Carney running for MissCo judge

Thursday, September 3, 2009
Randy Carney

Blytheville native and business owner Randy Carney announces his intention to seek election as Mississippi County Judge in 2010.

Carney, 49, owns Carney Funeral Home of Blytheville, with his father, Tommy Carney.

Longtime County Judge Steve McGuire has said that he does not intend to seek election to another term in office.

Carney has been in funeral service and funeral home management for 30 years. Having previously been the CEO of a multi-million dollar company for several years, Carney feels he has the management experience necessary to be county judge.

Among the issues that concern Carney are the county's two hospitals and jail fees.

As to the hospitals, Carney thinks that all options should be considered before a decision is made.

Regarding the jail-fee situation, Carney feels that the current power struggle between the quorum court and the City of Blytheville is divisive.

"We need to get past that power struggle and work together," he said.

The candidate is also very involved in the community. He previously served Mississippi County as coroner and held a seat on the Osceola School Board. He now serves on the Board of Directors of the Osceola Rotary Club and is a Paul Harris Fellow. He also serves on the Blytheville Kiwanis Club Board of Directors and is president-elect of that organization.

Carney and his wife, Lana, live in Osceola with their two sons, David, 8, and Luke, 4 and are active members of the First Baptist Church in Osceola. Carney also has a daughter, Amanda, who is married and lives in Memphis.

Lana Carney is a first grade teacher in the Osceola Public Schools.

One of Carney's main goals as county judge is to help facilitate positive change in the county.

"I want to move toward a 'oneness' in the county and would like for the mayors and county judge to work together for the good of the county," Carney said.

"We have to start thinking as a regional unit," Carney said. "The whole county is one region. What's good for Osceola is good for Blytheville and vice versa.

"Unity is the key. We can get so much more accomplished together than we can separately."

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