“I know very little of political matters,” he said then.
What he does have, the 37-year-old said in a recent interview with The Cadiz Record, is an eagerness to learn.
“I’ve always been willing to learn,” said the Trigg County High School grad (Class of 1987). “I don’t know all that a magistrate is responsible for, but I want to learn.”
A year ago, the father of a five-year-old son and a 14-year-old daughter “simply asked” County-Judge Executive Berlin Moore for an appointment to the Recreation Board to get his “political feet wet.” It was granted.
“That sparked something,” Futrell said.
Futrell said a couple needs he’s seen in the community — “the need for rebuilding an aging infrastructure” and “the need for better communication between fiscal court and city council” — inspired him to seek office. That, and the need for more political diversity in county government.
“I feel like for most of my life, the political system has been one-sided,” he said.
Having worked the last 13 years for Cadiz, as part of its Waste Water Department, he has glimpsed behind the curtain that obscures some of Cadiz’s infrastructure. He notes, though, that the waste-water plant is itself the new recipient of a large grant, though it leaves much work to be done.
As a city employee who sometimes works on county projects, and as a citizen that sits on a county board, Futrell has witnessed many city-county interactions.
“Watching what goes on in the county and working with the city, I see a need for greater communication,” he said. “Communication is where it’s at.”
Futrell points out, though, that he doesn’t have an agenda, per se. Call it desire.
“I’d consider it a great honor to be a public servant,” he said. “I relish the thought of the phone calls.”
For the rest of this story, please see this week's edition of The Cadiz Record.