Voters have plenty of options for Burgin City Council
BURGIN — The city of Burgin in Mercer County has plenty of choices for city council members this election, with 12 candidates who appear on the ballot and some write-in options, as well.
The 12 candidates for Burgin City Council who appear on the ballot are:
• David Peavler, 47, is running for re-election. He said he has lived around the city of Burgin for 25 years and has been an official resident since 2001. He was worked in Burgin since 1991. He is a self-employed retired veteran and has served on several committees in Burgin over the years. He said he has also helped take care of the cemetery in Burgin.
• Joey Hardin, 57, is running for re-election. He did not respond to requests for an interview.
• Katrina Ann Sexton, 36, has lived in Burgin for 15 years. She is the director of the training resource center at Kentucky State University and a part-time professor at Eastern Kentucky University. She said she previously served as a member of city council for two years, from 2009-11.
• Sindicat “Sid” Dunn, 38, was born and raised in Burgin. He said he moved away for a while and has now been back in Burgin for seven years. He manages and cooks for Dunn’s BBQ and Catering. Two years ago, Dunn ran for the council and tied with Peavler for the sixth-most votes. He lost in a drawing for the winner.
• Jamie Keebortz, 42, has lived in Burgin for 30 years. He said he is a firefighter paramedic for the Lexington Fire Department.
• Kimberly Sapp, 29, moved to Burgin when she was 14 years old. She said she moved away and has been back now for six years. She is the senior coder for the Vascular Surgery Department at the University of Kentucky.
• Brandy Hoskins, 32, has lived in Burgin for a total of 10 years between childhood and when she moved back to the city. She said she currently works at Hitachi in Harrodsburg. She has also been involved with Mercer County schools and said she keeps up with what is going on in city hall.
• Colby Harper, 41, has lived in Burgin for 13 years. He said he currently works for the Lake Village Water Association and the Mercer County Sanitation District. He was also in the Airforce for 10 years.
• David Caldwell, 52, has lived in Burgin for 14 years and is a retired veteran. He said he is retired from the heating and cooling business.
• James Caldwell, 48, is a resident of Burgin. He has worked for 27 years as a police officer and was the Burgin Police Chief for 21 years. He said he is a father and a grandfather who is familiar with Burgin’s strengths and weaknesses.
• George Jones, 57, has lived in Burgin for 10 years. He said he is a Mercer County Deputy Jailer and a retired adult corrections officer. He said he was part of the SWAT team for 18 years.
• Fred Robinson, 44, has lived in Burgin for 13 years and is a currently an unemployed consultant. He said he has been a part of the coal mining business and is originally from Eastern Kentucky.
Write-in candidates include:
• Barbara Watts, 65, has lived in Burgin for a total 30 years. She said she moved away for a while and has been back in Burgin for two years now. She said she is a previous member of the city council and served for a total of four years. She is a retired nurse and was also the coordinator for the literacy program for five and a half years. She said she has also been involved in other departments and organizations in Burgin over the years.
• Mary Margaret Heaton, 72, has been back in Burgin for 11 years after living in Florida for 30 years. She said she served on city council for four years in the past. She is a retired caregiver for her mother after eight years.
IF YOU GO
A general election political candidate forum will be held on Thursday Nov. 3, at the Burgin High School gymnasium. It starts with an opportunity to meet the candidates at 6 p.m. and the forum goes live on WHBN at 7 p.m.
Sponsors are the Democratic and Republican Parties, Best Sound Around, Hometown Radio WHBN, and the Harrodsburg Herald.
The Forum will be broadcast live on WHBN and streamed on the worldwide web at www.hometownlive.net.