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Kenny Wilson

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Kenny Wilson is a native of Hickman County and graduated from Hickman County High School in 1974. He later earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture with a minor in biology and a Master's degree and 30 hours above a master's degree in educational leadership from Murray State University. He began his career in 1979 as a science teacher and coach in the Carlisle County School District. In 1981, he took a position as a biology teacher at Hickman County High School. Throughout his 321⁠2 years of service to the Hickman County School District, Wilson taught biology and served as director of pupil personnel, director of professional development and director of technology. In 2009, he was selected as superintendent, where he served until December. Wilson is married to Kim. The couple has three children: Leslie, Allison and Ben.

What makes you the best qualified candidate for Hickman County judge-executive?

During the 321⁠2 years of championing the education of the students of Hickman County, the citizens have seen my education, experience and leadership skills. In my 41⁠2 year tenure as Hickman County school superintendent, I worked daily with 138 other employees and managed a $5-6 million budget, as we educated our children. I know how to cooperate and work with others to maximize our many resources and do great things.

What do you view as the most immediate issues for Hickman County?

Cooperation among all agencies and groups in our county needs to be the top priority. We need to build relationships, work together and not care who gets the credit as we do excellent things. An example of this would be the repairing of relationships between the fiscal court and the city councils of Clinton and Columbus as we work together to continue to improve our roads, our emergency services and our commitment to our senior citizens.

What longer-term issues concern you the most?

Maintaining and enhancing our county services in times of declining state and federal revenue is a great concern. Our technology must be improved as we increase the number of homes connected to broadband and we must provide our businesses with greater bandwidth. Job creation for our citizens will remain a priority. We must cooperate and be creative to meet the needs of the citizens of Hickman County.

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