“It’s time for a change,” Terrell said. “I’ve got several good ideas that I think could help out.”
Terrell said his biggest qualification for office is that he’s been self-employed since 1993. He owns Study Master, an off-campus bookstore at Austin Peay (which he started with friends before his graduation that year from Murray State), a store by Hopkinsville Community College and he runs an on-line book-selling business from his farm in southern Trigg County.
“I’ve had to do all the stuff to stay in business,” he said. As it happens, lots of that — such as managing people and money — also applies to a county magistrate.
“I’m not necessarily one to go along with the crowd,” Terrell said, adding that because he’d want to know the background of issues, fiscal court “meetings would probably last a little longer.” (Terrell did say he hasn’t attended the court in the past.)
Because a successful campaign on his part will require a victory in May’s Republican primary and another victory in November, Terrell — like most candidates interviewed by The Cadiz Record — was reluctant to tip too much of his hand. Nonetheless, Terrell did offer up several ideas — of about 30, he said — that he has for the fiscal court.
For instance, in campaigning in his district, Terrell has found his constituents to be very concerned with roads (though he’s aware “there’s a whole lot more” to being a magistrate than planning road repair).
Terrell himself is concerned with the safety of some county roads when driven on at night and/or during a rain shower. To help with visibility, Terrell would like to develop a plan whereby all county roads are painted with white perimeter lines.
Terrell would also like to see the fiscal court use the Internet to keep the county abreast of its activities. Terrell suggested that the meetings could be streamed on-line, or that the minutes of meetings be made available for viewing on the Web, so residents could see “what you’re people are doing,” or if their magistrate was present at all.
Terrell himself said he would use the Internet to be more accessible to constituents. He said he would convert his campaign Web site to be a forum for concerned constituents. Of course, there’s always the telephone, he added.
Terrell would also like to see efforts to improve pedestrian safety in front of the school campus, inspired in part after he saw a teenager’s arm get brushed by the large towing mirror of a passing truck.
“That shook me up,” said the married father of three.
For the rest of the story, read this week's Cadiz Record.