Call it a cliché, call it trite. Consider, though, how it applies to Bruce Sanders, Democratic candidate for District Three County Magistrate, and how he’s gone about his profession as a farmer.
Sanders is Chairman of the American Dairy Association of Kentucky. A director with the Southeast United Dairy Association and also a member of its financial committee. Chairman of the board for the Southern States Hopkinsville Co-op. Treasurer of the Kentucky Corn Growers Association and secretary for another Kentucky corn committee. A member of the resolution committee of the Dairy Farmers of America.
“I’m involved in my profession,” Sanders said.
Now, the Cerulean-born Sanders wants to similarly commit to a position on the Trigg County Fiscal Court.
Sanders has grown your staple Southern crops —alfalfa, corn, tobacco, etc. — and has also worked extensively as a dairy farmer.
A now-deceased magistrate once recommended to Sanders that he run to fill his shoes some years ago, when he “was milking a whole lot more cows” than today. Now his cows are pastured in Christian County, and his two children with his wife Lennie are in college.
“I feel like I have time now,” Sanders said.
So last summer Sanders sat in on several admittedly “cut-and-dry” meetings of the fiscal court and decided he would be interested in running.
Sanders said his experience with so many financial boards — and the comfort with hard numbers it encourages — would be beneficial as a magistrate. He hastens to add, though, that everyone does have experience of some kind managing their own finances.
“I’ve just always liked math,” said the Murray State graduate.
Also of relevance to a position on fiscal court, Sanders said, is that “I have been in business with myself for many, many years.”
“The county is a business,” Sanders said. And as such, because there’s “just so much money that can go around,” he said he’s familiar with having “to rob Peter to pay Paul.”
Just as important as his drive and his familiarity with finances, according to Sanders, are his local roots.
“Local people just deal with local people better,” he said.
Though he has been observing the court, Sanders said he has no plans to shake things up.
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