Bud Tarry pointed to his decades of experience in education and community leadership Monday in explaining why he should be elected Barren County’s next judge-executive.
Tarry is one of four Democrats who had filed to seek the office as of Monday, just one day before Tuesday’s filing deadline. At least three Republicans had filed for the race as of Monday.
About 60 people filled the fiscal court meeting room in the Barren County Government Center for Tarry’s announcement. He spoke of his more than 41 years as a teacher, coach and director of pupil transportation and facilities for the Barren County Schools, and he described how he and his fellow coaches took a group of boys each fall and successfully molded them into a team.
“That’s one of my goals, is for me, as judge-executive, to take a group of people – our county officials, our fiscal court members, our people in Glasgow, Cave City and Park City – working together and putting together a team with common goals and common objectives,” he said.
Tarry mentioned his church membership, military service and his three decades as a member of the Temple Hill Lions Club, the Barren County Fair board and the board of the Temple Hill Volunteer Fire Department. Tarry said he served on the county’s planning commission for 22 years – he named some of the community icons who were his fellow commission members, saying they educated him well.
“They taught me what it means to be a servant of the people,” Tarry said. “They came in there with no hidden agendas, not worrying about who got publicity or who got credit for doing what. They only wanted to do what was best for Barren County.”
He also serves on the county’s recreation board, currently as chairman.
“This race is about the future,” Tarry said, “and the future is not Bud Tarry. It’s the young people of Barren County.”
The major issue in this area, he said, is jobs.
“Our economic and industrial recruitment at the present time is sitting on zero,” Tarry said. “‘Til we change the climate, we’re not going to get anything.”
Positive change will require a spirit of cooperation, not combative behavior that has the potential to repel prospective employers, he said.
Tarry said Barren County has many assets, but some need to be expanded, such as farmer’s markets. He also wants to encourage schools and hospitals to use local produce.
After the announcement, Tarry said people asked him to run because they think he’ll bring the same approach to teamwork that previous leaders demonstrated. He said he would start by getting everyone on the same page.
“We’ve had too many people on different pages in the last few years,” Tarry said. “They want their agenda, and they don’t worry about anybody’s else’s. It’s what’s best for Barren County that counts.”
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