Stan Humphries (Republican, incumbent)
Trigg County native and farmer Stan Humphries, 41, was elected the county’s judge-executive in 2006 and believes he’s ready to lead the community again in a potential second term.
“I’ve cultivated connections in Frankfort, know who and when to call in situations, and I think that’s a positive,” Humphries said.
Those connections in the state capitol have been contested by Humphries’ opponent, Linda Humbert, in recent advertisements in The Cadiz Record. Humphries said his work with leaders in Frankfort has helped Trigg County, including the road paving project at Arrowhead Golf Course (in addition to other paving projects in the county) and funding for the new senior citizens center, among others.
“I think we have a good working relationship with Frankfort,” Humphries said. “I grant that it’s a big city, but I would contend that people in Frankfort do know who Stan Humphries is.”
Humphries said he believes some have misrepresented the duties of the judge-executive and believes the person in that position has more power than he or she actually does.
“There are areas mandated by the state that we have no control over,” Humphries said. “There’s a lot f things a judge-executive is responsible for, but I think sometimes it’s thought that we’re responsible for things that actually come from a special district in the community, whether it’s the library, hospital, health department or something we support but oftentimes don’t have the final say of what takes place with them.”
Trigg County’s unemployment rate ballooned with the recent loss of Johnson Controls, but the rate has decreased in recent months, and Humphries said “that can be attributed to the effort of a lot of people in our community and supported by this office.”
With JCI’s recent move of much of its operations overseas, Humphries said there’s little Trigg County could have done to keep the company here. He said sustaining what the county currently has and working with existing manufacturers should be a priority.
“Expansion of existing plants is a possibility,” Humphries said, noting recent growth at Transcraft. “Industry recruitment is an ongoing task, and things have changed dramatically in the last two years. We feel comfortable in our recruitment right now.”
Humphries said Trigg County competes with other counties in the region for the same tourism dollars, and with that in mind, the effort was completed to consolidate the Trigg County Economic Development Council, Cadiz-Trigg County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Commission.
“That’s something we envisioned as needing to be done for us to be competitive,” Humphries said. “It’s an areas we see promise in, and I think it will be a good fit for them.”
Linda Humbert (Democrat)
Linda Humbert, 58, has spent 36 years of her life working in marketing and advertising, the last 18 of which as owner of her sales and marketing company Ramblin’ Rose Ranch, Inc. She says she’s ready to use that experience to help bring new businesses and jobs to Trigg County.
“I feel that with an unemployment average last year of over 15 percent, our biggest problem in Trigg County is bringing in jobs and strengthening our business base,” Humbert said. “I don’t see where that has been a priority with our current administration, and I think somebody needs to make it a priority.”
Humbert has owned her business in Trigg County for over 11 years and said she believes she knows what businesses are looking for in a community like this one. That knowledge led her to co-found Business Incubation Projects of Western Kentucky, Inc., which has applied for $8 million in grants for two separate projects that could bring new businesses to Trigg County.
“There are a lot of reasons that industrial employers come here, look at sites and then decide not to come to Trigg County,” Humbert said. “I think we have a better opportunity to bring in smaller companies and even start-up companies and grow them as opposed to spending time and money going after larger companies. We need to fix the underlying problems first.”
Among those problems, Humbert said, is the county’s lack of variety in restaurants and retail stores.
“It takes a plan and strategy that needs to be followed step-by-step, and I don’t see that happening now,” Humbert said. “A lot of people don’t realize that the judge-executive position does not come with a job description. It’s a personal assessment of what you think the major problems in the county are and what you plan to do about it. I think I have a completely different plan than my opponent, and I think it will be easy for voters to look at where we differ and then make a decision on how to vote in November.”
Humbert said a lack of cell phone service throughout the county, particularly in portions of Lake Barkley State Resort Park, is a big problem, and that she would also place an emphasis on tourism if elected.
“For right now, the fastest way to jump-start the economy here is to build tourism,” Humbert said. “Stan is a nice man and I don’t mean to criticize him in a personal sense, but I don’t think he has the background, knowledge or education to know how to set up a tourism industry here. I don’t see a lot of support from our county officials in general, and I think that needs to change. If we’re going to talk about building tourism, they need to put some action behind it.”
