Candidate Profile: Ray Wyatt
by Alan Reed --
May 03, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ray Wyatt, running for the Republican nomination for Trigg County District Two Magistrate feels his party affiliation makes him attractive to voters.

“I feel like the county is moving towards the right. Since elections above the county level have been won by Republican candidates, I feel like I am in the correct party. I believe that Republicans in state and national offices would rather help other Republicans, rather than someone who votes against them. The national platform is filtering down to the local level.”

Wyatt is married to his wife Debbie, and says he is a lifelong resident of Trigg County. Currently he describes himself as a private real estate speculator, but has worked in a variety of traveling sales jobs, most recently selling jewelry. “My home base has always been right here, but on the road, I’ve seen some good ideas in different places and wondered if they would work locally.”

Graduating from Trigg County High School in 1970, Wyatt enjoys playing the guitar recreationally.

“I have bad to say about (current Magistrate) Tony Mitchell, but I think I can do a better job because of my ability to listen. If elected I plan to put in a phone line for an answering machine where I will monitor an answering machine 24/7 for people to call with their concerns. I will call them back to discuss their comment, represent them in Fiscal Court, or bring them with me at the next session,” was one of the ideas he espoused.

To why he decided to run in this election, Wyatt said, “I’ve been in the community of District Two since 1992, when I began building my home. I moved in around 1994 and made friends there. I helped out when I could, and gave a hand to my neighbors when I could. Eventually, people began asking me to run for magistrate. I got a lot of guidance, including some spiritual, and decided it was a reasonable thing to do.”

Wyatt described himself as being cost conscious, and said, “I see areas for improvement in the county, ways we could save not just dollars, but thousands of dollars.”

One example he gave was school transportation, where he mentioned full-sized school busses with low occupancy. “You see one of these busses with four or five kids, or even just one, now is that cost effective? For 25 or 30 percent of the money spent there, passenger vans, with state mandated safety features could be used instead.”

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