PINEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT)- took the stage tonight in a public forum. Three Republicans and two Democrats took part in a meet the candidates style forum, explaining to voters why they should be elected to the county's most powerful office.
Two Republicans are hoping to unseat incumbent Albey Brock in the primary
Republican candidate Angela Madison Jackson said she wants to focus on helping the area's economy. "We need to develop a strong economic development plan that would help us get promise zone grants if we had strategy we need to be tax friendly to business and maybe land incentive to build ."
The other Republican candidate David Allen Miracle wants to focus on jobs. "I'd like to see jobs come in here that you can take care of your family when your kids get out of high school college and have somewhere to come home to."
The incumbent Judge Executive, Republican Albey Brock told us, "We can't be in competition with ourself we've got to continue to explore all the tourism options we have and within that tourism caveat you have to add the revitalization of our downtowns."
On the other ticket , Democrats S. Bruce Hendrickson and Austin Redmon have their eyes on a primary victory.
Hendrickson wants to deal with the drug problems of Bell County. "Crowds of people do not like drug dealers so when we start getting rid of the drug dealers and drugs on the streets then we start making people from other towns think well maybe we just ought to go there and get some business started."
Redmon wants to focus on high paying jobs. "If we're business friendly then we'll have jobs, but I want the 18-20 dollar an hour job, I'm not interested in the minimum wage job."
One Republican and one Democrat candidate will advance to the general election in November. The primary election is May 20th.