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Anderson County Judge-Executive Steve Cornish filed a letter of intent to seek re-election in 2010, he announced last week.
Cornish said he sent in his letter of intent on Aug. 31. Filing the letter means Cornish is allowed to start raising funds for his campaign.
As it currently stands, Cornish will square off against current Magistrate John Wayne Conway in the democratic primary election. Donna Drury has also filed to run for the office as an independent.
Cornish said he always planned on running for election.
“I never had any interest in not running,” Cornish said.
“I want to continue some of the things we’re doing,” he said. “In these economic conditions, it’s hard for first-time county judges. We’ve made a lot of changes, a lot of improvements, but it’s been really tough.”
Cornish was elected for this first term in 2006.
Cornish said he would like to continue working on economic development and is pleased with the work of the Lawrenceburg-Anderson County Economic Development Authority, he said.
“It’s a competitive field,” Cornish said. “We’re progressing and we’ve done some good, hard work. We’re going to see some results.”
Cornish said he wants to focus on improving the health and safety of the community by continuing to support the sheriff’s department and the ambulance service.
He also said he would like to continue improving the county’s green efforts and pointed to successes at the county’s solid waste collection site. All of the materials brought to the site, except refrigerators, are kept off the ground now.
He said he’s working to make the county “better, cleaner and more environmentally friendly.”
Cornish said he wants the public to know his door is always open.
“I’m always available if anyone needs something,” Cornish said.
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