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At the end of the day Tuesday, six names were submitted as candidates to run for the four available seats on the Taylorsville City Commission, two candidates will run unopposed in their respective Board of Education districts while one district remains vacant, and four incumbents are seeking reelection as Soil and Water Conservation District supervisors.
Two current city commissioners — Beverly Ingram and Kathy Spears — are seeking to extend their service on the commission.
Houston Court resident Ellen Redmon and Paul R. Gaddie, who lives on East Main Street, filed to run for city commission, joining Jack Proctor and Richard Johns, who had filed prior to last week’s edition.
The filing deadline was yesterday at 4 p.m.
Current commissioners Nathan Nation and Larry Waldridge did not file and are not seeking reelection.
Ingram said she decided to run again because there are still things she wants to see happen for the city.
“This is my home, I live here, I have a business here, and I just want to see good things happen,” Ingram said.
Ingram has served two terms on the commission, and said she hopes voters give her a chance to serve a third so that she can follow through on projects like creating a historic district, development plan and code enforcement.
“I hope [voters] take into consideration who to vote for this time, there are several people running,” she said. “It takes a long time to learn what’s going on in the city as a business — it’s a business. It’s financial, water, sewer, streets and sidewalks — it’s not an easy job, but you always try to keep in mind you’re trying to what’s good for everyone. Every decision we make affects us, too.”
Proctor served two terms as a commissioner, but was defeated in the 2010 election.
Proctor, who has also served on boards for Kosair Charities and Norton Hospital, said he wants another chance to serve his community.
“I’m just interested in our city and seeing things run a lot smoother than what they have been,” he said.
Proctor said he’s been keeping up with the recent conversations about the water rate increase.
“I think the general public doesn’t understand how fortunate we are to have water here,” he said.
Proctor said he would love to see an office park come to Taylorsville and is in favor of legislation that could re-classify Taylorsville as a fourth-class city.
Neither Redmon, Gaddie or Johns said they have prior political experience, but each hopes to bring a new perspective to the city commission.
Redmon’s background is varied in that she worked for state government for 16 years in the Divisions of Contract Procurement and Traffic. She has over 15 years in the medical field, working for Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, Diagnostic Imaging and currently for Baptist Medical Associates.
She is a member of First Baptist Church, a Spencer County Fair Board director and a Kentucky Colonel.
“I decided to run for office because I feel like there are things that need to be accomplished that are being overlooked in our city,” Redmon said. “Yes, it is nice to have a beautiful city to show off, but it would be even nicer to have a government body that is united.”
Redmon said she is a good listener and would listen to her constituents, if elected.
“I will listen to what the citizens have to say about issues that arise and take their suggestions and comments with me to the meetings,” she said.
Gaddie has a military background — he served in the Navy, worked in naval aviation and served as a chief programmer for a major military system and was a human factors engineer for a military system.
Gaddie has a doctorate in industrial engineering and is currently an adjunct professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Gaddie is a self-proclaimed city and county observer and says he attends as many Fiscal Court and City Commission meetings as possible.
“I’m always kind of dissatisfied,” Gaddie said. “In Taylorsville, I try to think, are we better off this year than we were last year or the year before? I don’t know that we are.”
Gaddie mentioned the dilapidated structures in the city as a point of concern.
“Any building on Main Street with a big X is a shame on all of us,” Gaddie said.
“I was disheartened when the Magnet came out a couple weeks ago and no one had filed,” he said, adding that he discussed the issue with his neighbor, Richard Johns, and they both decided to file.
“Sometimes we need to change because what we’ve been doing isn’t working,” Gaddie said. “I don’t know that different people can do better, but a different group of people will approach the problems differently.”
Johns, a Main Street resident, has a background in management and manufacturing. Johns said he decided to file and file early to make a point to those who might file closer to the deadline.
“I think all the candidates that maybe come up later need to know there are other people in the city who care,” Johns said last week. “If they think they can do anything they want and get re-elected, well ... maybe not.”
Incumbent Kathy Spears did not immediately return calls from the Magnet, and was not available for comment before press time.
Board of education
Three seats are up for election this year on the Spencer County Board of Education.
Board of Education districts align with the county’s magisterial districts, so District 2-Waterford, District 3-Elk Creek and District 4-Campbranch are on the ballot this fall.
Janet Bonham lives in Elk Creek and is seeking the District 3 seat.
This is the first time she has run for school board.
“I have two children in the school system, I have a vested interest,” Bonham said.
“Being new to it, and what have you, I just want to see that we have a variety of programs offered to enhance the abilities of our kids.”
Shannon Medley, the current board member in District 3, did not file for reelection.
Ange McKinney lives in Cox’s Creek, and this is her first time seeking office, but said she has served on the site-based decision making councils at the middle school and high school.
“I just thought it [serving on the school board] would be a good learning experience,” McKinney said.
McKinney has a 20-year-old son who graduated from Spencer County a couple years ago. Her daughter is currently a senior at SCHS and is the senior class president.
McKinney says she sees room for improvement in the district, especially with test scores, and would like to see more drug and alcohol awareness brought into the district.
Scott Travis, the current board member in District 4, confirmed Tuesday morning that he was not seeking reelection. Travis said he knows McKinney and thinks she will serve the district well.
Mary Ann Carden is the current board member in District 2. However, she did not file for reelection, and no one else filed to seek the seat in that district. At the end of Carden’s term, the vacancy will be filled by appointment.
The remaining board seats, currently held by Board Chair Jeanie Stevens, from District 1-Taylorsville, and Sandy Clevenger, from District 5-Little Mount/Mount Eden, will be up for election in 2014.
Soil and Water Conservation District
Four Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor seats are also on the ballot in November.
The seats are currently held by Paul Jeffiers, a Wilsonville Road resident, Thomas Franklin, a Hardesty Ridge Road resident, Sidney Ware, a Mill Road resident, and Alvis Shirley, a Hardesty Ridge Road resident, and each has filed for reelection this November.
No additional candidates filed.
Pursuant to KRS 118.225 paragraph 2 and 3, the drawing of candidate names for placement on the ballot for the 2012 general election, to be held on Nov. 6, will take place on Thursday at 2 p.m., in the County Clerk’s office. Candidates may come and draw their name or, if they cannot attend, they can send someone in their place. If that is not possible, a deputy clerk will draw the name for the candidate. For more information, or with questions, call 477-3215.