Carr, Jackson seeking seats on City Council

Graves County Clerk Kim Gills (left) watches as Lauren Carr fills out her paperwork to run for a seat on the Mayfield City Council.

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Along with the current 10 members of the Mayfield City Council, a familiar face and a new face will join the race to help represent the city.

Council members Barry McDonald, Chuck Whitnell, Phil Myers, Jana Adams, Johnny "The Real" Jackson, Nate Cox, Derrick Parrott, Brad Rodgers, Carol Todd, and Darrick Herndon will be on the 2020 ballot, along with Johnny Jackson and Lauren Carr.

This is Carr's first attempt at political office. Jackson, a former Mayfield Fire Department firefighter, had held a seat on the city council in the late 1990s and has mounted a few campaigns to regain a council seat.

Herndon is the most recent addition to the city council. He ran and won the seat this past November that was held by the late Wayne Potts. Potts had also served Mayfield as its mayor.

Carr, who is the program coordinator for Graves County Agency on Substance Abuse Policy, said working to prevent substance abuse was one of the main focal points for her decision to enter the race.

"With my experience working with the youth, I feel like more can done, especially around preventing substance abuse," she said. "Obviously, that is my passion. I want to make sure Mayfield is a great place for kids to grow up."

Carr said a friend who passed away last summer was very active in politics and pushed her interest.

"I wanted to do this for her, too," Carr said.

Jackson said he was encouraged to enter the race once again.

"I had several people ask me to run and think I'd make a good voice in City Hall," he said.

Jackson said the main issue for his platform is taxation.

"We're going to have to lower taxes on something, either payroll tax or municipal premium insurance tax," he said. "It's costing more and more. We need to look at spending and try to save the taxpayers some dollars and cut back on some taxes if we can."

He also mentioned paving city streets and cleaning up neighbors as other issues he plans to run on this election.

Eric Walker is the news editor for The Mayfield Messenger. He has also worked as a staff writer for the Messenger, editor for the Murray Ledger & Times, and in public relations. He is married with two sons.