It was a night of spirited debate between the four men vying to be Hopkinsville’s next mayor at the League of Women Voters forum Tuesday evening.
Incumbent Republican Carter Hendricks, Democrat Jason McCraw and independents Wally Bryan and Walter Shamble squared off about many topics and rebuttals and responses were numerous.
Each candidate has different ideas about what style of leadership the city needs, with each having differing priorities. Hendricks says he wants to continue modernizing and improving Hopkinsville and says people need a mayor who is a positive advocate for the community.
McCraw says he would be a conservative leader and he wants to cut back on what he calls city overspending while not raising taxes.
Bryan says he wants to work on bringing more jobs to the city, help people learn how to own real estate and lower the city’s debt.
Shamble says lowering the poverty rate in Hopkinsville is a big priority for him and he wants to better utilize the industrial park and the income generated there.
Plans for investing in infrastructure, the insurance premium tax and the Hopkinsville-Christian County WINS initiative, revitalization downtown, economics, quality of life and public safety were just a few of the topics discussed at the debate.
Here the entire debate below: