Tribune-Courier News Editor
BENTON — The Benton City Council has a new member with the appointment of Josh Hendrickson to fill the seat of Glen Brewer.
Brewer resigned from the council when he moved outside of city limits.
Hendrickson was one of six candidates to run unopposed in next week’s election. He will serve the rest of Brewer’s term until the year’s end, then serve a full two-year term, said Benton Mayor Steve Cary.
Hendrickson described himself as a life-long resident of Marshall County and a graduate of Murray State University.
He has worked through the Walmart store in Mayfield rising to the rank of store manager. He owns The Essential Day Spa in Murray with his wife, and H&H Mini-Storage in Gilbertsville.
“I’m happily married and have a 15-month-old daughter,” Hendrickson said.
At age 29, Hendrickson said he hopes to bring a fresh, youthful perspective to the City Council.
“The Council has been made up of some great individuals who have done great things,” Hendrickson said. “Having Benton named as one of the best places in Kentucky to raise children is a great example. I’m not going to reinvent the wheel, but want to approach with a different perspective and apply my business background.”
Hendrickson, who ran as a Republican, added he hopes to represent not only his peers but all Benton residents.
“More people are staying in Marshall County than moving away,” Hendrickson said. “I want to represent them and their grandmothers.”
As the five remaining Council members are Democrats, Hendrickson took his appointment as a sign of harmony among the council.
“It’s a huge honor. I think it shows we can put politics aside and work together to accomplish everything we need to do,” Hendrickson said.
Cary praised Hendrickson for his energy and willingness to serve.
“I’ve known Josh since he was a kid and played on the team I coached with my sons,” Cary said. “I think he will be a very good addition to the Council.”