Magistrate District 4 candidate – Steve Masterson

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(Candidates responses are being printed exactly as they were submitted to the Enterprise.)

Full name: Michael Stephen (Steve) Masterson (Steve)
Age: 63
Address: 900 Raywick Road Lebanon, Ky 40033
Email: mstevem@windstream.net

Educational background:
Graduate of Marion County High School. One semester at Campbellsville University

Work experience:
Farmed for 32 years including  Dairy, Beef Cattle, And Tobacco. Worked at Makers Mark Distillery, full and part time for 14 years. Served as Marion County Magistrate, District 4 for the last 15 years.

Family information:
I am the son of the late George and Theresa Masterson of Loretto Ky. I have 3 brothers and 8 sisters. I am married to Lila Hall Masterson for 25 years. I have 2 sons Brent and Michael Masterson both of Marion County, 5 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, and 3 stepchildren.

Organizations/clubs involved in:
I am a member of the Kentucky Magistrates Association, Farm Bureau, Jail, Animal Shelter and Policy& Procedures Committees and various other temporary committees, Loretto Sportsman Club.

Why are you running for magistrate?
I have been a Magistrate in Marion County’s 4th district for the last 15 years. I know first hand the difficult decisions that are necessary to be made. I believe the decisions made today will have a great effect on the lives of Marion County citizens today, tomorrow and the future, I understand and accept that challenge. I want to make a positive impact for the citizens of Marion County.

What are your qualifications to serve as magistrate? What knowledge and experience have prepared you for this position?
My parents paved a good road for me to travel. My life experiences as a US and Marion County Citizen, being a farmer for 32 years, being a Dad and a grandfather taught me pride in my family, my neighbors and my community. The people I represent have also been a great teacher.

If elected, what will be your priorities in office? 
I want to keep Marion County a great place to live and raise a family, keep Marion County strong by continuing to support projects that require county support, continue a high level of county Services, keeping property taxes low, by supporting industry in Marion County, a strong local economy is good for all of us.

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?
Staying fiscally sound is always a concern. The court has done an excellent job of doing that. State funding is dwindling and we are put in a position of funding what was previously funded by the state or closing the doors. The Career Center is an example where County government has stepped up to provide necessary funding. The Career Center being a valuable asset for industry and the work force. Another major concern is drugs, they destroy the fabric of our families and cause shortages in our work force. We need to continue our support of youth programs, encouraging our youth to be active and hopefully away from drugs. We need our State and Federal leaders to assist in funding programs in prevention and rehabilitation of those impacted by drugs.

What other issues do you think the county should focus on, and what can you do as a magistrate to address those issues?
We need more quality jobs for the residents of Marion County. As a court we have worked with and funded programs at the Tech school to put our youth in a position to qualify for these jobs. The important part of being a magistrate is to be able to make good decisions that can handle the issues that do arise.

What would like the people to know about you?
I have been a lifelong resident of Marion County, living in the Lorettoand St. Marys area for 64 years. I’m a hard worker and passionate about my duties as a magistrate. I believe that working together we can continue to make Marion County a great place to live.