Joe Imel, a longtime resident of Warren County and more importantly the 4th District, came to Western Kentucky University in 1984 after graduating from Fort Knox High School. He is the son of a career military officer, who later lost his life in service of our county. Joe lived on military bases all over the country and overseas before settling in Warren County and the 4th District to raise a family more than 37 years ago.
He's in his 30th year at the Daily News serving as general manager of News Publishing and News Television. Imel, an award-winning photojournalist, also owns a small business providing photography and video for local, regional and national clients. He is also well known in the community for his Twitter account @joeimel that keeps more than 56,000 followers up to date on local news and happenings in and around the city and county.
“For the past 30 years I have traveled the backroads and thoroughfares of Warren County, documenting the wonderful stories of a tough, innovative and creative people. Through my camera lens, I have photographed the best people in the best county in Kentucky,” said Imel. “I’m running to be the next 4th District Magistrate in Warren County to help make this an even better place to live, work and raise a family. My goal is to make fiscal court work better and more efficiently for those who expect local government to be a help instead of being a hindrance .”
“Warren County is growing exponentially and we need to invest in our law enforcement, volunteer firefighters and first responders at the same time we address family housing, infrastructure such as roads, bridges and economic development,” added Imel. “I plan to make public safety and manageable county growth a top priority. I pride myself on my work ethic and ability to get things done. I will reach out to stakeholders in the city, in all county departments and anyone who is part of the engine that drives our local economy. In short, we will get things done.”
Joe, a life long Republican, serves as a precinct chairman for the Warren County Republican Party.
His wife, Tracy, is the bookkeeper at Bowling Green High School and his son Zach, 27, works for the Republican Party in Washington, D.C. as Regional Data and Analytics Director for the Republican National Committee.
Joe and Tracy are members of St. Joseph Catholic Church.