After graduating from Trigg County High School in 1999, Chesnut earned a bachelor’s of science degree in economics from Center College. He briefly worked in the insurance field in Lexington before he returned home to help at his father’s businesses, Pennyrile Home Medical and Culligan Water of Western Kentucky in 2003. He married his wife Ashley last year.
At only 25 years of age, Chesnut knows opponents may challenge him not on issues, but on youth and inexperience. He is not fazed by this. “Two issues I have had to overcome are being young and being a Republican. I want people to judge me for who I am and where I stand on issues. A lot of young people think they know it all, but I have learned that I am far from that. I like to learn. I am hoping to learn from older leaders in the community, but not their bad habits, hopefully. I feel like I can learn from other magistrates and my constituency as well. I want to remain open minded, and do business the right way.”
With his parking study, Chesnut has been an advocate for locating the Justice Center downtown. “Cadiz needs to have a court square. In other areas, a court square is a socio-economic nucleus of the community. If you remove the courthouse from downtown, you are removing the heart of downtown. One thing I think should be considered is making the two side streets beside the courthouse into pedestrian walkways. It is a public meeting spot for the entire community. During the Civil War, discussions and treaties were held and signed at courthouses.”
Chesnut feels that Trigg County’s most glaring deficiency is a “lack of vision” within the government about the future. “This is not a two-times-a-month position. There is more work needing to be done,” he said in preface to explaining his positions.
“We have a large influx of seniors retiring to the lakes. They should be embraced, welcomed and integrated into the community. The county should do more than show them that there is enough business nearby to survive on, but inform them of other businesses as well,” he said while discussing attracting new residents to the county.
“The TVA has compiled marketing information about what demographic we fit into. We need to study that and find out what sort of businesses we need and can support. I think we need to attract more than just large industries to the area, but smaller businesses as well. Fred’s opened a store because they learned we had a demographic that would support their store. The question I want to answer is ‘What is Trigg County going to achieve?’” he said.
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