Randy Clark (Democrat, incumbent)
It might seem odd that Randy Clark would use the word “change” in his bid for a seventh term as Trigg County Sheriff. However, the nearly 30-year law enforcement veteran says it’s his ability to adapt to changes in the community that makes him the best choice for the position.
“We’ve seen a lot of changes since I first took office in 1985,” Clark said, noting a change in drug abuse patterns from marijuana, heroin and powder cocaine to crack, meth and prescription drugs. “What we need to do is educate and train our deputies to stay ahead to, along with the Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force, combat new drug problems before they get here.”
Clark also noted improvements in technology and the county’s evolution from an almost completely farm-based economy to an influx of new residents and tourists. Part of that includes the recent vote to repeal prohibition in the county, and Clark said he and his deputies are watching closely for changes in alcohol-related crime patterns.
He also said community growth has led to a need for 24-hour deputy patrols.
“It’s one of the most important things I’d like to see accomplished soon,” Clark said. “Funding has limited that, and we’ve provided as much coverage as we can. There’s somebody available 24 hours, and I think we respond pretty quickly. But we definitely need 24-hour patrol. Years ago, after a certain time of night, you didn’t see people getting out, and that has changed.”
Clark said if re-elected, he’ll continue his community-policing effort to improve relations with the Sheriff’s Department and citizens of the county.
“We use community policing to see what’s going on and what people’s concerns are,” Clark said. “We want to stay on a first-hand basis with citizens. We’ve developed that and we’ll continue to do so.”
Ray Burnam (Republican)
Currently, Republican Primary Sheriff winner Ray Burnam spends his weeks working at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois and is at home on weekends. However, that hasn’t prevented him from campaigning, thanks in part to internet communication via Facebook.
“That’s made it convenient for people to contact me and for me to talk to them,” Burnam said.
Questions arising from that Facebook effort and other face-to-face meetings with voters have largely revolved around drugs in Trigg County, Burnam said, adding that his training in drug investigation prepares him to have an immediate impact on illegal sales and abuse here.
“People say, if we know where the drugs are, why isn’t anybody going after them?” Burnam said. “It’s a lot easier said than done, but I plan to tackle those drug investigations at a local level. When drug activity is happening, you should jump on it right then. I’ll invite Kentucky State Police and Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force to come along, but I’m not going to wait for them to get there.”
Also near the top of Burnam’s list of priorities is having a 24-hour rotation for deputies.
“I’d like to hire an additional two deputies, and the county doesn’t have the money for that, so I’d have to go out and find the money through federal grants,” Burnam said. “Kentucky State Police has someone out from 6 a.m. to midnight, so we could possibly schedule someone to work 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. so we have that 24-hour coverage that way.”
If elected, Burnam said he would also work toward instituting stiffer penalties for repeat offenders and providing closure to Trigg County’s unsolved murders.
“There’s a couple murders that aren’t a few years old and others that are 30, and that really needs to be looked at,” Burnam said. “We have murderers loose in Trigg County, and if they’ve killed once, chances are they’d kill again.”
Burnam said he also would like to improve relations with local youth and reverse “the culture where kids don’t respect police. In order to get respect, you have to give it, so I’d like to reach out to them.”
DISTRICT 1 MAGISTRATE
Mike Wright (Democrat)
Mike Wright, winner of the District 1 Magistrate Democrat Primary, said not much has changed in his campaign in recent months. His desire to run is still rooted in “my love of Trigg County and its people.”
“The best way to serve that need for me is to serve as magistrate,” Wright said. “I strived to see everyone in my district before the Primary, and I’m doing so this time also.”
Wright said the major issues are the same for all Trigg County citizens and each magistrate candidate, with the foremost of those being jobs in the county.
“People want to work,” Wright said. “Magistrates can’t change the world, but anything a magistrate can do to promote Trigg County in a positive way is something I want to be a part of. Magistrates can be a part of making a positive difference.”
Wright said he wants to see the county grow to the point that young people from here will graduate college and have an opportunity to return and work here.
Utilizing Lake Barkley, Kentucky Lake and other natural resources is also a priority, Wright said, as should helping citizens with day-to-day needs.
“Those things sound more basic than economic growth, tourism and things like that, but they are still needs,” Wright said. “That’s the most important job of a magistrate, not just the big picture of Trigg County, but the needs of your constituents.”
