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Five apply to fill four seats in Willisburg commissioner race

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By Jesse Osbourne


Five candidates will battle for four seats on the Willisburg city commission.


All candidates were given a questionnaire from The Springfield Sun to fill out. The candidates each returned their questionnaire. Their answers are below.

Rea Byrd
Why did you decide to file or re-file for this office?

To become more active in our community.
Besides running for this political office, how else are you involved in this community or your district (volunteering, previous political experience, etc.)?
Living in the City of Willisburg and having our children raised in the community. Looking out for the best for them and the future.
How have these experiences helped prepare you for office?
Having more of a voice.
What would you say is the job description for the office you seek?
Making decisions in the community we live in.
Why would you be a good candidate for this office?
Looking out for the best interest of our community.
If elected, what would you like to accomplish or help accomplish during your term?
Making a better community to live in and seeing it grow.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Yes, seeing that we make our park more useful for our children and seeing our children more active.

John Kirsch
Why did you decide to file or re-file for this office?

Because I want to see the city keep prospering.
Besides running for this political office, how else are you involved in this community or your district (volunteering, previous political experience, etc.)?
I oversee Willisburg cemetery.
How have these experiences helped prepare you for office?
Learn how to deal with the public.
What would you say is the job description for the office you seek?
Taking interest in our community and the people.
Why would you be a good candidate for this office?
I was born and raised here and I’ve been on the council for two years.
If elected, what would you like to accomplish or help accomplish during your term?
Help the city to grow more.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I feel I have been a help to the community and could be more help in the future.

Bruce Barr
Why did you decide to file or re-file for this office?

So I can stay involved with the community.
Besides running for this political office, how else are you involved in this community or your district (volunteering, previous political experience, etc.)?
I’m involved with 4-H and on the cemetery board.
How have these experiences helped prepare you for office?
Working with the people and for the people of this community.
What would you say is the job description for the office you seek?
To help our town and community.
Why would you be a good candidate for this office?
I’ve been in office two years and know what is going on and the needs of the community.
If elected, what would you like to accomplish or help accomplish during your term?
More growth.

Ricky Settles
Why did you decide to file or re-file for this office?

I knew one of the commissioners was not going to re-file this year and in the past, it was hard to find people willing to do the job, so I put my name in the “hat” to help the mayor and the other commissioners to the best of my ability.
Besides running for this political office, how else are you involved in this community or your district (volunteering, previous political experience, etc.)?
I was a Willisburg city commissioner a few years ago, until my job interfered with the meeting schedule, so I gave it up so someone else could have the opportunity to serve the community better.
How have these experiences helped prepare you for office?
With the roles I’ve had / have, I have the capabilities to lead discussions, to speak to a group of people, to take on projects and oversee them, and to listen and work with others to get whatever is needed done.
What would you say is the job description for the office you seek?
In my opinion, the office of the city commissioner is to listen to the concerns, wants, and needs of the citizens of the city, work with the mayor and others, to try, to the best of my ability, to do what is best for the city of Willisburg, following the rules and regulations of the state of Kentucky.
Why would you be a good candidate for this office?
The person that seeks the job of city commissioner must be willing to put the time and effort in the job. Being a previous commissioner, I already know that there is a lot of work involved in doing this job. As described in the answer of question No. 3, I feel that I would be a good candidate for the job.
If elected, what would you like to accomplish or help accomplish during your term?
I have heard several people talk about the Willisburg community park. It is a very nice park and I would like to see it used more. I would make some suggestions on how it could be used and why it would benefit the community. We have a nice Memorial Day weekend event and I have some suggestions and ideas that I would like to bring before the counsel to help improve it. I would welcome all suggestions and comments from the citizens of the community and would take to the council for reviewing.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I appreciate the citizens of Willisburg for the opportunity to possibly serve as city commissioner.

Myron Byrd
Why did you decide to file or re-file for this office?

So I could be of more service to my community.
Besides running for this political office, how else are you involved in this community or your district (volunteering, previous political experience, etc.)?
I have volunteered my services for our memorial festival.
How have these experiences helped prepare you for office?
It has given me an opportunity to work with and for the people in the community and office.
What would you say is the job description for the office you seek?
I’m willing to do whatever I’m asked and to give new ideas [to the commission].
Why would you be a good candidate for this office?
More than anything willing to help others and work under our mayor on what decisions that have to be made.
If elected, what would you like to accomplish or help accomplish during your term?
Help elderly in storm and emergency situations, work in the community park and problems with and around Willisburg Lake.