My name is Darryl Baker. I am a Republican candidate for Magistrate
in the 5th District of Knox County. I have decided to run
for the office of Magistrate because I think I have the
ability to make more of a difference in Knox County than I
am happily married to Tonya Baker. I have two children
(legally step-children), Brandon & Paige. But since I have
been with them since ages 3 & 5, they are my children. I
have been blessed to have a great family. My mother and
father, Mary & Otis, have raised me to be respectful of
others. My sisters, Debi & Kaye, are about the best sisters
a middle child could ask for. It was nice to have smart
sisters to fight with as I grew up. And now that I'm older,
it's nice to have a great family to count on.
I believe in God! I am
a member of Poplar Grove Baptist Church. As a child of God,
I believe that everyone has a right to make their own
personal choice and have their own beliefs. That doesn't
mean I will always agree with them or that I might not try
to change their beliefs. That means I will always treat them
fairly and not judge others.
I own my own business.
I started a sign & graphics business, 4ever Graphics,
shortly after American Greetings closed and left many of us
out of work. In 2004 I became the Sole Proprietor of the
business that still fully supports my family.
Since 1986 I have been
volunteering my time as a firefighter at West Knox Volunteer
Fire Department. As a member of the fire department, I
served as President of the board of directors for several
years. I currently serve as the Chief of the fire
department. This position is an elected position. The
members of the fire department elect a Chief for a 5 year
term. I have held the position since 2009. Being a member of
West Knox has given me the satisfaction of helping many
people from our community. More than half of my life has
been spent being a volunteer firefighter. I would not trade
the experiences I have had there for almost anything.
I have also recently
become a volunteer for the American Red Cross. Through the
Red Cross the fire department is continuing our effort to
put a smoke detector in every home in our fire district. Our
program is called "Give a Beep". You can read more about it
In the effort to keep
the story of my life short, I will say this about myself.
I'm hard working and I don't have an ounce of quit in my
blood. I have a lot of ideas about making Knox County
better. I don't think my ideas are the only ideas. I think
the county would be better served by the ideas of the
citizens of the county instead of only the ideas of those
that hang out at the courthouse. So if you have different
ideas that you would like heard or if you would like to add
onto my ideas, Please feel free to contact me and share!
are some of the issues that I am aware of. If you
have other issues or thoughts on these, contact me
at the number (call or text) or email above.
|Jobs - We need to work toward bringing jobs
to our area that have wages you can support a family
Occupational Tax - A solution to the
occupational tax issue between Knox County and the
City of Corbin must be found.
- The county needs to be out of the hospital
business. Taxpayers do not need to be paying for a
hospital. The hospital should be self sufficient and paying
its fair share of taxes.
|Emergency Services (Police, Fire, EMS)
Our core emergency services must be supported financially.
I've heard people complain because they had to wait on law
enforcement or an ambulance. And they have the right to
expect quick service from both. However, if they are only
given the funding to have a skeleton crew, we can't expect
more than we pay for.
|Jail - This is
one area that seems to be heading in the right direction. A
new jail will be very beneficial to the county. I do have a
new idea to share with Jailer Hammons that I think will
benefit the whole county. And I will share that with her,
win or lose.
- Continues to be a problem. Despite the efforts of
Unite and law enforcement the problem continues. I
think the county needs to become more involved in
the school systems to reach our children and change
- This office needs to be more readily available. It
also needs to be expanded to address more issues
than just cats or dogs. You ever come home and find
a snake in your house? Guess who gets the call to
come help? The fire department!
|Education - The
county needs to find ways to become more involved in the
betterment of our school systems. WE, as a community, need
to become more involved!