Incumbent Fulton Mayor Dan Voegeli is seeking re-election in the Nov. 2 general election with a goal to continue to support and promote revitalization initiatives that have begun in recent years.
“There have been so many positive steps taken in the past two years, and especially in recent months, that it is important to keep that community-service spirit and momentum going,” Voegeli said. “It has been gratifying and exciting to see residents take charge of Fulton’s future and contribute money and time to a number of projects and programs.”
Voegeli cited as examples the “Let’s Paint the Town” project involving countless volunteers and spearheaded by Jeff Campbell, a Fulton native who has returned to the community; and the Four Rivers Scholarship Program initiative, founded by Robbie Rudolph, another Fulton native, and his wife, Lisa, who now reside in Murray, Ky.
In addition to helping organize and carry out the painting project, Voegeli and local residents have initiated a local food pantry. He and members of the Fulton City Commission have also worked to promote downtown retail development, the elimination of blighted areas in the community, reductions in natural gas rates, re-establishment of a Neighborhood Watch Program and the development of two downtown “green spaces.”
Since his election as mayor two years ago, Voegeli was named as a member of the Kentucky League of Cities Board of Directors, an association of 400 cities and municipalities across Kentucky. The KLC’s mission statement reads, “The Kentucky League of Cities serves as the united voice of cities by supporting community innovation, effective leadership and quality governance.”
Voegeli is believed to be the first elected official in Fulton’s history to serve on KLC’s board.
Voegeli is a licensed stockbroker, insurance agent and Registered Investment Advisor who practices in Fulton and the surrounding area. He served three terms on the Fulton Independent Board of Education, including several years as chairman and three terms as a Fulton city commissioner.
He also served on the board of directors of the Fulton Electric System, the Purchase Area Development District and served as chairman of the Fulton Hospital board of directors during the five-year period it was transitioning to become Parkway Regional Hospital. He is chair of the Fulton Economic Development Partnership and also chairs the Fulton County-Hickman County Economic Development Partnership.
He attended Murray (Ky.) State University majoring in business, completed courses with an emphasis on economics at the University of Tennessee at Martin and completed 10 semesters of course work in fields related to insurance and investments for individuals and businesses at the American College in Bryn Mawr, Pa.
Voegeli and his wife, Alice, have three grown daughters and seven grandchildren. He is a member of Fulton First United Methodist Church, where he chaired the board of trustees for 15 years, during which time a number of renovation and new construction projects were completed. He also recently chaired the Conference Board of Pensions for the Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church.
He is a longtime member of the Fulton Rotary Club, serving three terms as president.
Published in The Messenger 10.06.10