Candidate Profile: Tommy Dunn
by Alan Reed -- areed@cadizrecord.com
Apr 26, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Republican candidate Tommy Dunn, running for the Magistrate’s Seat for Trigg County District 1, proudly lists his current occupations as “retiree and full-time grandfather.”

Happily married, Dunn has one daughter and one grandson.

This lifetime resident of Trigg County began his professional life working at International Shoe, and then worked briefly for Tommy Fourshee. The bulk of his work experience lies with Pennyrile Electrical, working as a meter reader for 37.5 years. One of his duties at Pennyrile included using a Global Positioning Satellite receiver to pinpoint the location of every power pole in Trigg County. He retired on January 1 of this year.

Currently he enjoys a more leisure life and supports his grandson Jordan McNichol, who plays first base for Trigg County High School.

His life as a retiree is part of why he feels driven to run for office. “I have plenty of time for the community as a retiree and feel like I ought to give back to the community that has given me so much,” he said.

Communications between his office and constituency was a unifying theme of his candidacy. “If elected and something big comes along, I feel I ought to call my people and get their opinion on the issue.”

Dunn happily describes the two Democratic candidates, and his Republican primary opposition as friends. Perhaps because of this, he was reluctant to champion his own goals, or disparage any rivals. “I really don’t feel like anything sets any of the four candidates apart from one another, really. I saw (Republican candidate) Sandy Futrell the other day, and I laughed that he would get one vote. He said the same about me, because we both planned to vote for the other.”

Asked what he would champion in the county if elected, he stated that rode improvement was critical, as well as the promotion of tourism. “We need to see roads paved more often and have a better job done of it. I do not want to be known as a boat-rocker, but if roads are not paved in a satisfactory manner, why should taxpayers be expected to shoulder the cost of redoing the work?”

He felt the natural resources of Trigg County, especially the twin lakes, and the Land Between the Lakes were the greatest assets to exploit when attracting tourists. “Around here, they hold crappie tournaments. (The organizers) give away money and other prizes. Some of the fish are tagged and you can get a prize for them, in addition to the longest or heaviest. Some places like the Cadiz Restaurant open early to serve participants. It’s good for local businesses, restaurants, hotels and other merchants.”

For the rest of this story, please see this week's edition of The Cadiz Record.
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