Mark Scott was born and raised in Paducah and now lives in the Reidland area. His parents are Merritt and Geraldine Scott of Paducah. He has one daughter named Paige Scott. Scott was a 1978 graduate of Reidland High School. He has been a member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 184 for 36 years and a member of the United Steelworkers Local 550 for 16 years, doing site cleanup at the Gaseous Diffusion Plant. Scott is a member of Gospel Mission Worship Center in Reidland.
What makes you the best qualified candidate for county commission?
At times, we should use a common sense approach to some issues and put politics aside and make decisions based on what is best for the whole community and not just certain groups. I have always been an honest and straight-forward person with a stand up attitude. I have never been or will I be in someone's back pocket. If anyone has an issue, I believe they deserve an answer. It may not always be the answer they want to hear but they deserve an answer. I will always have an open line of communication.
What do you view as the most important immediate issues for McCracken County?
The job market has always been an issue. We need jobs that cannot only pay the bills but also have money left to put food on the table. People shouldn't have to work both a full-time job and a part-time job to make ends meet. With the loss of jobs in the area with good pay and benefits, how can we justify being happy with a company coming into the area and paying $10 an hour that doesn't add up.
What longer-term issues concern you the most?
There are several things that come to mind, but the one thing that stands out the most to me is the amount of people in the McCracken County area living in poverty or below the poverty level. Some people have lost their self-esteem and dignity. We need jobs in our area that will allow people to live comfortably and not just from paycheck to paycheck. Another issue that concerns me and some of the community is the animal shelter.