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Meet the Candidates: Joe Barnes, incumbent candidate for Third District Magistrate

In 2022 Primary Election, Meet the Candidates by OC Monitor Staff

Joe Barnes, incumbent candidate for Third District Magistrate and his family.

To the residents of Ohio County, my name is Joe Barnes, the Democratic incumbent candidate for magistrate of Ohio County’s Third District. I have served as your Third district magistrate for the last eight years.

As your magistrate, I have worked hard on meeting the needs of our communities while balancing the cost so that we can keep taxes down. I believe that we need to look at every option for our county before we make decisions. I think it is very important that decisions the court makes need to be what’s best for our county long term and not just what’s best for the next four years.

I am a 2001 graduate of Ohio County High School and have obtained Associates of Arts and Applied Science degrees from Owensboro Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography with an emphasis in GIS and a minor in Surveying from Western Kentucky University, Road Masters, and Road Scholars degrees from University of Kentucky.

I live on Chiggerville Lane with my wife, Carrie, an employee at the Ohio County Hospital, and our daughter, Chloe, a freshman at Ohio County High School.

I have worked in the career of surveying and engineering for the past 18 years, during which I was employed by Biggerstaff and Ward in Hartford, Associated Engineers in Madisonville and the local Coal mines in the engineering department.

I feel that my background in engineering and surveying has given me the experience and knowledge that I can rely on for your county road issues, as well as other county concerns.

If given the opportunity, I will be proud to continue to serve and represent the people of the Third District and Ohio County.

I would appreciate your vote on May 17. Thank you!