“I can’t really complain about the way fiscal court has done things, but I think the time has come for some changes. I feel like I’ve got to do the job myself if I want a change made, so I am seeking office,” Rogers said.
Rogers, married to his wife Suzi, is the father of three. He works at White Hydraulic in Hopkinsville, and is a cattle and tobacco farmer when time permits. As a sideline, he also sells NASCAR souvenirs on the side from the Cerulean Market. Rogers is a graduate of the Trigg County High School.
Asked to explain what changes he wanted to make, Rogers said he would promote existing assets. “Ideas like using the Internet to help sell Trigg County are what I am looking at. We have some great resources locally, like access to I-24, and the lakes. We need to sell what we have to increase our attractiveness.”
Rogers also felt that the youth of the community needed more recreation. “There needs to be constructive activities for young people. We should encourage businesses that provide these activities. I think there was a skating rink at one time, but the roof caved in.”
Generating income for Trigg County he believed required input from the entire population. “We could always look for more state aid, but everyone feels taxed to death now. Realistically it will probably take a tax increase to keep the government working. If the community could figure out ways to raise money, it should be welcomed.”
Popular input remained one of his common themes for his candidacy. “I would encourage the public to appear at fiscal court and offer feedback. People are the best solution to any problem. If you don’t ask, it is hard to get input.”
The media, Rogers said, was the best method of disseminating information so that “everyone could be on the same page, when it came time for decisions to be made.”
He added later, “I do not want to vote on anything without the input of the constituents in my district.”
As a farmer, Rogers said that he felt that state and federal supplements and assistance were adequate to keep county farms in operation, but felt that the county could assist farmers in other ways. “Events like seminars would be ok, especially if the county brought in speakers to tell us about new methods of farming, or other information to make us more productive and profitable.”
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