Peak vies for county judge-executive

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Dean Peak has announced his candidacy for the office of Harrison County Judge-Executive.

A lifelong native of Cynthiana, Peak was born to Roy Jr. and Ann Bowman Peak on Jan. 8, 1951. After graduating from Harrison County High School, the younger Peak attended the University of Kentucky. He is a Vietnam War Veteran, having served four years in the U.S. Naval Submarine Force.

Peak then returned to manage the family farm and work with his father and brother in the community tobacco warehouse of Pepper, Peak & Florence.

He has two brothers: John Roy Peak III (Lorraine) and Andy Peak (Betty Faye), both of Harrison County; two sisters, the late Kathryn Peak Mattox (Larry) of Harrison County, and Marilyn Peak Swinford (the late Greg Swinford) of Lexington.

Peak also served on the Federal Board of the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 1992 until 1998, when he began his first of two consecutive terms as Harrison County Judge-Executive.

Between 1998 and 2006, Peak and the fiscal court completed many projects that pushed Harrison County into a new era of opportunity. 

Peak said they acquired over $14,000,000 toward the growth of Harrison County, including:

•Establishment of the E-911 System (made fully operational by telephone user fees only) $1,800,000.

•Construction of the new Justice Center (100 percent funded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky with no debt to the county) $6,075,000, plus reimbursement of $694,309 in initial expenses.

•Industrial Park road infrastructure - $1,000,000 grant.

•Concession stand/restroom building and walking trails at the new recreation park (later named Flat Run Veteran’s Park - $110,000 grant.

•Safety Way road extension - $558,000 grant.

•Construction of the new Health Department - $500,000 grant.

•Phase 9b Water Line extension for additional county water lines - $486,000 grant.

Peak is a lifetime member of the Cynthiana Baptist Church, a member of the Cynthiana-Harrison Co. Chamber of Commerce since 1974, and a member of the Cynthiana Elks Lodge.

Peak and his wife, Debbie, reside on the family farm in Poindexter. He has two children from his first marriage, Jason Peak and Kelly Peak Reed, and one granddaughter, Caidence Peak. 

He has three step-children, Christy (Bucky) Hall, Allen (Becky) Martin and Jason Martin; and five step grandchildren: Austin and Allison Wade, and Kyle, Kaiti and Danielle Martin.

“It would be my honor to again serve the people of Harrison County as your County Judge-Executive,” Peak said. “It is my goal to expand and complete the Flat Run Veterans Park with the help of the City of Cynthiana and other business entities. I will aggressively work with the Economic Development Authority to locate new industries in the Industrial Park. 

 “My ability to keep open lines of communications with various state and federal offices has been, and will be again, extremely beneficial to our community in seeking funds for projects that will benefit the growth of Harrison County. The qualities of leadership I have shown make me an excellent candidate to again serve as the Harrison County Judge-Executive, and I would truly appreciate your support.”