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Gary Wayne Minch, 49, candidate for first-district magistrate.
Occupation and education: Veterinarian; received bachelor’s degree at University of Kentucky and DVM at Auburn University
Family: Married to Leslie; one son, Andrew; and one daughter, Megan.
Most important issues facing Owen County and how to address them: “I believe one of the most important issues facing Owen County is economic development. We need to utilize every opportunity to attract new business. We need to project our county as a business-friendly environment.”
What changes in local government would you like to make if you win your election? “One of the most important tools local government has at its disposal are ordinances. The fiscal court needs to review ordinances on a regular basis and make necessary changes. Just as importantly, the fiscal court needs to enforce those ordinances.”
What are the differences between you and your opponent? “I think the biggest difference between us can be summed up in one word – experience. I have served two terms as magistrate representing Bromley, North Owenton, New Liberty and Jonesville. I am proud of my past voting record and stance on issues and provide the following as examples: Voted for new equipment for the sheriff and ambulance departments; voted for hazardous retirement pay for sheriff’s deputies; voted against subdivision regulations (zoning), voted against building inspector program; only member of the fiscal court to vote against county tax increase of 2005; proposed and voted to lower the insurance premium tax to 5 percent and proposed and supported purchasing old post office for county clerk’s office.”
What would you like to tell the voters of Owen County about yourself and your vision for Owen County? “The most important thing I would tell voters about myself is what to expect of me as an elected official: continue to oppose higher taxes; continue to support ambulance, fire and sheriff’s departments; seek new revenue (federal and state grants); listen to all citizen concerns; enforce nuisance and other ordinances; continue to support efforts to provide water to citizens and improve senior services and facilities; seek new job opportunities for our citizens.
My vision for Owen County is a beautiful, tranquil environment for people to live, work and raise our children. I believe together we can make this a reality.”
James “Asa” Phillips, 45, candidate for fourth district magistrate
Occupation and education: Farmer and business owner; Owen County High School graduate
Family: Married to Alesha Michelle; three sons, Canaan, Abram and Amos; one daughter, Anniston.
Most important issues facing Owen County and how to address them: “Water, roads, county budget and jobs in our county.”
What changes in local government would you like to make if you win your election? “I would like to see all of the county government expenditures listed publicly.”
What would you like to tell the voters of Owen County about yourself and your vision for Owen County? “I have lived in Owen County all my life and I will work to make the county a better place for our children in the future. I will be fair and honest in whatever I do.”