BARREN COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) -- Barren County Magistrate Chris Steward is adding his name to the mix to become the next Barren County Judge-Executive.
He said his number one priority is bringing jobs to the county.
"We have the infrastructure, we have the land. We have the work force, and I think economic development is a passion of mine," said Barren County Judge-Executive Candidate Chris Steward.
Steward joins five other candidates in the race, but will not have to face current Judge-Executive Davie Greer, who officially told WBKO Monday, she won't seek re-election.
"I just feel like at this time in my life that I want to spend more time with my family. They don't want me to run either, so that's mostly the reason," said Barren County Judge-Executive Davie Greer.
Steward certainly has not shied away from the spotlight.
As a magistrate he was out in front of an investigation of the jail.
"When I think that there is something going on that I think is corrupt, or I think that is inappropriate, or I think the taxpayers' dollars are being wasted, then I will be contentious and I will be somewhat controversial."
However, Steward does think he could have handled it better.
"I think I owe some apologies to some people in which I voiced my opinion, perhaps I wasn't as diplomatic as I should have been in certain areas," said Steward.
WBKO asked, who are some of those people?
"Jailer Mutter, Judge Greer and others, I'm sure I could have worked with them better. I'm sure they could have worked with me better," said Steward.
Steward announced recently but he said he will officially file Tuesday.
None of the other candidates in the race are current Magistrates, but the list includes democrats Brian Scott Taylor and W.R. Bud Tarry. Republicans in the race include David Honeycutt, Don "Goose" Gossett and Rob Strickland.