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Magistrate candidate questionnaire, District E-Mike Peterson

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By The Staff

Name: Mike Peterson

Address: 1625 Miller Pike

       Lebanon, KY 40033

Date of birth: 09-13-1956

Family information: Wife-Jean Brockman Peterson

    Parents-J.B. and Jean Peterson

    Children-Rhonda Spalding, Jenny Peterson, Megan Raley

    Step-children-Brad Barnett, Delanna Herald

    Five grandchildren

Educational background: 1974 Graduate MCHS, AA Degree-Eastern KY Univ.

Work history: Retired from Windstream Communications, 31 years

US Census-2009

Current President/Business Manager IBEW Local 463, 6 years

Part-time farmer

Community activities (clubs, organizations, church, etc.): Former chairperson MCHS project graduation

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Campaign email:

1. Why are you running for magistrate?

Marion County has been good to me. I feel like it's time to give back to the community and serve in public office.

2. What are your qualifications to serve as a magistrate? What knowledge and experiences have prepared you for this position?

Working for the local phone company, I have traveled every road in Marion County and talked to many people about their concerns. As local union president, I have conducted meetings, negotiated contracts, resolved grievances and managed the assets of the local.

3. If elected, what will be your priorities in office?

To insure that taxpayer money is being used in the most efficient manner to provide services for the people of Marion County.

4. What do you believe are the most important issues the county will be facing in the next four years? What can you do as a magistrate to address those issues?

The economic downturn and what effect it has on the ability of the county to do business. The magistrates will have to explore all avenues to keep the county moving forward.

5. E-911 has been discussed in Marion County for more than a decade, but it has not become a reality. Do you support bringing E-911 to the county? If so, how should we pay for it? If not, why not?

E-911 would be beneficial to emergency services, but still has limitations and is only as good as the information put in it. Also the people of the county have to decide if they want to pay for it. The first thing that needs to be looked at is better marking of roads and 911 addresses marked at every residence.

6. Health insurance costs continue to climb and the county's revenue from its occupational tax has declined with the decline in the economy. What should the county do to sustain itself financially?

Find the most economical health insurance available and do everything possible to keep industry in the county. We also need to keep up the good job of recruiting new high paying jobs into the county.

7. What other issues do you think the county should focus on, and what can you do as a magistrate to address those issues?

County government must not forget about the young people, they are our future. A magistrate should always be aware of how their decisions affect the next generation.

8. What else would you like voters to know about you?

I would like the voters of District E to know that I will always be available when they have concerns with issues facing county government. I will attend meetings and vote on all the issues. The only way to be successful as a magistrate is listen and work for the people of Marion County.