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Lawson believes his ability to work on solutions key as magistrate

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By Thomas Barr

 MOUNT WASHINGTON -- For the past 30 years, Gary Lawson has been in the tire and automotive business.

In that position as owner, Lawson must deal with people and resolve problems on a daily basis.

It is that ability to work with people to reach a workable solution to problems that Lawson believes will serve him well as the next magistrate of the Second District.

Lawson is running in the Republican primary for the Second District seat. The winner will face Democratic opposition in the fall general election.

Lawson, 61, has long been a part of the Mount Washington community. Besides operating his business, Lawson was a firefighter for 16 years and has served on the Mount Washington Fire District Board for the past 16 years, including serving as treasurer.

Besides that, he served two terms on the Mount Washington City Council.

When the time to file arrived, Lawson said he began getting phone calls and requests from friends for him to get into the magistrate's race.

The consensus was that the public is tired of the fighting and bickering that goes on between fiscal court members.

"I can work with anyone," said Lawson.

Besides being a reasonable voice with the ability to work out resolutions, Lawson said he hopes to see the county do more to bring more business to the community.

No matter what part of the county, business will be good for the entire area, said Lawson.

He knows Highway 44 is an on-going problem with no end in sight. However, he was pleased with some of the intersection improvements and he is willing to work with others to see if there might be other solutions to the current situation.

As a member of the city council, Lawson said he was pleased to have worked with the group to get a caution signal on the Mount Washington bypass to alert northbound motorists when the traffic signal at Old Bardstown Road was about to change. He said this has prevented a lot of accidents.