Eight vie for six seats on Campbellsburg Council

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By Cindy DiFazio

Staff writer/photographer

Four incumbents and three newcomers will vie for six seats on Campbellsburg’s City Council in November’s general election.

The candidates are Jennifer Dawn Bratton, incumbent Jan Fletcher, Daniel Lane, incumbent Rex Wayne Morgan, Shelley Noe, incumbent Jason Stanley and John E. Suter.

• Jan Fletcher, 65, is a current city council member and retired. Fletcher completed three years of college.

He and wife Melodye have two sons and two grandchildren who reside in Middletown.

Fletcher said he is running for reelection because he believes he can do a good job with the issues that come up. Fletcher said he voted “no” on new property taxes because local sewer bills were higher. “I try to think would I do it with my income?” he said, “and what would the community want done?”

Fletcher said he thinks the most important issues facing Campbellsburg are sewers and growth within the community. “I think we are going to have growth,” he said.

Fletcher said he would like to see a motel and a sit-down restaurant come to town. “I’d like a nice restaurant where folks can go after church,” he said. Fletcher said he does not want to see fast food restaurants in the area.

• Daniel Lane, 54, is a former Henry County Water District water plant operator. He served four years on the Campbellsburg City Council.

Lane said he would like to see more town clean-up accomplished in Campbellsburg. He also believes his experience with the water district will be of benefit to the residents as the sewer project progresses.

Lane said mowing in the city is an issue. “I would try to take care and make sure the town is clean,” he said. Lane said another big issue is the sewer project.

• Rex Wayne Morgan, 44, currently serves on the city council. He holds a master’s degree in business organizational management and science. Morgan is married to Angela and they have five children ranging in age from seven months to 25-years old. He is retired from the U.S. Navy and is employed by the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Morgan said he enjoys serving the community because he and his family have made Campbellsburg their home. “Being retired from the military I never settled down,” he said. Morgan said he possesses common sense and concern for the community that are beneficial. “There are a lot of changes coming down the road,” he said.

Morgan said he would like to see the tax base increase with annexation. “Citizens are paying increased taxes because the tax base hasn’t changed,” he said. Morgan said residents’ sewer bills will keep increasing if the tax base does not change. “The bill can only go up,” he said. Morgan said sidewalks that were built in the 1930’s should be replaced. “We have to get new money,” he said.

• Shelley Noe, 39, is a political newcomer. Noe is married to David, and has four children — Will, 17, Emma, 7, Tess, 4 and Kate, 2.

She attended Western Kentucky University and majored in advertising. She holds a Kentucky Real Estate license and is a certified Emergency Medical Technician. Noe works for Henry County Emergency Management Services.

She said the current city council has laid good groundwork in Campbellsburg. “I want to ensure Campbellsburg maintains its hometown feel,” she said. Noe wants Campbellsburg to build a park and provide more recreational outlets for children. “Kids don’t have much to do,” she said. “One way to build a community is to build a park.”

Noe also said sidewalk conditions should be addressed and believes Campbellsburg should honor its history.

“I want to secure grants to get buildings on the National Historic Register,” she said. Noe said three possible buildings for the register are the depot, the colored school and a two-room jail.

She said one issue facing Campbellsburg is bringing in more things for children. Noe said another issue is better police coverage for the area. “Police protection is something we need to pursue,” she said. Noe said healthy growth along with annexation is important.

The Henry County Local was unable to reach candidates Jennifer Dawn Bratton, Jason Stanley and John E. Suter prior to the deadline for this story.

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