Steven Darnall (Republican)
Steven Darnall, 56, is a born-and-raised Trigg Countian, a 1972 graduate of Trigg County High School, ‘76 grad of Murray State University with a degree in political science and a grad of Webster University with a Master’s in management. He’s a retired 24-year veteran of the United States Army, and he wants to put all of that knowledge and experience toward serving his community.
“I chose to return my family to Trigg County, and I’ve been in leadership positions pretty much all of my life,” Darnall said. “I believe this is a great community, and I want to be part of local goverenment.”
Darnall said if elected, he will focus specifically on making sure county tax dollars are used as they should be and make sure the best possible candidates are chosen for various county boards and commissions, and in general anything that can help Trigg County grow.
“I think magistrates have to be ready to respond if an industry wants to locate here, and there are things we can do through infrastructure, evaluate that and make a good, sound, educated decision,” Darnall said.
Darnall said he believes District 1 is in “pretty good shape” but that he would like to see some attention given to the intersection of the U.S. 68 bypass and Lakota Drive.
“That’s a 55-mph speed zone with a lot of people passing on the right as others are waiting to turn onto Lakota,” Darnall said. “It’s dangerous when you’re pulling out from a 35 onto a 55. Highway 139 south and the bypass also still has some issues.”
DISTRICT 2 MAGISTRATE
Barry Littlejohn (Republican, incumbent)
Barry Littlejohn, 53, is completing his first term as magistrate of District 2 and said he believes he’s ready for another.
“People came to me after I retired from the water district and wanted me to get involved in local government to help make a difference,” Littlejohn said. “I gave it a shot, was successful and won, and I think the last four years, the fiscal court has worked very well together.”
Littlejohn said completion of the new justice center, which began under Berlin Moore’s administration, occurred thanks to the hard work of many people, including the magistrates. Helping the county recover from last year’s winter storm was also part of the fiscal court’s agenda, and Littlejohn said that was another example of many people working together.
“The county pulled together, and nobody can take credit for that other than the entire community together,” Littlejohn said. “My goal is cooperation. When you’ve got people pulling together, you get more accomplished than if you’re going in two or three directions.”
Littlejohn said he’s also proud to see the completion of the new senior citizens center during his term.
“Our seniors have been very productive in our community over the years, and if you look at their old facility, it was an old building on a steep hill, two stories, not very good parking,” Littlejohn said. “There was a need there, and we had to borrow some money for that, but there was grant money that we pulled together and got that was not on the taxpayers.”
Littlejohn said he’d like to see the fiscal court continue to be active in tourism in industry but that there is a misunderstanding by some that magistrates should have a greater impact in those areas.
“Some people don’t understand that there has to be a motion made and it has to be voted on and passed before we can go out and do anything,” Littlejohn said. “We can’t just start taking the bull by the horns or we’ll end up with serious problems. We get a bad rap on industry and tourism, but our job is to elect people to serve on those boards, and it’s their job to promote Trigg County.”
Littlejohn said he believes his previous term shows that he’s ready for another.
“The only campaign promise I made last time was kept 100 percent, which was that I couldn’t solve everybody’s problems, but everybody that called with a problem talked directly to me about it,” Littlejohn said. “That’s the one thing that’s in my power alone. I feel I’ve done that and showed in good faith that I’m working for all Trigg Countians.”
Hugh Dunn (Democrat)
Hugh Dunn, a 63-year old logger, wants a shot at being on the Trigg County Fiscal Court with his emphasis on being a voice for the citizens of the county.
“I’ll be there to check roads, talk to people and get their ideas,” Dunn said. “That’s what a magistrate needs to do, and that’s what I’ve been doing. If I get in there, I’ll keep that up.”
In speaking with potential voters, Dunn said he’s heard ideas about improving tourism by offering more arts and crafts opportunities, but that most of the questions he’d heard are about improving roads.
Dunn said he understands the county government “didn’t have much control” over Johnson Control’s decision to leave Trigg County and that he hopes to see the judge-executive and fiscal court do what they can to bring in more factory jobs.
Overall, Dunn said his campaign has been a positive experience.
