Cody Tatum wants to add magistrate to his public service
By Jim Turner

Posted on October 29, 2018 7:09 PM


Cody Tatum has very little idle time. He wants to be active. He’s a firefighter and EMT with two different fire departments. He’s a manager, a college student, a husband, a father, a member of the Logan County Fair Board, a church leader, and more.

He’s willing to add to his duties significantly by becoming an elected public official. Tatum is the Republican nominee for the magistrate for the Sixth District on Logan Fiscal Court. That area includes a large portion of Russellville and the western side of the Auburn School District.

“I like being involved in public service,” he says. “One day I asked my wife, ‘What if I run for magistrate?’ She told me to go for it.”

Cody’s wife is the former Brittney Rippy, a graduate of Logan County High School. Her dad, Chris Rippy, manages the bus garage for the Logan County Schools. They have two sons, Kanan, 5, and Kameron, 2.

A graduate of Clarksville High School, Cody Tatum has lived in Logan County since 2009. These are some of the roles he has filled while here:

*He worked for Hutson Ag in Russellville from 2008 until this year. He was in the Parts Department throughout that time, but advanced to Store Lead—a position formerly known as Store Manager—in the process.

*He left the John Deere dealership this year to become controller of Martin Industries—an ag equipment manufacturing facility in Elkton.

*His qualification for that position in addition to his ag management experience is that he is in the last six weeks of completing a Bachelor of Science in Finance degree from Western Kentucky University. He will graduate in December.

*He also became an Emergency Medical Technician while studying at WKU. He serves as an EMT and a volunteer fire fighter for both the Russellville City Fire Department and the Auburn Rural Fire Department.

*He has served on the Logan County Fair Board the last two years during a time that the fair has shown great improvement.

*He is a trustee of Post Oak Baptist Church where he controls the sound system and plays the drum in the congregation’s praise band.

During his campaigning, Tatum says he has met people in the Sixth District who would like to have more contact with their magistrate. “Citizens’ voices deserve to be heard. I want them to contact me with their concerns,” Tatum says.

He says one of his biggest concerns is school safety. He wants to see county funds allocated to increase the presence of law officers in the local school systems.

Cody Tatum’s campaign slogan: “Please allow my family to serve yours.”

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