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A 68-year-old General Electric retiree concerned about decisions of local government has decided to enter the race for Hardin County judge-executive.
Arthur Hurley Jr. of Glendale filed as a Republican candidate, citing the new government complex authorized by Hardin Fiscal Court as one of the projects he opposes.
Although it was not enacted by county government, Hurley also criticized the Elizabethtown restaurant tax, which adds 2 percent to the cost of prepared food with all proceeds going to tourism efforts. Hardin County government receives no revenue from the tax.
“I think I can do a better job than who’s in there now,” Hurley said. “I’m gonna give it a shot.”
In the May primary, he will face three-term incumbent Harry Berry. Radcliff Mayor J.J. Duvall, who announced his interest in the county leadership spot a week ago, is the only Democrat to file so far. The filing deadline is 4 p.m. Jan. 28.
Hurley worked for GE for more than 30 years, he said, retiring more than a decade ago. He also served as a union representative for several years, he said, which required him to talk to people, craft ideas and address problems.
Hurley said he will apply the same focus as judge-executive, listening to the people and working with those around him to “come up with some good solutions.”
“I just think I can handle the job,” he said.
A resident of Hardin County for more than 50 years, Hurley is a Vietnam War veteran, an avid biker and a certified karate instructor, he said.
“I’m just a good ol’ country boy,” he said.
This is his first attempt at public office. Hurley said he never has been deeply involved in politics. He plans to use signs and other promotional materials to market his campaign, he said.
He largely kept his intentions of running quiet, he said, but those he shared the news with have backed his decision.
“They told me to go for it, that they would support me,” he said.
Berryhas said he welcomes others to file for the seat because offering choice for voters is the mark of a strong democracy. He said he plans to run on his record and accomplishments in seeking a fourth term rather than focusing on his opponents.
Hurley said he has more research to do before he outlines his platforms, but he hopes Hardin Countians will take a look at his campaign and exercise their voting rights.
“If you know me, vote for me. If you don’t know me, give me a chance,” Hurley said. “If you don’t like me, then … vote for someone (else).”
Marty Finley can be reached at 270-505-1762 or email@example.com.