DISTRICT 4 MAGISTRATE
Michael Hyde (Republican)
Michael Hyde said he hopes his three sons will stay close to home after graduating college, but he knows the chances of that happening are lessened if Trigg County doesn’t grow. That’s why Hyde, winner of the Republican Primary for District 4 Magistrate, hopes he’s elected in November.
“It’s not just Trigg County, but the main thing is, if I’m elected, I can stay up-to-date on the positive things we have going now and help make it more feasible for those looking to come here to start a new business,” Hyde said.
Hyde said the potential for new employers or a possible expansion of Hemlock from Clarksville, Tenn., would be increased with improvements made to water and electrical systems, as well as top-quality schools.
“We’ve got to be able to provide those things before anyone will even take a look at us,” Hyde said. “We shouldn’t hold back on anything like that if we want to progress.”
Being prepared to assist residents in his district, particularly with concerns about county roads, is a priority, Hyde said.
“We have people that live on gravel roads that have kids going to school, and the state is as broke as it’s ever been right now,” Hyde said. “There’s money out there for us to get, and we’ve just got to use that money wisely. I’m telling people that if I get elected and you think your road needs work, we’ll look at it, take it to Fiscal Court and make the best decision we can on what roads get priority. There’s not money to take care of all of them, but we’ll do our best to make the right decision.”
Jeff Broadbent said winning the Democrat nomination for District 4 Magistrate in the Primary gets him one step closer toward his goal of serving the best interests of families in the district and Trigg County.
“This is where my wife and I chose to raise our kids, and I want to do what I can for my home community,” Broadbent said.
Broadbent, who is employed currently at Pennyroyal Center working with the developmentally disabled, said he’s been asked by many voters about increasing employment opportunities in the county.
“I don’t have a magic wand, but it should continue to be a priority,” Broadbent said.
He said water drainage and road and bridge repair are big concerns in District 4.
“I think everyone should have access to our roads and that everyone should pay their fair share,” Broadbent said. “There’s a lot of concern for excessive wear on our roads.”
Broadbent said he also wants to see more activities for youth and better access to high-speed internet in his district, particularly for students.
“It’s fast becoming like a utility,” Broadbent said. “Most people without it will lack behind, and we cannot have our students handicapped without this service.”
DISTRICT 5 MAGISTRATE
Richard “Rick” Nelson
Rick Nelson, winner of the District 5 Magistrate Republican Primary, said service of his Trigg County neighbors is the reason he hopes to be elected in November.
“I want to do what I can to make Trigg County a better place,” Nelson said.
Specific to his district, Nelson said chief areas of concern for citizens are spotty cell phone service, limited high-speed internet access and quality of roads.
“The roads here are in need of attention,” Nelson said. “Some people feel they’ve been neglected and that there are safety issues here. Maintaining roads is the biggest job for a magistrate.”
Nelson said his experience as a field representative for the Family Foundation of Kentucky prepares him to be a magistrate that can make a difference.
“If you’re patient, persistent, dedicated and work hard for the people in your district and county, I believe you can make a difference,” Nelson said. “If elected, I plan to use my energy and skills to help the county. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. If you keep pleading your case for things that are really needed, they’re going to get tired of hearing you and they’re going to start doing the things that need to be done.”
Nelson said economic development in the county is still a priority for him, but added that other things much improve for that growth to occur.
“The truth is, we’re not going to have economic development until we beef up our infrastructure,” Nelson said. “I’m not promising pie in the sky, but I’ll be dedicated to the job and do the best I can do.”
Tom Ledford (Democrat)
District 5 Magistrate Democrat Primary winner Tom Ledford said he shares the top concern of his neighbors – roads.
“The first things people think about when they think about magistrates are roads and bridges,” Ledford said. “We need to continue to improve on what we can within the budget.”
Ledford said he also hears questions about the county’s school system, hospital and health department and feels the fiscal court should have healthy dialog with those institutions to make sure both are strong and serving the community well.
“Working together is the main thing,” Ledford said. “I’m a lifelong resident of Trigg County and I’ve seen a lot of change, and I’ve served on a lot of commiittees. I feel I have a little better knowledge and experience than my opponent as far as what the county has dealt with in the past and what’s to come in the future.”
