Drury wants to be first female judge-executive

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Broadband access, economic development top campaign platform

By Ben Carlson

Edwinna Baker became the city’s first female mayor two years ago, and now a woman is gunning to become the county’s first female judge-executive.

Donna Drury confirmed Monday afternoon that she is running as a non-registered independent for judge-executive when the election is held next November.

“Yes, I am,” she said. “I sent out letters to my friends and family telling them that I’m running, and joked that Anderson County might not be ready for a woman to be judge, but maybe it’s time.”

Drury said she is a former Democrat, but is now a member of the Independent Party.

“I joined the Independent Party, but they don’t have an actual party in the state,” she said. “They approached me about forming one, but that’s not what I wanted to do. I want to run as an independent person.

“I don’t believe in political parties, that’s why I didn’t try to get support from the Democrat or Republican parties.”

Drury recently retired after 28 years in state government and now works for a non-profit agency called Connect Kentucky with the goal of the entire state having broadband Internet access.

She said Anderson County is sorely behind in broadband access, and that’s one of her goals if she were to be elected judge-executive.

“To me, technology is very important,” she said. “A lot of counties have done this. Washington County has provided broadband to every citizen, but Anderson County is so far behind.”

Drury said broadband is a key factor in developing and attracting businesses, both large and small.

“Some counties, even those in remote areas, are successful because they have broadband access,” she said. “There are people who run successful businesses from their homes with this because you can do so much with broadband.

“We are not where we need to be for the future.”

Another of Drury’s goals she said is to have the public much more involved in county government.

“A lot of people don’t even bother to go to the county’s twice-monthly meetings,” she said. “Every citizen, regardless of age, needs to have a voice and be involved.”

Drury said she plans to hold a series of meetings with the public during her campaign and will create a website where people can contact her.

“It’s their government, and the emphasis is to get more input from citizens,” she said. “That’s the way I feel.”

E-mail Ben Carlson at bcarlson@theandersonnews.com.