Last week, Marshall County Commissioner Kevin Spraggs announced his bid for the county judge-executive seat, setting the stage for next year’s election.

While Spraggs wasn’t ready to divulge his campaign platform, he emphasized that accessibility to Marshall County’s residents would be one of his key foundations if he’s elected judge-executive next year.

“I want to be accessible. I will be accessible. I’ve been accessible as commissioner; my phone number is widely published. People should be able to come into a judge’s office and talk to them about their issues, or county issues, or whatever. Accessibility is huge to me,” Spraggs said.

He also wants to immediately form good working relationships with city, county and state leaders, as well as create a “good working atmosphere for everyone.”

Throughout his first term as commissioner of District 2, Spraggs was often at odds with the current judge-executive, Kevin Neal, and disagreed with him on a variety of issues. Some of those issues, like school resource officers and non-profits, have turned into Spraggs’ biggest motivators for running, as he feels they should never have to be fought for.

The Tribune Courier has reached out to Neal for comment. It is unclear whether he intends to run for re-election.

As a seasoned businessman, Spraggs feels he has an advantage over Neal, having garnered 25 years worth of experience in negotiating with people in things like real estate, and wants to make that another key part of his campaign.

In his capacity as commissioner, he routinely takes calls from Marshall County residents about their concerns, wants, needs and suggestions, and feels it’s important that their input is heard and seriously considered.

Leading up to his announcement last week, Spraggs said he knew he was going to eventually make a bid for the judge-executive seat, but after several people reached out to him to go ahead and make the announcement, he decided to get a jump on it.

“It’s been overwhelming. I’ve received an overwhelming amount of support. I had a lot of support and encouragement to do so before I even made the decision 100%,” he said.

Spraggs told WPSD Local 6 last week that he “considers himself a conservative who wants to focus on the best interests of the county.”