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Rasner to seek county judge seat as independent candidate

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Depp Rasner still has a passion to help the community and to lead the county.

However, the native Bullitt Countian couldn't see himself during that under the views and opinions of the national Republican Party platform.

So, the 50-year-old Rasner not only changed to Independent but he has also decided to make his second run at the office of county judge/executive.

"This was a very tough decision," Rasner said of moving away from the Republican Party. "When the Washington leaders labeled my beliefs as being radical, that was just too much."

Rasner will be able to watch the other two parties select their nominees this spring and will await the winners in the November general election.

Understanding it will be an uphill battle, Rasner said he is still conservative in his beliefs and he is for limited government.

In making a decision to run, Rasner said he looked at government leaders from the city level to Washington. He was tired of the continuation of raising taxes and then wasting the dollars being collected.

"I want to do something for the middle-class taxpayer and the small business owner," said Rasner, who has operated his photo and graphic arts business since 2001.

In talking with people, he knows they are upset with both parties. If there was ever a time for a third-party candidate, he said now is that time.

"I want to be the representative of the taxpayer," said Rasner. "There are ways to cut waste and better use the tax dollars."

Having served as the deputy county judge, Rasner said he learned a lot about the operations of county government. He was also proud of the work he got started in working with the department supervisors and getting a handle on the financial issues.

"I felt like I was able to do some good things," said Rasner.

Being in the office, Rasner said he did learn the operation of county government and he thinks that knowledge would be valuable in the upcoming fall race.

"I care deeply about this community or I wouldn't make such a tough decision," said Rasner.

He also knows that while not participating in a primary, there is work to be done immediately.

"We have a plan and now we must execute it," said Rasner.

As of last week, incumbent Melanie Roberts will be challenged by magistrate John Bradshaw in the Republican primary. Tony Thompson is unopposed in the Democratic field.

The filing deadline is at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28.