Candidate Profile: Earl Carr
by S. Alan Reed
May 10, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Earl Carr wants his old job back. Having been elected to three terms previously as a Trigg County Magistrate, he feels he has what it takes for another term in office. He is running for the G.O.P. nomination in District Seven.

Carr has lived in Trigg county all of his life, and operated a filling station on Main Street until his retirement two years ago. Currently, he is a cattle rancher, holding the title “Master Cattleman” from the University of Kentucky.

“My son had to find a job in Ohio. I don’t want this to happen to other young people in Trigg County,” he said. “I am interested in new and better jobs for the county and creating industries for jobs so that other kids don’t have to leave.”

He said that the best way to make Trigg County attractive to potential new residents was by adjusting taxes to compete with other locations. “Tennessee does not have a state income tax. I would lower the real estate tax to offset this and to attract retirees. The tax should not be raised so high that people cannot afford to live here.”

Carr stated that if elected, that he would donate half the salary he would earn as a magistrate to a scholarship fund for area students. He also said he would decline insurance offered by the county, which he estimated would save as much as $10,000 over the course of a four-year term of office.

He also said that as a retiree, he would be able to devote his full time and efforts to travel and lobbying on behalf of the county to obtain grants.

He pledged to “do all we can do” on behalf of the Senior Citizens’ Kitchen, and felt that the Trigg County Hospital was a worthy target for county support.

“We definitely need the hospital, and to support seniors. With the hospital, we need to keep them operating and improve their services. A lot of communities our size do not have a hospital, and wish they did,” he said. “The county needs to keep new ambulances on board at all times, when they are needed.”

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