With this in mind, iSurf News got in contact with both of the Hopkins County Attorney candidates—incumbent candidate, County Attorney Todd P’Pool, and prospective County Attorney, John C. Whitfield—and asked them an identical set of questions to find out more.
What follows are the responses of incumbent Hopkins County Attorney, Todd P’Pool.
As to why Todd P’Pool initially chose to run for election/reelection as the Hopkins County Attorney, he explained that, “It has been an honor to serve as County Attorney and I hope to continue the success of our strong record. I believe in holding government accountable to the people it serves and I am the only conservative in this race. We created an award winning child support unit that became a Top 10 agency and I'm proud to have played a role in bringing a faith-based drug recovery center to our region through Western Kentucky Teen Challenge, Inc. I hope to continue offering the people of Hopkins County conservative leadership that gets results.”
When asked to give a general overview of what the position of Hopkins County Attorney entails from his perspective, such as the abilities and responsibilities that come along with the position, P’Pool said that, “The County Attorney prosecutes all misdemeanor crimes, including cold checks and DUI offenses. Our office handles the preliminary prosecution role for all felony crimes, including search warrants and preliminary hearings. Although not an official duty, I elected to contract with the state to perform child support enforcement. The County Attorney is also the legal advisor to the Fiscal Court.”
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, P’Pool explained that, “I was born in Hopkins County and married Shannon, my high school sweetheart. I earned an Associates Degree from MCC in 1993, earned a Bachelor's in Finance from U.K in 1995 and received my law degree from U.K. in 1999. I have 3 daughters that attend public school, Morgan attends MNHHS, Katie attends James Madison Middle and Mollie attends Pride Elementary. I am a life member of the National Rifle Association and serve as an Elder at Covenant Community Church. I am an Eagle Scout and earned my private's pilot's license in 1992. I love to hunt, read and watch football.”
In regards to future goals, iSurf News asked P’Pool what some of his primary objectives for Hopkins County are and/or what his platform consists of, to which he replied, “My primary objective is to keep the County Attorney's office in the hands of an experienced prosecutor that will hold local government accountable. My opponent's record of public service is Nortonville. A story of criminal investigations, open record violations and a complete lack of oversight is what he offers to our entire county. I offer the people of Hopkins County conservative leadership that gets results.”
When asked what he sees as his qualifications for this position, P’Pool stated that, “I am the only candidate in this race that has prosecuted a criminal case. We have a 96% conviction rate and have collected over $13.5 million in child support- the most in Hopkins County history. I offer a strong record of results.”
In conclusion, iSurf News offered P’Pool the opportunity to say whatever he wanted want to the people of the Hopkins County region.
What follows is his reply:
“It has been an honor to serve the people of Hopkins County. I have made the office more efficient and responsive to the taxpayers. I opened the lines of communication so any citizen can have their problems heard. We created an award winning child support unit despite 3 consecutive budget cuts. I believe in protecting property rights and supporting our local teachers. I believe in holding government accountable and treating all citizens with dignity and respect. Although my opponent has tried to diminish our accomplishments, I have kept my promises to Hopkins County and will continue to do so if I have the honor of being re-elected.”
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