Cotton's vision for county: Growth, prosperity

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By Meaghan Downs

Republican candidate Noal Cotton has spent his whole career, about 25 years, in public service to Lawrenceburg and Anderson County.

If elected as county judge-executive in November, current city maintenance supervisor Cotton said he would channel that same dedication to serve voters and address the needs of Anderson County.

“I’ve felt like I have a lot to bring to the position,” Cotton, born and raised in Anderson County, said. “I’ve worked with people all my life and always wanted to do all I could for my community and hometown, to see it grow and prosper.”

Cotton will be facing two Republican opponents, Orbrey Gritton and Blan Lickliter, in the upcoming May Republican primary, and potentially incumbent county judge-executive John Wayne Conway in November.

Although this is the first time Cotton said he has run for political office, he said he feels more than prepared to tackle the issues that would face the county judge-executive.

Cotton has spent the last 25 years of his career as the city maintenance supervisor, overseeing 11 city employees to maintain the city’s water distribution and wastewater collection systems, as well as Lawrenceburg’s streets, for more than 18,000 residents.

Much of his current position as maintenance supervisor involves maintaining professional and courteous relationship with city residents, many of whom are often upset about a sewer backup or leak when Cotton arrives on the scene.

Cotton said his experience working with city residents could also translate to strengthening the relationship between city and county government.

He said the communication between the city and county could be a stronger working relationship, and that it needs to be stronger for the residents and citizens in Anderson County.

“Ultimately, everyone benefits when you work together,” he said.

City and county government officials should be able to work hand in hand to find grants and other alternative revenue sources to improve public facilities in Anderson, Cotton said, which he believes the community has outgrown and needs updating.

A coach for Parks and Recreation sports leagues for basketball, football and baseball, Cotton said Anderson County doesn’t have enough practice space for teams such as the one he coaches, and improving public facilities may in turn attract more residents to the county.

“We could go to Frankfort and work together to achieve the needs of our county, whatever it may be,” Cotton said of city and county officials.

As the judge-executive, Cotton said he’d also focus on further developing economic opportunities — such as land development to attract different industries — and growing the tourism trade in Anderson County.

He said he sees similar communities such as Bardstown and Lancaster benefitting from an active bourbon tourism business, and would like the same for Anderson County.

“They’re pursuing different opportunities to bring alternative revenues into their counties outside of our own taxpayer base,” Cotton said of central Kentucky tourism destinations like Bardstown.

“We have people coming here, but we just don’t have much to offer. We have something to build on.”

Cotton said he’d accomplish this by getting economic development and tourism on the same page and working together to try to develop short-term and long-term goals to attract industry.

He attributes his commitment to service to three important male mentors and active members in the Anderson County community: his grandfather, the late George Allen Cotton; his father, Noal Cotton Sr., and uncle and former county judge-executive Thomas Dudley Cotton Sr.

Those three men taught Cotton how to be giving, both in service to his community and to his Lord, Cotton said.

A pastor at Alton Christian Church for 10 years, Cotton said he’s participated in numerous mission trips in the United Sates as well as six mission trips to Haiti. If he wins the Republican primary in May and the general election in November, Cotton said he plans to continue serving the county both as judge-executive and as a minister to his congregation.

“From mission trips to personal ministry, I’m proud to be called to serve the Lord and his people,” Cotton said.

And he’d like to continue that service, but in a different role.

“It’d be an honor to continue his lifelong public service as the next Anderson County judge-executive,” Cotton said.

He said he’d be walking the neighborhoods to talk with Anderson County voters and ask them what needs should be addressed through the office of county-judge executive.

He’ll be hosting a “meet and greet” political fundraiser on April 3 from 6-9 p.m. at Edwardo’s Pizza in Lawrenceburg, with a portion of the proceeds to go to his campaign.

If voters want to discuss issues with Cotton, contact the county judge-executive candidate at 502-859-4922, by email at ncottonjr@icloud.com or on Facebook by searching “Campaign for Noal Cotton.”




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Meet Noal Cotton

Anderson County native Noal Cotton, Republican candidate for Anderson County Judge-Executive, said he’s been a public servant in Anderson County for 25 years. He’s currently the maintenance supervisor for the city of Lawrenceburg and oversees 11 employees to maintain the city’s water distribution and wastewater collection systems and city streets for more than 18,000 residents.

Cotton has been married to his wife Rhonda for 17 years and they have two children, Rachel, 22, and Zach, 21.

The pastor at Alton Christian Church for the last decade, Cotton said he has been on six mission trips to Haiti and helped with numerous mission projects in the states.

Cotton is the current president of the Alton Ruritan Club, a community service organization for 54 years that hosts a church softball league consisting of 13 local churches. The Club also awards a scholarship each year to one Anderson County high school senior.

Cotton also helps coach Parks and Recreation sports teams, including football, baseball and basketball.

Cotton will be hosting a “meet and greet” political rally fundraiser on Thursday, April 3 from 6-9 p.m. at Edwardo’s Pizza, and invites Anderson County voters to meet him and discuss any ideas they have on how to improve the county.

A portion of all food sales during the 6-9 p.m. fundraiser will go towards Cotton’s campaign, event organizers said.



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