Ledford said tourism is less of a priority for those in his district, though he was glad to see the opening of the new headquarters of the consolidated economic development commission, chamber of commerce and tourism commission.
“We just need to promote the county for what we have,” Ledford said, adding that the fiscal court should do its part to provide infrastructure and be an advocate for the county to potential industries.
Ledford said his three terms served on the Farm Service Agency can correlate to serving as magistrate.
“I can draw a lot of comparisons between that board and fiscal court,” Ledford said.
TRIGG COUNTY ATTORNEY
Randall Braboy (Democrat)
Randall Braboy, 50, is running for Trigg County Attorney against H.B. Quinn, both Democrats. Braboy was born here and has a law office here. He graduated from Trigg County High School before going to both the University of Kentucky and Murray State University.
After serving in the Army for more than three years, where he served in Operation Desert Storm, he went to law school in Lancing, Mich., and was admitted to the bar in October 1995. He currently practices locally.
“I ran against Quinn in the primary because we voters would like to have a choice,” said Braboy. “Quinn has run unopposed since he first won in 1985.”
H.B. Quinn (Democrat, incumbent, write-in)
H.B. Quinn, 60, is in his 25th year as the Trigg County Attorney, and this will be his seventh time running for the office, and the first time since he first ran that he has had opposition.
He held no other political office before running for Trigg County Attorney.
Quinn went to college and received his law degree from the University of Kentucky. He has served five four-year terms and one five-year term.
Though he lost the primary to fellow Democrat Randall Braboy, he announced recently that he will be a write-in candidate. Quinn has cited his experience as county attorney as a reason for continuing to run.
Lyn Bailey (incumbent)
Lyn Bailey, 76, is running for a fourth term as the mayor of Cadiz, which he has served as for three terms, or 12 years. A native of Reagan, Tenn., he moved to Cadiz in 1959 and served on the Cadiz City Council for several terms in the 1960s and 1970s.
Bailey was in the lumber business for about 40 years and moved to Cadiz because of his profession. He has since retired from it.
Bailey, a Republican, said he has been fairly active in politics since he lived in Reagan, a small town about 100 miles northeast of Memphis.
James Britt, 40, is running for Mayor this year against incumbent Lyn Bailey. A native of Trigg County, Britt graduated from Trigg County High School in 1988 and worked for Johnson Controls for 17 years before they shut down.
Now he is taking computer programming courses at Hopkinsville Community College and should be finished with school by May of next year.
Britt said he is running for Mayor because the city government has become “stagnant” and is in need of some new ideas.
“A lot of the people in city government have been there for a long time, and I think it’s time for a change,” said Britt.
CADIZ CITY COUNCIL
Frankie Phillips (incumbent)
Frankie Phillips, 51, is running for re-election to the Cadiz City Council. He said he has served on the city council for about 19 years.
Though he was born in Madisonville, Phillips moved to Trigg County shortly thereafter. His mother is from Trigg County. He graduated from Trigg County High School and has worked for Trigg County Hospital since 1982. He has also worked for Gray Construction for about 14 years.
Phillips said that he ran originally, and continues to serve on the city council, because he wants to see the town grow and improve.
“We’ve grown quite a bit since I started on the council,” Phillips said. “We have more services than we did back then. And I just want to be a good help.”
Regenia Jasper (incumbent)
Regenia Wilkerson-Jasper, 54, is running for re-election to the Cadiz City Council this year. She first ran in 2007 in a special election to replace former City Councilor Donna McNichols and was re-elected in 2008.
A native Trigg Countian, Jasper graduated from Trigg County High School and got a degree in social services from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. She has worked for Family and Juvenile Services for the State of Kentucky for the past 23 years.
“I’ve always been a people person,” Jasper said, adding that anyone can call her with questions, and while she might not always have answers, she’ll find someone who does.
Bob Noel (incumbent)
Bob Noel, 50, is running for re-election to the Cadiz City Council. He has served on the city council for 10 years, and hadn’t run for public office prior to that.
Noel is a native of Trigg County and graduated from Trigg County High School. He worked on a farm before working for Noel Concrete, and since 1997 he has worked at Stone Plastics.
Noel said he first ran for city council because he wanted to give back to the community.
“It’s the community I live in, and I want to better it,” said Noel.
