PIONEER VILLAGE — For Tony Thompson, the message is clear. He believes Bullitt County deserves better.
With that, the current member of the Pioneer Village City Council has announced his intentions to seek the office of Bullitt County Judge/Executive.
Thompson, 50, has filed paperwork with the state election registry to allow for his campaign to begin.
The Democrat said that in talking with individuals over the last year, there is a common theme — people want a better Bullitt County.
“I have the personality to bring people together to reach a solution,” said Thompson.
A deciding factor in getting into the race came when the county lost 4,000 jobs when Amazon was looking for a distribution facility.
Those jobs went to southern Indiana after local leaders failed to take needed action.
“There is no vision for the future,” said Thompson. “We need jobs to keep our tax rates low.”
For the citizens, Thompson said they are looking for good roads, quality jobs, dependable infrastructure and strong leadership.
“I do believe Bullitt County deserves better,” said Thompson.”And I believe I can help.”
As a frequent visitor to fiscal court meetings, Thompson said it is difficult to witness.
“We need strong leadership,” said Thompson.
Thompson, who has lived in the county for the past 30 years, said that his business background makes him qualified to lead county government.
He managed a Fortune 500 company and then owned Propane Express for five years. He is currently in the sales field.
“I know how to operate a business,” said Thompson.”I know how to work with people and how to supervise people.”
He is not going into the race blind.
Thompson understands that two-term incumbent Melanie Roberts has tremendous support if she opts to run for another four-year term. At the same time, Thompson said he has been encouraged by the response to his possible run.
“I ask them what has she done to improve the county,” said Thompson. ”People will say she is a very nice person but they have trouble saying what positive things she has been responsible for.”
Making it a grassroots effort is a key, said Thompson. He is talking to as many people as possible to get his message out.
As county judge, Thompson said he would raise the expectations of the county. He would be a hands-on county judge who would work hard to make positive changes.
“It’s about leadership,” said Thompson.”I believe I can help get people together who can make Bullitt County a better place.”
The Democratic primary is next May with the general election to follow in November.