FLATWOODS, Ky. — Buford Hurley II, will serve in Flatwoods City Council Ward Four beginning Jan. 5, 2017. Hurley defeated his opponent with a vote of 1,250, 51.36 percent, and opponent Richard E. Lewis, 1,184, 48.64 percent on Nov. 8, 2016.
Hurley said the race for the council seat was orchestrated in a positive manner, which he believes is the best method.
“This election was unique for myself and my opponents because once we had signed up to run we actually met and discussed that we wanted to try to turn the trend of negative campaigning,” Hurley said. “We like each other, and liked one another’s ideas, and the only thing that we ever talked about were the issues at hand, and what we thought should be done with those issues, and how we would approach those issues differently. So, we decided that we didn’t want anything negative as far as campaigning goes. It was a clean campaign, very classy, and my opponent Rich Lewis is a great guy.”
Hurley is not a stranger to the Flatwoods Council. He served on the Council back in 1996.
“We have some growth opportunities in the next two to five years, with new roads and things like that coming in, and maybe try to focus more on that than some of the other things that are not that important, if you will,” he said. “So hopefully, we can get things moving along on some of those new projects and help the city of Flatwoods to grow, and to beautify it a little bit, that is what I want to do. This is my second time to serve on the council. I was on the council back in 1996.”
Hurley, said he will also continue working in his position as the director of Greenup County E-911 Center in Greenup, Ky., and utilize his expertise as well.
“I love it here. I have lived here my whole life, and I want to do everything that I can to see the city grow, and make it more family oriented, and host some largest festivals, a some of the surrounding communities do,” he said. “I would like to help to bring the pride back into the community, which is something I think could see very easily happen. The knowledge and experience required to oversee the 911 office is definitely something that will be useful in the Council.”
Regarding infrastructure, he said he will work at gathering the information.
“I am not fully informed about infrastructure. I don’t know where the city stands on that topic right now, but will have all of that information soon,” he said. “Where we stand on infrastructure, our water plant, sewer plant where we are on those, and what type of plan will we put together, these are things that we will be addressing. I am a planner, so sometimes you plan for 10 years ahead. So that is one thing that I can bring to the table that a lot of people don’t have. It may be a project that takes 10 years, but you’ve got to start that project. Those are the types of things that planners do, so I can bring it to the table and help out.”
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