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LEBANON JUNCTION - Over the first 10 years in office, David Walker has seen many accomplishments both in the county and in his Fourth District.
With a desire to continue to strive for improvements, Walker has filed for a fourth term on Bullitt Fiscal Court.
Walker has three opponents in the May primary, where the winner will face a Republican opponent in the fall.
“I still enjoy what I’m doing,” said Walker, who works for the Bullitt County Public School System. “I feel like I’ve been able to help a lot of people.”
While some may have wanted him to run for another office, Walker said the magistrate’s seat is perfect. He has a district to cover and has the time to meet the needs of the public.
When he gets calls, most deal with road issues.
Over the past 10 years, Walker said the county has paved a record number of streets and has taken many into its maintenance program.
He is most proud of the work to get water service to unserved areas, much of which fell in the Fourth District.
He estimated thousands of new customers got dependable water service thanks to the merger of Kentucky Turnpike Water District and Louisville Water Co.
LWC not only extended service to a lot of new customers but the firm also upgraded existing lines and opened up a lot of land for development.
Lebanon Junction now has two sources of water.
Walker is also proud of the creation of the Bullitt County Drug Task Force.
He said the task force took a lot of drug dealers off the streets of Bullitt County.
The magistrate said the county has secured a number of federal and state grants over the years.
In the field of medical service, Walker is very pleased with the strides made.
Fiscal court worked with state officials to help secure the Jewish Hospital Medical Center South in Hillview. Eventually, the facility will provide in-patient care.
That brought a number of other medical specialists to the county.
Fiscal court also opted to put EMS units in satellite locations to make response times quicker. Walker said it was especially helpful in his southern district.
Finally, the 911 Central Dispatch system has been upgraded and implementation of the CAD system will be part of the next term’s goals.
Over the next four years, Walker said the GIS system would be integrated into the CAD system. Talking an eight-hour class on GIS at Elizabethtown Community College, Walker said amazing things could be accomplished once the CAD system is fully implemented.
He also wants to explore ways to improve recreational opportunities in the county. Walker said it goes beyond simply offering programs.
And, with the tight economy, Walker said fiscal court members would have to work with the county judge to get through the tough times. He said being very careful with expenses is a key.
“Experience is very valuable,” Walker said of his ability to best serve the people.
Prior to election to fiscal court, Walker served as a Lebanon Junction city councilman. That experience helped him as magistrate.
His experience allows him to understand issues and to know the right person to talk with on a concern or a project.
Walker said he has been able to communicate and cooperate with the county judge and he is will to listen to ideas from anyone in the county.
“I can agree to disagree,” said Walker. “I think I am the best candidate for the Fourth District.”