Know your candidates
by Justin McGill, Executive Editor -- jmcgill@cadizrecord.com and Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
May 05, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Editor’s note: This story features information on candidates in contested races on the ballot for the Trigg County Primary Election set for May 18. DISTRICT 4 MAGISTRATE

Denise Brashears (Republican)

When Denise Brashears, 42, isn’t performing her duties as chief for the Cerulean Volunteer Fire Department, she is a stay-at-home mom. This is her first time running for office.

Brashears is running because she thinks the Cerulean and Wallonia areas are somewhat underrepresented and could use more money, especially on infrastructure in general and on roads in particular. She added that with more dollars, many improvements could be made to the area.

“When the ice storm hit last year, I realized how isolated we really are,” Brashears said. “It took the county until June to finish clearing the debris.”

Michael Hyde (Republican)

Michael Hyde, 45, is running for District 4 Magistrate on the Republican ticket. Although this is his first time running for public office, Hyde currently serves on the Lake Barkley Water District Board.

Hyde worked at Johnson Controls for 17 years before getting into farming full time, and he was in the University of Kentucky’s Agriculture Leadership Program, during which he sat in on sessions of the Kentucky General Assembly as well as the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Currently, Hyde co-owns the Barkley Plantation Assisted Living Community with his wife, Clara Beth Hyde.

Hyde said he’s running because he wants more economic opportunities in Trigg County and doesn’t want graduates to have to move away to find jobs. And given the highways that pass through the county, there is potential for new opportunities, he said.

“I was born and raised in Trigg County, and I think it’s got a lot of potential to be put on the map,” Hyde said.

Larry Dale Rogers (Democrat)

Larry Dale Rogers, 43, said he wants to provide a good voice for the people of District 4 while trying to help grow Trigg County and make local government better.

“I like to use a lot of common sense judgment,” Rogers said. “I want to do my best to be fair to everyone, but I’m not afraid to buck the system.”

Rogers, owner of Cerulean Market, said he thinks improving the local economy through attracting new business should be a top priority for the county.

“While we’re trying to promote Trigg County, we should be trying to sell people on Trigg County at the same time,” Rogers said.

Rogers said he’d also like to see more youth-oriented businesses in the county and that county residents should speak up when they have an idea they think might work.

“I think the community should be more involved in decisions,” Rogers said. “We need more feedback from the community before we act.”

Danny E. Stewart (Democrat)

Danny Stewart, 44, would like to see the Trigg County Sheriff’s Department have a detective on staff, and that might be one thing on his agenda if he’s elected Magistrate of District 4.

While Stewart has no political experience, he said he believes his involvement on the executive boards for the Kentucky Junior Rodeo Association, Wrangler Division and the Kentucky High School Rodeo Association would prepare him to serve on the Fiscal Court.

“It’s a similar kind of deal, 12 or 14 people on these boards that work with the budgets and vote on what to do with the money,” Stewart said. “It’s on a smaller scale, but it’s about the same thing.”

Stewart said he also believes that, as a longtime Cerulean resident, his knowledge of the district and its citizens makes him a good candidate.

“Not having a typical 9-to-5 or 8-to-5 job lets me be out there more and talk to more people,” Stewart said. “I was born and raised in Cerulean, and I feel like I have real strong ties with the community.”

Garnett P. Hayes, Jr.

(Democrat)

Cerulean farmer Garnett Hayes, 60, thinks his 30-plus years of service as a county and state government employee have prepared him to serve as Magistrate of District 4.

“After working for human resources for 30 years, I don’t think there’s anything that could come up in the magistrate position that I couldn’t handle,” Hayes said. “I’m going into this like most everyone else is, not knowing what to expect. Everyone says you just go to the meetings and draw a check, and I know there’s more to it than that.”

A 1968 grad of Trigg County High School, Hayes also volunteers with Trigg County Humane Society and Wildlife Relocation Program. He is a longtime National Rifle Association member and an avid supporter of Second Amendment rights.

Hayes said he won’t be hard to find if he’s elected.

“I intend to be ‘just a shout away,’ making my services available 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Hayes said.

Jeff Broadbent

(Democrat)

Cerulean resident Jeff Broadbent, 45, said he’d like to serve as Magistrate so he can work for the best interests of his family and other famlies in the 4th District.

“This is where my wife and I chose to raise our kids,” Broadbent said. “I’d like to do what I can for my home community. I want to make sure that the concerns of our district are heard on the Fiscal Court.”

Broadbent, who serves at Cerulean Baptist Church, retired as an Army first sergeant after 20 years of service. He is also a retired state employee, having worked in juvenile justice and mental health, and is employed currently at Pennyroyal Center working with mentally disabled.

His initial list of items needing attention in District 4 includes more street lights, bridge repair in Wallonia, paved roads in Paradise subdivision, sidewalk repair in Cerulean, work to prevent water from draining over roads and more police patroling.

Marc Terrell (Democrat)

Marc Terrell, 41, has served on the Trigg County School Board and the Trigg County Hospital Board, and he believes experience from both of those positions would help him serve on the Fiscal Court.

