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MEET THE CANDIDATES: Don Pasley seeking District 3 magistrate

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Editor’s note: Also included on the Democratic ballot for District 3 magistrate is Mike Sosby. Sosby did not submit a candidate questionnaire to be included in this section.

Don Pasley, 56

Office sought: Magistrate 3rd District

Party: Democrat

Education: George Rogers Clark High School

Professional Background: State representative 73rd District, Commissioner of Rural Roads KYTC, small business operator, farmer

Occupation: Full-time farmer

Political experience: State representative of the 73rd District, Governor’s Office of Legislative Affairs, Commissioner of Rural Roads KYTC

Civic involvement: Currently board member Kentucky Nursing Home Ombudsmen Agency.

Previously: Commissioner of Clark County-Winchester Planning and Zoning, board bember of Clark County Ag Development Council, member of the board of directors of the Southern States Clark Cooperative, member of the Farm Bureau Young Farmers Board, member of the Board of Directors of the Central Kentucky Vegetable Growers Board.

Q&A

What will be your top priority if elected to office?

DP: My top priority will be economic development. We need better-paying jobs.

Clark County needs to partner with the City and the Industrial Authority to identify companies that are expanding and offering better paying jobs and benefits.

We need to target workforce development and training programs to attract those companies.

What makes you the best candidate for the job?

DP: My knowledge of how state and local governments work. My experience as a state legislator and expertise on local road programs will allow me to lead and counsel the fiscal court on state and local transportation issues.

What professional/political accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?

DP: Being elected State Representative to represent Clark County was the greatest honor of my life. I’m proud of the many bills I passed and mostly bringing our hard earned state tax dollars back home to fund the much needed construction of infrastructure projects and education here in Clark County.  

What is the biggest challenge our community faces? How would you address it?

DP: Our community is under employed and under paid. The Fiscal Court needs to work with the City and Industrial Authority to market Clark County to suitable companies to benefit our community. Second, programs need to be developed with GRC, BCTC, and other training programs to prepare our workforce.

Other comments?

DP: I have served our community before and look forward to having the opportunity to serve again. I humbly ask you for your vote.