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After much community speculation, Magistrate Bill Drury finally answered a popular question when he filed to run for Spencer County Judge Executive Monday afternoon. The Democrat has represented the Campbranch voting district since being elected to the position in 1998.
“I have the knowledge. I have the contacts and I have the ability,” said Drury. “It’s time to make the change.”
Drury said the decision has not been an easy one, especially with the knowledge that he could be running against his former ally should Judge Executive David Jenkins seek re-election.
Jenkins has not confirmed whether he will seek re-election following a year marred with scandal and accusations. The Spencer County judge executive was accused of contributing to the “self-serving culture” by Auditor Crit Luellen while he was president of the Kentucky Association of Counties. Luellen’s report issued last month cited tens of thousands in taxpayer dollars spent on lavish meals and entertainment.
“I’m not running a race against David Jenkins,” said Drury. “I’m running a race for Bill Drury and I’m going to do my very best to move this community forward.”
In addition to serving as a magistrate, Drury has held numerous public and private offices, including: Kentucky Magistrates and Commissioners Association president; Governor Paul Patton’s appointee to the Task Force on Local Taxation; and Taylorsville Lake Conservation Association president. Drury has been president of the Spencer County Habitat for Humanity chapter for the past three years.
“As a public servant I have held a close relationship with my constituents and many others across the county. Together we have fought to bring safe drinking water throughout, build new parks, expand services and helped neighbors in times of disaster. My leadership both at home and in Frankfort has given me great knowledge, experience and training that will help me provide quality leadership for Spencer County,” said Drury.
Drury, originally from Jeffersontown, has been a county resident for the past 25 years. He and wife, Sandy Drury, have four children and five grandchildren.
In other filing news:
Spencer County Surveyor Garland Armstrong has filed to seek re-election. Armstrong, a Democrat, said he has served the past several four-year terms.