Jim Lancaster, 65, is running for a seat on the Cadiz City Council. Although this is his first time running for office, he was the Cadiz City Clerk/Treasurer/Manager of Cadiz Water for 27 years before retiring in 2002.
Born in Hopkinsville, he moved with his parents to Trigg County when he was three years old. He graduated from Trigg County High School and attended Murray State University for two years before he was drafted. After serving in Vietnam for two years, he went back to MSU, where he graduated in 1973.
Lancaster said he has always been interested in local politics, and just moved back to Cadiz last fall, so now he’s eligible to run. “I thought it would be interesting to run,” he said.
Manuel Brown (incumbent)
Manuel Brown, 71, is running for re-election to the Cadiz City Council this year. Having started in January 2003, Brown is in his fourth term.
Born in Hopkinsville, Brown came to Trigg County in 1973. He graduated from high school in Christian County before going to school at a radio school in Nashville, the Kentucky School of Banking and the Mid-South School of Banking in Memphis, Tenn.
Before serving on the city council, Brown was the Vice President and loan officer of the Bank of Cadiz for more than 17 years and a sales consultant for Scott Olds Nissan in Hopkinsville for more than 10 years, where he was the top salesman for six years.
Brown said he first ran for city council because he wanted to make a difference in the community.
“My children grew up here, and now I have grandchildren here,” Brown said.
Cindy Sholar, 53, is running for Cadiz City Council this year. Though this is her first time running for public office, she was the manager of Cadiz Renaissance on Main for eight and a half years.
A native of Christian County, Sholar moved to Trigg County 22 years ago. She graduated from Christian County High School and graduated from Hopkinsville Community College. She is certified in bank compliance and auditing and was a banker for 23 years before working at the Renaissance office.
“When I worked at the Renaissance office, we accomplished so much, and I still have some ideas that I think could help the community,” Sholar said.
Todd King (incumbent)
Todd King, 42, is running for re-election to the Cadiz City Council this year. He was first elected to the council in 2008, so he is serving his first term.
A native of Trigg County, King graduated from Trigg County High School and became a licensed funeral director. Among his other work experience, he has been the owner of King’s Funeral Home for about 11 years.
“I wanted to give back to Cadiz what it has given me all my life,” King said. “I want to make Cadiz a better place.”
Susan Bryant (incumbent)
Susan Bryant, 63, is running for re-election to the Cadiz City Council. She has served more than five terms on the council.
A native Trigg Countian, Bryant graduated from Trigg County High School before getting bachelor’s degrees in English social science and a master’s degree in guidance from Murray State University.
Before retiring this year, Bryant taught English for 32 years at Trigg County High School and 10 years in Clarksville, Tenn.
She said she’s always been interested in local politics, and the first time she ran there was an empty spot on the city council, and she was asked to run for office.
PROPERTY VALUATION ADMINISTRATOR
Michael T. Bryan (Democrat, incumbent)
Michael T. Bryan, 62, is running for re-election for the office of Property Valuation Administrator. A Democrat, he is running against Glenda Williamson, a Republican. This is his 17th year on the job, and he has served three four-year terms and one five-year term.
Born in Frankfort, Bryan moved to Trigg County in the second grade and graduated from Trigg County High School and went to Western Kentucky University for two years before serving with the 101st Airborne for two years. He was in Vietnam during one of those years.
Bryan has also been employed as a real estate broker and auctioneer, and he first ran for office because he knew what the job entailed and wanted to give it a try.
“I thought I could do the people of Trigg County a good job,” Bryan said.
Glenda Williamson (Republican)
Glenda Williamson, 59, is running for the office of Property Valuation Administrator against current PVA Michael T. Bryan, a Democrat. Although this is her first time running for public office in Trigg County, she served on a school board in Yuma, Ariz.
Born in Alabama, Williamson graduated from high school in Alabama, enlisted in the Marines for two years before joining the reserves and went to Arizona Western College in Yuma. She has also spent time in Japan.
Williamson spent almost 20 years in the real estate business before retiring in 2005, when she moved to Trigg County. She said people have asked her to run because they have concerns about how Bryan conducts his business.
“On a day to day business, it’s actually a fairly easy job,” said Williamson, who also said she thinks it’s a conflict of interest for Bryan to be a PVA and still work in real estate.