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LEBANON JUNCTION - Four Democrats and two Republicans will be battling on May 18 with a single goal - winning their party’s nomination.
The Democratic and Republican survivors will then face off in November for the seat of Fourth District magistrate on Bullitt Fiscal Court.
In the Democratic primary, incumbent David Walker will be challenged by Wayne Doan, Jerry Flener and Ronnie Miller.
For the Republican nomination, John David Bradshaw and George “Joe” Rayhill will make their first bid at political office.
Wayne Doan spent 34 years serving General Electric as a loyal employee. Now, he wants to give something back to his community.
One goal would be to make sure Lebanon Junction gets back its fair share of the county budget.
Another goal will be to have the county become more aggressive in seeking grant funding to help alleviate some of the revenue shortfalls.
Doan said he has heard from county employees who are not pleased with the new insurance plan and he would like to see if anything could be done to improve that situation.
He has also heard many requests from residents wanting roads to be taken into the county’s maintenance program.
Jerry Flener is no stranger to county government.
For over three years, Flener worked as the animal control officer and said he had the opportunity to work in management and in preparing a budget.
Flener said that reducing the budget for the detention center is a top priority. He would be willing as magistrate to work with whoever is elected jailer to see if expenses could be cut or it federal inmates could be housed to generate revenue.
Another priority would be restoring the parks and recreation to the days of old when pools were full and ball fields were packed.
He said youngsters need something to keep them busy and he would like to see a major entity come in that would have multiple indoor volleyball and basketball courts.
And he would like to make sure EMS is taking care of the citizens. He said they should continue to be stationed in various locations to better serve those in need.
As magistrate, Flener said he would listen to the people.
“I will be honest in the decisions that are brought before me and make sure that it’s a decision that will help our community. I will listen to the taxpayers in the Fourth District and get their input on all decisions to make sure we make the best possible decision for our community.”
Flener said he would work with the county judge and magistrates on every issue no matter their political party or gender.
“The leadership I will bring will be for the taxpayers of Bullitt County and no decision will be made without thinking of the taxpayers first.”
Ronnie Miller has been traveling the roads of Bullitt County the past 37 yeas as a customer service technician for Windstream Communications.
Having listened to the concerns of the people during that time, Miller said he is able to bring a new approach to fiscal court.
Looking at the current situation, Miller said many of the existing roads are not up to standards. He said before housing developments were approved, the roads should have been improved.
He questioned where the ever-rising county tax dollars were going because he didn’t feel the roads were improving.
He would like to see tax breaks for businesses to relocate to Bullitt County to create new jobs. With added jobs comes the ability to support more retail business, said Miller.
He would also like to hold a community fund-raiser to make sure the swimming pools are reopened. Funds could also go to the parks so that children would have a safe place to play.
Miller said showing leadership is having the ability to reach out to the people of Bullitt County. And then you must be able to convince the public that your plans are worthy of their support. Once a plan is started, Miller said those plans must be followed through to completion.
David Walker has been a public servant for the past 22 years, first serving 10 years on the Lebanon Junction City Council and the past 12 as magistrate of the Fourth District.
A top issue to address during the next four years will be the health and welfare of the community. Part of this will include an added awareness of environmental issues.
Walker believes all county agencies must work together to secure more grant funding for these areas.
He also wants to see the Highway 245 corridor develop and improvements begin to widen Highway 44.
The best way to tackle these costly issues would be for a coordinated effort with state and local officials from agencies such as tourism, the Chamber of Commerce and citizens from the community to devise a plan of attack.
Continued expansion of the infrastructure must be another top priority.
Walker said much work has been done but more must be accomplished by working with companies such as the Louisville Water Co., Louisville Gas and Electric and the Bullitt County Sanitation District.
The employee of the Bullitt County Public School System said his experience in elected office makes him a strong candidate for re-election. Also, he said continuing education has allowed him to remain current on issues that affect local government.
“Leadership entails working with the citizens to identify issues and to implement solutions,” said Walker. “I will continue to consider the concerns and needs of all my constituents, while being fiscally responsible.”
John David Bradshaw believes he is the best choice.
“Simply, I am the best choice,” said Bradshaw. “I am a person of character. I am a hard-working, honest, tell-it-like-it-is individual. I have management experience to deal with budget issues and day-to-day operations of the county.”
The television broadcast engineer said the economy is the biggest issue in the race.
“We need more jobs in Bullitt County,” said Bradshaw, who would like to see a task force formed with the goal of developing a plan for growth and expansion of business and industry.
Bradshaw would like to see education improve in the county and a part of this means that students should be encouraged to stay in school and go on to college.
Another issue to tackle will be accountability.
“It is time for everyone in leadership to accept the responsibility for their actions,” said Bradshaw. “Stop trying to blame someone else for the mess you are in and own up to the fact that you probably contributed to the situation.”
He said leadership would be a key attribute of future officials.
“Leadership is about getting out in front of the crowd and showing them how it is done,” said Bradshaw. “It is about sharing your vision and your passion so well that others want to follow you.”
As magistrate, he said you must respect your constituents and your fellow members of fiscal court.
George “Joe” Rayhill had thought about running for public office for a number of years and the time was finally right.
His concern over the last 15 years is that the Fourth District may not be getting the growth seen in the rest of the county.
With the expanding infrastructure, Rayhill wants to make sure the district is part of that growth.
The budget will be a key issue, according to Rayhill. He felt fiscal court needed to learn a better way to spend its money.
He would like to pursue any grant money that might be available. He would like to see some kid-oriented projects in the entire county for the youth.
A major issue would also be getting the proper share of the tax dollars returned to the Fourth District. Many people aren’t sure the district has gotten its fair share.
As a construction worker, maintenance technician and minister, Rayhill said he hopes there would also be additional residential growth in the district. With that growth, he would like to see more schools constructed in the district.
“I want to be able to help the community,” said Rayhill. “That includes getting all the things possible for the Fourth District.”