Candidate Profile: Jim Freels
by S. Alan Reed
May 10, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Business experience is touted as Jim Freels’ greatest strength in his candidacy for the magistrate’s seat in District Five. Freels is running as a Republican in the May 16 primary election.

“I think I would make a good magistrate because of my business background. I’ve lived in the community for a while, and am not going anywhere. I know how money and budgets work, and how to keep a business going,” he said.

Freels moved to Trigg County in 1970. He is married to his wife, Wanda, and has two children. He attended classes at Hopkinsville Community College. For the last 18 years, he has been a salesman for automobile dealers. He has worked at Wildcat Chevrolet for 6 years, and for the previous owner for another 7.

“Revenue is generated for the county through property taxes. Trigg County is rich compared to some other counties with comparable populations. The only place that additional money can come from would be taxes, and that is an unpopular stance. The value and need of a new tax must be examined to determine if it is worthwhile or not. Obviously, if the county needs the revenue, and it is worth taxing for, then it is justified. But each must be seen for its own value,” Freels said of taxation.

He added that he was not especially familiar with the process of applying for grants, but knew that the current candidates for Trigg County Judge Executive were advocates of this plan. He hoped to learn more, if elected, from either of the judge executive candidates.

“I’m looking for change in the fiscal court and increase communication at every level, from the court and the citizens and between the judge executive and the magistrates. I want to ensure we are given enough information to make an educated vote, even bringing in an outside source to give a presentation on an issue to make us better informed, then cast our votes. I want to communicate back to the people with a newsletter. It would say what had been done, what my stance was on an issue and why, and get input from the voters. This would be done for every meeting at least. We could use email or a website as well,” he said of his plan to encourage communication within the community.

Popular input, he said, would be welcome. “We have a lot of retired people in our community. These people are people of means that gained a lot of expertise in their fields and were instrumental in their businesses and industries. I would ask people to give some of this back to the community, and ask them to talk to the fiscal court, to offer advice and help make decisions. As much information as possible should be packed into the meetings. We would ask for status reports from various committees around the community, not to micro-manage, but to find out where they stand, and be informed what their needs are, to see where we could help. There are experts within the community. Retirees are a special resource we could tap into to improve the community for everyone.”

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