Jeffrey Brent Traughber
40, Old Allensville Road, Elkton, Kentucky
How long have you lived in the community?
Whole life (except for law school and 4 yrs after when I lived and worked in Bowling Green)
What organizations are you involved with, including how long and roles?
List civic groups, charities, churches, etc... and any leadership roles you've served (i.e. Salvation Army board member from 2003-present - treasurer, past-president).
Elkton Rotary Club from 2010-present, past president; Elkton-Todd County Recreation Commission from 2012-present; member Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church in Allegre, KY; board member Green River Academy;
Tell us about your professional experience.
Associate attorney with Broderick & Associates in Bowling Green, 2004-2008; Associate attorney of Kenneth E. Dillingham Law Office, 2008-2010; Partner at Dillingham & Traughber, Attorneys at Law, 2011-present; Elkton City Attorney, 2012-present; Guthrie City Attorney, 2012-present; Trenton City Attorney, 2013-present.
Tell us about your education.
Include dates when any degrees or training/certifications were completed.
1996 graduate of Todd County Central High School; 2000 graduate of Western Kentucky University (government major, criminology minor); 2004 graduate of Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville
What do you consider your greatest accomplishments?
On a personal level, I'm most proud of my time spent mentoring and coaching children through the Elkton-Todd County park. On the professional level, I'm most proud of how accessible that I am and that I strive to be to my clients and members of my community.
What are the two biggest problems facing the community/county?
1) Our biggest problem, remains illegal substance abuse and the crimes that are related to illegal substances such as theft and assaults. I plan to address this by seeking harsher sentences for repeat offenders, and by insisting upon active employment as a condition of probation for first time offenders.
2) Another problem facing our county, are delinquent taxes. I plan to be more proactive in enforcing the obligations that we all share as members of this community.
What are your biggest campaign issues/goals?
1) The litigation involving the Todd County airport. I fully believe that the litigation involving the local airport could have been avoided by better research and dialogue prior to the initiation of a lawsuit. This litigation has cost Todd Countians thousands of dollars and I cannot see that any benefit will ever be seen by Todd County as a result.
2) I would also like to explore ways to save our law enforcement officers from needless court appearances. Currently, our officers are called to court every time a case of theirs' is on the docket whether their appearance is necessary or not. An officer who has worked a midnight shift should not have to come to court just to find that his/her appearance wasn't necessary.
Why should someone vote for you?
Vote for me because I love this community and I returned to Todd County to raise my family. I am determined to do all that I can to make this a community that our children will one day also want to return to in order to raise their own children.