Jim Anderson Stivers filed this week to run in the May 2014 Democratic primary for Franklin County judge-executive.
In a statement, he wrote that since the early 1800s there’s been a Stivers serving in business or public office in Frankfort. He stated volunteers are needed for his campaign.
Stivers said he favors consolidating city and county governments.
“When adequately informed, I will spend my final days/months working with the Fiscal Court members and citizen groups to advance consolidation of a metro type government,” Stivers wrote. “If you want to see change, I am the candidate to vote for in May.”
Voters last rejected a merger in 2004.
Stivers wrote he’s “the only Democrat with professional training in successful community and job development,” and that he worked for the Kentucky Economic Development Cabinet for 20 years.
He held the position of project manager, where he showed industrial sites across the state to national and international clients. He was project manager for 11 manufacturing facilities in Shelby County, and his largest location was The Budd Co. in Shelbyville.
Stivers’ release states he is also a retired entrepreneur and inventor who created the Bearings Alert System, a microprocessor technology for monitoring heat in boat trailers. He retired from Economic Development to develop a prototype at the University of Kentucky’s College of Engineering.
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