“Leadership qualities and experience, working with budgets and the political process, gives me an advantage over the other candidates,” Terrell said.

Terrell said the fact that incumbent Lacy Bush chose not to run for re-election opens the door for “new blood” on the Fiscal Court.

“I’m a young 41, if you will, and in light of the economy and the trouble we’ve had locally with jobs, we really need some forward-thinking people,” Terrell said. “I’m certainly not a ‘Yes’ person.”

DISTRICT 5 MAGISTRATE

Terry Lee Vickery

(Republican)

Trigg County High School employee Terry Lee Vickery, 49, said his desire to help people in his community inspired him to file as a candidate for District 5 Magistrate..

“I take great pride in our community,” Vickery said. “I want to get to know people, find out their needs and go from there.”

Vickery worked with a few local candidates in his hometown in Alabama. He said he has the characteristics that would make him a good Magistrate.

“I have determination and I’m a hard worker,” Vickery said. “I try to listen to all of the issues before I come up with a conclusion.”

While he said he’s heard more questions recently about alcohol sales in Trigg County, Vickery said, “I’d have to see what the issues are that people are most interested in.”

Richard “Rick” Nelson

(Republican)

Rick Nelson, 40, serves as a field representative for the Family Foundation of Kentucky.

“In over 12 years with the foundation, I’ve developed relationships with legislators and with local officials,” Nelson said. “We work on the issues that our legislature deals with.”

Nelson, who owns and operates a small farm and taxidermy business in Trigg County, said his experience in public policy will translate well if he’s elected to the Fiscal Court.

“I’ve got a broad range of experiences that I think would make me a good representative of the people in this district,” Nelson said. “We’ve raised our children here, and Trigg County is a great place for families. I want to contribute to Trigg County and help it move ahead.”

Ronnie L. Sadler

(Republican)

Ronnie L. Sadler, 55, said he’s long had interest in running for public office but was unable to do so during his 30-plus-year employment with the United States Postal Service. Now, he says he’s available to direct his full attention to serving his neighbors in the 5th District.

“I’m a detail-oriented person,” Sadler said. “I’m a retiree, so would not be trying to manage a full-time or part-time job or run a business while serving as a magistrate.”

Saying the Fiscal Court should do “anything we can do to promote our local economy,” Sadler said he hopes to make a positive impact on progress if he’s elected.

“It’s not about the incumbent deciding not to run, it’s about my interest in helping to move the county forward,” Sadler said. “As a father, grandfather and a husband, I’ve gained a lot of wisdom and experience.”

Tom Ledford (Democrat)

Tom Ledford, 54, is running for District 5 Magistrate on the Democratic ticket. This will be Ledford’s first time running for office. In 1977, he graduated from college, got married and started farming, and has been farming ever since, and in past has raised hogs and various grains but now raises mostly wheat and corn.

Ledford said he his reasons for running include concerns about law enforcement, budgetary issues, and local opportunities for youth, although he admits he doesn’t know how much the Trigg County Fiscal Court itself could do to create said opportunities, save for keeping up infrastructure properly maintained.

“I’ve come to a point in my life where I have the time and inclination to run,” Ledford said. “And I think I’ve got a good handle on how to maintain a budget.”

George Humphries

(Democrat)

George Humphries, 64, is running on the Democratic ticket for District Five magistrate. This will be his first time running for public office since running for the school board and losing by seven votes.

Humphries worked for Johnson Controls, Inc, for 12 years, but left in 1978 and became a farmer. He’s a semi-retired farmer now, and rents part of his fields.

Humphries said one of the reasons he’s running is because he now has time to do so, and because he’s interested in the county and wants to see it run properly. He added that one of the issues that interests him the most is the alcohol issue, but he added that aside from the courts, no one can do much about that issue at the moment.

“I like to talk to people, and now I have time to represent them,” Humphries said.

Greg Major (Democrat)

Greg Major, 43, is running for District 5 Magistrate on the Democratic ticket. Though this is his first time running for public office, he says he has about 20 years of business management skills.

Currently, Major is a co-owner of a building construction company and a drywall company in Trigg County, and before that has been in charge of supervising employees as well as other aspects of business management.

“Over the last several months, I have attended fiscal court meetings and spoken to people within Trigg County business and residents to learn more about the job requirements and expectations of a county magistrate,” Major said.

Major says his skills and experience with business make him qualified to run as magistrate, as he knows how to work with people.

“If someone calls me with a problem, I’ll call them back and we’ll try to work through it,” Major said. “If we can’t work it through, I’ll talk to the judge executive. They may not like my answer, but I will given them an answer.”

James A. Kyler

(Democrat)

James Kyler, 48, is running for District 5 Magistrate on the Democratic ticket, his first time running for public office. For 19 years, he worked for his father at Kyler Bridge company, and for almost the past 15 years, he has had his own excavating company.

Kyler said one of the reasons he is running is because the current magistrate decided not to run.

He also thinks that some aspects of the county could perhaps be managed better, and although he didn’t get into specifics, he said there are probably programs that receive too much money and other programs that don’t receive enough.

“I think there are some things that could be run more efficiently,” Kyler said.
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