Mark Waggoner, a graduate of Wingo High School, is a native of Graves County. He graduated from Murray State University with a degree in Vocational Education and B.S. in industrial technical education. He has a Master in Electrical from Kentucky. Waggoner currently is the co-owner of Waggoner Radiator Warehouse, with approximately 24 employees. It has been in business for 54 years. He is also a Graves County commissioner, 2010 to present, and a Mayfield City Council member from 1996 to 2010.
What makes you the best qualified candidate for Graves County judge-executive?
I am co-owner of Waggoner Radiator in Mayfield. Being a business man, I understand how to work within a budget. I believe in being a good steward of the taxpayers' money. I have worked within a budget at my family's business. I have been a Graves County commissioner for three and half years and a Mayfield City councilman for 14 years. I have worked in planning, budgeting and expenses. I will work as a team member with the commissioners and the public. I have an open door policy; anyone can call me with the problems they are having, and I will try to help solve the issues.
What do you view as the most important immediate issues for Graves County?
The issues I want to address as judge-executive include infrastructure of roads. We have more than 800 miles of roads, bridge safety, and we have over 140 bridges. Having the proper equipment to plow the snow off the roads to make them safe and passable.
What longer-term issues concern you most?
Jobs for the growth of Graves County and employee training. Ky. Tech. vocational school here in Mayfield-Graves County has students ninth through 12th grade that co-op in on the job training while getting their education. I have personally hired 46 students over the years with this program. I work with the Graves County Economic Development and the PADD office. I work to get business incentives to locate here in Graves County. We at the Fiscal Court work with Graves County Economic Develop Board to help in locating business and factories to come to Graves County. The PADD office and state have incentives to help these companies come to Graves County. I have encouraged businesses to re-invest and build larger in Graves County.