Dale Usher is a life-long resident of Mayfield and Graves County. He retired from the Mayfield Fire Department with 20-plus years as assistant fire chief-paramedic. Usher currently owns Usher, Inc., and has for the past 18 years. He's married to Shannon Crass Usher from Wingo. They have two children and two grandchildren. He has been a member of First Presbyterian Church of Mayfield all of his life and served as elder.
What makes you the best qualified candidate for Graves County Judge-Executive?
I retired from the Mayfield Fire Department in 2011 with 20-plus years of service to my community with the rank of assistant fire chief. I am a trained paramedic; I have worked with both city and county governments during my career. I also have been owner of an electrical construction company in Graves County for 18 years. So, I have been on both sides of the paycheck. I deal with architects, engineers and property development companies every day. I am a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. I served on the Graves County Retail Recruitment Committee.
What do you view as the most important immediate issues for your district?
We have lost a tremendous amount of industry in Graves County, and, along with that, we have lost tax revenue. But the cost of maintaining our schools, roads and communities continues. I am dedicated to making our county pro-business. We must prepare incentives of all types to entice industry to locate their businesses in Graves County and support the existing employers we have now. Surrendering our industry to other states cannot be an option.
What longer-term issues concern you the most?
We have some of the best skilled training facilities in our area, but they are full of displaced workers. I feel that our skilled trades are not as important to the younger generation as in the past. Encouraging our children to learn a skilled trade must start in the home. There are tremendous opportunities in the world to make a career out of a skilled craft. To have a workforce trained and ready to go, when that large company looks at us, would be a home run for everyone! I don't want to just help create jobs. I want to help create careers. That is what will keep our workforce in Graves County.