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ELECTION 2010: Travelstead, Fulkerson file

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By Robin Bass

Last week, two more political newcomers filed their intentions to run for public offices in 2010.

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Richard Travelstead will be running as a Republican for the Taylorsville magisterial seat and Laura Nation Fulkerson has chosen to run for county clerk on the Democratic ticket.

Travelstead, 39, runs a private investigation business, but has become more recently known as the president of Reaching Our Community. In this position, Travelstead has worked with other like-minded individuals toward bringing a community center to Spencer County. So far, the group has secured a land donation and funding from the city and county.

“Some  of the things I’m seeing in the community, I’d like to see continue,” said Travelstead, like the coming bowling alley and renovations on Main Street. “I’m going to run for office to make sure we see things happen that benefit our community.”

Travelstead said that public officials need to start focusing on projects that will impact the greater good, such as a medical center and a vocational school or an educational alternative for graduates and adults in the community. He also wants to foster a better working relationship between city and county leaders.

“It’s vital at this time that the Taylorsville district, especially, maintain a relationship with the city,” said Travelstead.

In addition to being a business owner and volunteering with the community center effort, Travelstead is a director on the board of Guard Duty and in his second year as director of Reformers Unanimous, a Christian-based addiction program. He has served in the U.S. Army in military intellegence and in the legal field as a paralegal.

Fulkerson, 35, wants to bring her 16 years experience in the Spencer County Clerk’s office and take on the role as the office leader.

“I decided it was time for a change,” said Fulkerson.

She started working part-time in the county clerk’s office while still a student a Spencer County High School answering phones and filing. By 1993, Fulkerson was hired to work full time and gradually learned every aspect of the office – from registrations and licenses to bookkeeping.

If elected as county clerk, her hopes are to create a more people-friendly atmosphere.