With this in mind, iSurf News got in contact with both of the Madisonville Mayor candidates—prospective Mayor, David Jackson, and incumbent candidate, Mayor Will Cox—and asked them an identical set of questions to find out more.  

What follows are the responses of Madisonville Mayor candidate, David Jackson.

As to why David Jackson initially chose to run for election as Madisonville Mayor, he explained that, “I felt that politically and economically things were heading in the wrong direction.  We are very aware of this on the national level – but as I began to look at our local government and local economy, I began to see the same pattern – larger government, greater burdens being placed on our citizens and little “real” information on how our tax dollars are being spent.  I don’t have any personal angst against our current Mayor, I just believe that we come from very different points of view ideologically.

“My hope is that my background in business and finance can be put to use to turn these things around and to get Madisonville heading in a positive direction.”

When asked to give a general overview of what the position of Madisonville Mayor entails from his perspective, such as the abilities and responsibilities that come along with the position, Jackson said that, “The Mayor is the chief executive officer of the city, ultimately being responsible for all the work done by the various city departments.  I believe the tough economic times that we are facing as a nation place an even greater demand on local government to provide strong leadership. Leadership that will focus on providing the important services and will also focus on working tirelessly to create jobs and opportunity.  Creating new jobs in Madisonville will rank right up there with providing police and fire protection as the top priorities of my administration.  I know we’re in a tough economy and there are a lot of good people out of work right now.  I believe we can do a better job creating jobs and working with businesses that are interested in locating or growing here in Madisonville.”

When asked a little bit about what his personal background was, such as where he was born, what school he went to, what his hobbies are, and more, Jackson explained that, “I was born in Henderson, raised in Sebree, graduated from Life Christian Academy on Princeton Pike here in Madisonville and have lived in Madisonville since my graduation from the University of Kentucky in 1987.  I am both a certified public accountant at my own firm on Union Street and a minister at Living Waters Church of God on Dulin Street.

“My hobbies are: enjoying time with my wife and children (we love to go to Disney World), biking, swimming and working out.  I also have a private pilot’s license and love to fly when I get a chance.”

In regards to future goals, iSurf News asked Jackson what some of his primary objectives for Madisonville are and/or what his platform consists of, to which he replied, “Jobs—Whether pursuing prospects looking to relocate to Madisonville or working with local small and medium sized businesses to prosper in our city, I will show up to work every day committed to growing and attracting investment and jobs to the area. 

“Taxes—We're all feeling the pinch of the tough economy we're in. If you are like my family, just making ends meet is a constant challenge. We can't afford a city government that continues to raise taxes and fees.  I believe that we can do better than having no options but to continue to raise taxes. You deserve a Mayor who will work to cut the cost of city government - a Mayor who will trust you to keep more of your money and spend it as you see fit, not as the city government sees fit.

“Open Government - I believe we have a fundamental right to know how the government is spending our money, therefore I will impose a sunshine policy on Madisonville government.  I plan to bring the community to the table when it comes to controlling spending and trusting the people with real information about our city government.    I will shine the light on how city government spends your hard-earned tax dollars.  If it can’t be justified in the light of day, then we can probably spend our dollars more wisely.”

When asked what he sees as his qualifications for this position, Jackson stated that, “As a CPA, I understand the financial aspect of running the city.  As a minister, I understand the human relations side of working with citizens, city employees and business leaders.

“I speak the language of business and I understand the tremendous hurdles they face just trying to make ends meet – and I firmly believe that City government should not be one of those hurdles.  For too long the city government has put up roadblocks to the success of local businesses instead of partnering to create jobs and opportunity for our citizens.  Research has proven that 80% of new jobs come from growing small businesses.  I extend a hand of partnership to all businesses – small and large, union and non-union.  I will work for job-creators and not against them.”

In conclusion, iSurf News offered Jackson the opportunity to say whatever he wanted want to the people of Madisonville and the Hopkins County region.

What follows is his reply:

“Madisonville can and must compete. Strong leadership, enhanced commitment and energy in the Mayor's office and new ideas will position the city to make progress. Madisonville has a workforce of dedicated, hard-working people who just need opportunity. We are strategically located at the intersection of two important highway systems. We have the natural resources and the natural talent to move forward. As Mayor, I pledge to bring all of these positives together to create growth and opportunity for all our citizens.th and jobs. I believe Madisonville’s best days are ahead of us, not behind us.”

For more information about voting and registration deadlines in Hopkins County, please visit a previous article posted by iSurf News by clicking the following link: Kentuckians Face Deadline to Register to Vote in General Election.

Luke Short
iSurf News

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