as doing environmental work in 17 states.

    Roger Phillips of Stearns is currently serving his third term as District 2 Magistrate. The Republican incumbent has more than 11 years experience including 480 hours of Local Government Training.

    Delmer Mathews of Strunk has owned Mathews Greenhouse since 1981. The Republican candidate also worked as an Assistant Manager for KVAT/Food City and attended college.

    Jonathan Coffey of Rattlesnake Ridge is the sole Democrat candidate. A 1998 graduate of McCreary Central High, Coffey graduated from Berea College in 2002. Since that time, he has worked for the McCreary County Board of Education.

    Tony Hansford of Marshes Siding is seeking the Republican nomination. He is a supervisor at Sunrise Children Services, where he has worked for 12 years. Hansford and his wife have two children and one grandchild.

What is your vision for McCreary County as a whole and/or your District specifically?

    LEROY PERRY: I would like to see McCreary County progressively move forward using all available resources. All decisions will be made with the best interest of McCreary County and District 1 in mind. My District is one of four districts. Working together the four Magistrates with the Judge Executive can see progress towards this goal.

    TODD HANSFORD: My vision is to move our county into the 21st century. We, as a community, are far behind surrounding areas. I would also like to improve the quality of life in our county.

    DAVID DUNCAN: My vision to get a good group of people in office that will work together with our business leaders and citizens to promote and build this county.

    We need more law enforcement, we need to continue to improve our ambulance service we need people working on grants to grow this county and bring job opportunities to this county. My district needs help to improve our fire protection class on the west end, it is the highest it the county and is hurting the citizens on getting and affording home insurance. Most of our roads are in great shape but we still have a lot of back and secondary roads that need help. These need  prioritized as a whole, county wide with the worst roads first and all roads on a rotation, let the road superintendent do his job.

    ROGER PHILLIPS: My vision for McCreary county is that anyone that wants to live here and raise there family with a good paying job will be able to do so. County government has very little to do with creating jobs. All that we can do is to provide the right infrastructure that is needed and to provide essential services that help all other citizens everyday. My vision for my district would be additional water expansion and additional pavement for roads.

    DELMER MATHEWS: I cannot think of only one District but have to see McCreary county as a whole. I would like to see McCreary county become more attractive to the tourists and be a place they would like to come back to each year and a place that they would tell their friends about. I would also like to see more jobs in the county so that our people did not have to drive to surrounding counties to find work.

    JONATHAN COFFEY: I think that, as a county, we face many problems but the two problems we should specifically focus on are economic development and our jailing situation. In terms of economic development, our county is significantly behind our neighboring counties. We are seeing fewer and fewer jobs being created in this county, and that is a problem for our current workforce as well as student graduating from high school and college. Our county also needs a jail. I think that it should be reopened or rebuilt, and this should happen as soon as possible.

    TONY HANSFORD: I want to be a part of bringing McCreary County into the 21st Century. We need this to compete with our surrounding counties.

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