Candidate Profile: Donnie Tyler
by S. Alan Reed
May 10, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
District Seven Magistrate Donnie Tyler stands on his record as an incumbent as he attempts to be voted to a fourth term for his seat on the Trigg County Fiscal Court. He has currently served three years on the fiscal court, and has been elected to three terms.

“Roads have improved considerably during my tenure, and I will continue to promote the growth of industry. We want to continue to keep the county clean and make good progress. I really don’t know of anything bad that has happened.”

Tyler is a life-long resident of Trigg County, graduating from Trigg County High School in 1959. He began his professional life working in factories, but moved into construction and road building, which he said he applies to decisions made in fiscal court. He opened his own construction company in 1980. In 1976, he joined the Trigg-Lyon Volunteer Fire Department, which he is now a captain within. He stated that he has 1,200 to 1,400 hours of donated time invested in training with the Trigg-Lyon Volunteer Fire Department. Tyler also serves as the president of the board of directors of that department. He has been married since 1963, with three children and four grandchildren. He is running as a member of the Democratic Party.

Asked how he would support the growth of industry in Trigg County, Tyler said he looked to the appointed Industrial Planning Group to assume the lead role in that task. “We should let the planning committee do their things. Anything they can do, I believe we should back them in their endeavors.”

Income for the county was another issue Tyler was asked about. “I really don’t know how we can create more revenue for the county, but I am open to suggestions. It may take a tax increase to continue operations, but we don’t want to tax constituents any more than they can stand, or place a burden on them greater than they can handle. As the cost of living goes up, we need more money.”

The Sheriff’s Department budget shortfall, which denied them a new patrol vehicle in the current fiscal year, was also discussed by Tyler. “I don’t know how we are going to do it, but we have to support them and find some way to make it happen. Being a volunteer fireman, I feel like we do a good job being understaffed. We do what we have to do.”

Tyler also advocated the improvement of the Trigg County Recreational Complex, but only if funding could be found and allocated to the project.

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