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Elder announces 2018 mayoral bid

Supporters surround Steven Elder in the Graves County Clerk's Office on Wednesday as he signs candidacy paperwork to run for mayor of Mayfield.

SHELLEY BYRNE/The Mayfield Messenger

BY SHELLEY BYRNE sbyrne@mayfield-messenger.com

Invoking words first said by President John F. Kennedy, Steven Elder said he hoped to pass the torch to a new generation as he announced his candidacy for Mayfield's mayor.

Elder made his announcement Wednesday afternoon at the county clerk's office, where he signed his candidacy papers surrounded by supporters.

He spoke about building on the legacy left by previous generations and harnessing the passion and ingenuity of younger ones.

Elder, 38, said he is poised to bridge the gap between generations.

"I'm in the perfect position to bring the community together and create the things we all want to see," he said.

Elder has served on the Mayfield City Council since January 2017. The council elected him to fill the seat left behind by John Poole in December 2016. Poole resigned his position as councilman to become the city's director of planning and community development. At the time of his election, Elder was chairman of the Mayfield/Graves County Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

Elder had also served three terms as a city councilman in Leitchfield, where he previously lived. He is a trust officer at U.S. Bank and would continue his employment if elected mayor, splitting his time between both offices, he said. He stressed, however, that he would be serving the citizens full time and would make himself available at any time city employees or citizens called on him with a need.

Elder is a native of Fancy Farm. He has lived in Mayfield since 2013. He is married to Tara Elder, and they have two children, Bailey and Baker.