Candidate Profile: Barry Littlejohn
by Eric Snyder -- esnyder@cadizrecord.com
May 03, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For many of the county magistrate candidates in May’s primary, politics, as Barry Littlejohn puts it, “is a new game” to them.

Littlejohn, who is running against Ray Wyatt for the District Two Republican nomination, has always had his opinions on the direction of Trigg County.

“I really never got that serious about it before,” he said. Now, however — with the local Republican party making a concerted effort to put a dent in the predominantly Democratic landscape of local politics — Littlejohn has decided he’s talked enough.

“The best way to make a difference is, instead of complaining about things, is to get involved,” he said. “You can’t change things if you don’t.”

Littlejohn, now retired, knows at least a little about how county government operates, having worked for the Lake Barkley Water District for 30 years.

He admits, though, that serving on the fiscal court would certainly be a learning experience, as he is admittedly unaware of every particular of being a county magistrate.

“But I hope to find out,” he said.

As he was not intimately familiar with details surrounding the closing of the jail or the financial status of the Trigg County Sheriff’s Office, Littlejohn was reluctant to critique or make predictions on those issues.

However, Littlejohn is coming to the plate with issues he’d like to be inspected.

“I think there are a lot of doors in Trigg County that need to be opened and looked into,” he said.

One, he said, is finding ways to improve industrial recruitment. Speaking of the arrival of Benson, he said, “I’d like to see more of that for the young citizens of our county.”

“Jobs are very limited here in this area — especially good paying jobs,” he said. “[Young people] leave home to better themselves in life.”

As for his own family, Rachel — Littlejohn’s grown daughter with his wife Shari — does still live in the county.

Beyond jobs, Littlejohn would like to see more for the children and teens of Trigg County to do.

“We don’t really seem to have a lot of things for our young children to do a they grow up here,” he said, “other than just sit idle on the side of the road.”

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