SchneiderHENDERSON COUNTY, Ky. (12/15/17) — Brad Schneider, appointed Henderson County Judge-Executive in March 2016 and elected to the position last fall, announced he has filed for re-election.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin appointed Schneider after former Judge-Executive Hugh McCormick died from complications of surgery February last year. Schneider faced McCormick’s widow, Tina, in the 2016 general election for the right to finish McCormick’s unexpired term. Schneider won with 61.8 percent of the vote and will serve through 2018.

He said he filed for re-election, because he is proud of what has been accomplished during his tenure thus far, and wants the chance to serve a full four-year term.

“I asked Gov. Bevin, and then the voters of Henderson County, for the chance to be judge-executive primarily so I could help pull the county out of the financial crisis it found itself in the last two years of Hugh’s administration,” Schneider said. “We’ve been able to do that. With the invaluable assistance of the other members of fiscal court and the men and women who lead county government’s various departments, we’ve passed two responsible budgets in a row, begun to restore the county’s reserve funds, which had been drawn down to precipitously low levels; increased resources for our road and sheriff’s departments as well as the county attorney’s office; and created a new, sustainable method for supporting our county’s volunteer fire departments."

“We did all that without raising county property tax rates in either of the last two years, and we also approved a significant cap on the county’s net profits tax," he said. "So, we’re making a sincere effort to be fiscally responsible, to manage the county’s affairs professionally, and to be responsive to and mindful of the needs of county residents."

“But, we still have a lot of work to do to get county government back to where it needs to be," Schneider said. "We can improve the way we help grow the local economy. We still have to be careful how we deal with budget and tax decisions being made in Frankfort and Washington. I’d humbly ask for a new four-year term to continue to address those issues and move the county in an even more positive direction.”

Born in Atlanta and raised in Tucson, Arizona., and Garden Grove, California., Schneider attended the University of Evansville, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications. He moved to Henderson in 1988 to work for The Gleaner and also held reporting and editorial positions at the Madisonville Messenger and Evansville Courier & Press, all while maintaining his residence in Henderson County.

In 2009, Schneider was named president of the Henderson-Henderson County Chamber of Commerce and helped lead the effort to merge the chamber with Northwest Kentucky Forward, a regional economic development organization, creating Kyndle in 2014. Schneider was named Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executive of the Year in 2015.

Schneider said he has been a passionate and high-profile advocate for the building of Interstate 69 in western Kentucky and is a founding board member of BridgeLink, a partnership of business and political leaders in Southwestern Indiana and Northwestern Kentucky created to push for the building of the I-69 bridge over the Ohio River. He has testified before committees at both the state and federal levels about the importance of the project to the region and has made presentations on I-69 at numerous transportation conferences in Kentucky, Indiana and Washington, D.C. over the past eight years.

He is a board member of Kentuckians for Better Transportation, a statewide infrastructure advocacy group, and is a member of the executive committee of the Green River Area Development District board of directors. Locally, he serves as chairman of the Henderson Regional Hospital Foundation and is on the boards of the Henderson County Cooperative Extension Service, the Henderson Community College Foundation and Henderson County Farm Bureau. He is also on the board of the Henderson Leadership Initiative, from which he graduated in 2008.

Schneider’s wife, Kelly, is a Henderson native who is CEO of the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center in Evansville. They have two sons, Ben, 20; and Nicholas, 16.

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