Scott Wathen and wife Shannon have one daughter, Haley. He is currently employed by LATA Kentucky, a member of United Steel Workers Local 550 and currently serving as the constable for McCracken County's 3rd District. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in theological studies and will earn a Bachelor of Science degree in business management next month. Wathen and his family are members at St. Thomas More Church. He is also a U.S. veteran and long-time supporter of veteran causes.
What makes you the best-qualified candidate for county commission?
I have always been very fiscally-minded. I will work with my constituents and maintain a moral and ethical presence. I will evaluate the circumstances with a questioning attitude, think outside of the box and have an open-minded approach. I believe government should be more about we and less about me. Respect for others' opinions and communication is imperative. I'm very comfortable being in open-platform discussions and intend to make our community a more productive and safer place. Public service has always been a passion of mine, whether it's community service or one-on-one conversations. Serving our community would be an honor.
What do you view as the most important immediate issues for McCracken County?
I consider infrastructure upgrades, education, public safety and creating jobs for our community the most immediate issues for our community. Improvements should be made at reasonable prices, thus expanding the value of our dollar. Working together with local businesses, the Paducah Chamber of Commerce, the economic development board, as well as potential companies for jobs for our region is crucial. This will create jobs and provide a great first impression for potential employers that are looking to expand into our area. Economic growth for McCracken County is imperative so we continue to have a great place to live and raise our families. I want others to know how great our county is.
What longer-term issues concern you the most?
I am concerned that if we do not stay proactive in our goal to create jobs that we will become re-active in our circumstance. The county needs to be able to have a substantial amount of income coming in to benefit the obligations of the residents. If more jobs are created in the county, it will mean more income for our community. This will create a snowball effect that will enable small businesses and local entrepreneurs to grow and the people of our county to prosper.