Gary Baker was the first candidate to file candidacy papers for the May 17 primary for District 4 magistrate on Hancock Fiscal Court. Baker is a Republican.
Baker filed on Nov. 3, the first day of the filing period. He is 42 years old, and said he has 22 years working for the betterment of Hancock County.
“I want to first say thank you to Larry Sosh and Freddy Stephens,” Baker said. “They are supporting me in running for magistrate and signed my paperwork to file.”
Baker has lived in District 4 his entire life. He is a 1998 graduate of Hancock County High School, and attended Western Kentucky University. He has worked for the Hancock County Conservation District for 21 years.
“I cannot imagine living anywhere else,” he said. “My neighbors may live in Pellville, Blackford Creek, Patesville, Dukes, Indian Creek, Easton, Roseville, Arrington Corner, Cabot or Boling Chapel. We are all friends, and always willing to help a neighbor out.”
Baker said he has worked on many different projects with the Fiscal Court, magistrates, and land owners within the county. Projects have included Road Department work on roads, bridges, culverts, and drainage issues.
“Some of these projects have had to be approved through the permit process with Division of Water and the Corps of Engineers,” Baker said. “We were able to get federal money to clean out creeks to help with drainage issues. Those funds were a big help to our county.”
The candidate was also on the committee to secure internet access in District 4, which is now known as Qwireless.
“It was great internet back then, but we need better internet in our county,” Baker said. The candidate has additional experience in preparing county, state and federal budgets.
Priorities for the candidate include improving South Hancock Park by upgrading the facility and updating playground equipment. He has been involved in the county’s recycling program and believes it has been effective in keeping the community clean.
Baker serves on the Hancock County Fair Board and the Extension Council Board. He is a supporter of the Hancock County Schools Backpack Program, and saying no child should have to go hungry.
“I have always wanted to be our magistrate because I enjoy working with everyone in our community,” he said. “When we all work together, we can make a difference in District 4. While I am out campaigning, anyone who has any ideas of how we can better our community, I’d love to hear your thoughts. My goal is to make our county a better place to live in now and for future generations. I would greatly appreciate your vote: Let’s make a difference fighting for Hancock County District 4.”
Baker is married to Cassey, a fifth grade teacher at South Hancock Elementary School. The couple has two children, Ben and Ryleigh. His parents are Ricky and Debbie Baker, and grandparents are Carlton and Elizabeth Harris. Mothers- and fathers-in-law are Travis and Tabbie Fentress, and Bear and Tracy Hubert. Aunts and uncles are Mark and Lisa Boling, Ray and Theresa Harris, and Wilma Harris.