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Three people want to be Campbellsville's mayor for the next four years. On May 20, that pool of candidates will be narrowed to two.
Tony Young, serving in his first term as mayor, has filed for re-election. Brenda Allen, whom Young defeated in the November 2010 general election, has also filed for another chance to serve the community. Henry L. Goff has also filed for the chance to represent Campbellsville residents.
The two candidates with the most votes in this month's primary election will face each other in the November general election. The highest vote getter will take office in January.
The mayor's race is a nonpartisan one. When ballot positions were drawn earlier this year, Allen drew the top spot. Her name will appear first, followed by Goff's and then Young's.
The CKNJ mailed questionnaires to each of the candidates facing opposition in the May primary election. Allen, Goff and Young submitted responses and they are printed below, in the order in which they will appear on the ballot.
See complete questionnaires from Allen, Goff and Young with this story online at www.cknj.com.
Brenda Allen is married to Ronnie Allen, and they have three sons, Bryan, Jon B. and Brent. The Allens have three daughters-in-law and five grandchildren.
Allen has lived in Taylor County her entire life and is a Taylor County High School graduate. She wrote on her questionnaire that she has also completed several professional classes.
Allen worked at Campbellsville Independent Schools and Fruit of the Loom. She was a purchasing agent at Ingersoll-Rand and worked in the president's office at Campbellsville University.
Allen was elected and served two terms as mayor, from 2003 to 2010. After leaving office in January 2011, she accepted the executive director position at The Healing Place.
Allen wrote that she believes there should be more transparency in city government.
"There should be a lot less nepotism and increased fiscal responsibility associated with the city budget," she wrote. "I do believe that a portion of the tax base money for Campbellsville could be put to more worthwhile and community based public works."
The three most important issues facing the mayor's office, according to Allen, are expanding and attracting industry, roads and infrastructure and competent money management.
"These issues add up to jobs, jobs and more jobs," she wrote. "A working, growing, viable economy doesn't depend on taxes, but rather on industry, transportation and spending our existing tax money wisely.
"A mayor's decisions should never be selfish or personal, but be made for the benefit of the entire community. This should be your first rule and guide on the decisions that are made."
Allen wrote that she believes she is the best candidate for the mayor's position because she believes in the community.
" ... And, besides, I am old enough and finally wise enough to know, 'it is not about me.'"
Henry L. Goff
Henry L. Goff has two daughters, Leslie Rhodes and Susan Herron. He has three granddaughters, Whitney, Rachel and Jennifer Rhodes, and two great-grandchildren, Bradyn and Lia Rhodes. He also has a son-in-law, David Rhodes.
Goff's education includes Green County Elementary School, Adair County High School, Lindsey Wilson College, Spencerian College and U.E.L. Federated Tax Service.
Goff is a former master security officer at Amazon.com, a former state employee, and he was a radio announcer, restaurant owner and experience works trainee at Asbury United Methodist Church.
He wrote that he also served with Taylor County Fiscal Court and currently owns Purses 'R Us. He is a member of the Taylor Regional Hospital Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion Post 82, is a Kentucky colonel and attends Palestine Baptist Church. He wrote that he served on the committee when the city pool was built and when work on KY 210 began.
Goff wrote that he is running because he enjoys working with the public.
" ... And the citizens of Campbellsville needs someone who will listen to their issues, problems and understand how the average person lives and will represent all of the citizens, not just a few!!"
The three most important issues facing the mayor's office, Goff wrote, are creating new jobs, controlling spending and being a representative of all people.
" ... This is your city and the future of our great city depends upon you. I will not just be [sitting] around waiting for industries to come to us. I'll go wherever that I need to go to bring new industries here."
Goff wrote that he believe he is the best candidate for mayor because he is an everyday person who can understand how all classes live.
" ... From steaks to hamburgers and will stand up for all the people! No great promises, I'll just do the best I can for all. We need to improve [Miller] Park before worrying on new ones!!!!!"
Tony Young, 58, is married to Tonya Young, and they have two sons, Troy Young and Tyler Young.
Young graduated from Campbellsville University in 1998 and 2004, with bachelor and master's degrees in business administration. He also graduated from Lindsey Wilson College in 1985 and Campbellsville High School in 1973.
Before becoming mayor in January 2011, he served at Taylor Regional Hospital as material management coordinator in surgical services. He has also worked at Louisville Bedding Co. and Fruit of the Loom.
Young wrote on his questionnaire that he is running for office because he enjoys leading people and encouraging them to be successful.
"I will continue to be proactive in maintaining our equipment, improving services and promoting future businesses. We must do all this while keeping costs at a minimum. I always keep taxpayers in mind and do whatever possible to use their money wisely and efficiently."
The three most important issues facing the mayor's office, according to Young, are fiscal responsibility, community development and future planning.
In the fiscal responsibility category, Young wrote, he addressed how to fund and operate local rescue and EMS services, which were close to shutting down because of excessive operating costs. That cost has decreased, he wrote, while the quality of those services has remained excellent. Merging fire and rescue had immediate savings of about $350,000.
He wrote that significant, long-term improvements have been made at Campbellsville Water Co., such as additional water tanks to allow customers safe, clean and affordable water. Young wrote that he has worked for the city to have a reserve account in case of an emergency.
In terms of community development, he wrote, improvements have been made downtown and at Miller Park.
Looking to future, Young wrote, the city bought 180 acres of land for recreational or industrial purposes and is in talks to sell water to Lebanon.
Young wrote that he believes he is the best candidate because of his achievements.
"My ability to analyze a problem and find a resolution has always been something I was called upon to do in all of my previous employments."
For more information, visit www.tonywyoung.com.
This is the sixth in a series of stories about the races on the primary election ballot come May 20. The complete series is as follows.
• April 24 - Constable candidates
• April 28 - U.S. Senator and U.S. representative candidates
• May 1 - Taylor County PVA candidates
• May 5 - Taylor County Jailer candidates
• May 8 - Taylor County magistrate candidates
• May 12 - Campbellsville mayor candidates
• May 15 - State senator candidates
• May 19 - Voting and precinct information, along with financial reports
• May 22 - Primary election results