Mayor David Cartmell
I have been Mayor of Maysville for three terms (nearly 12 years) and have always stressed the importance of preparing for the future while also preserving the best of our past. I must confess that I am sometimes surprised and gratified by the high level of participation of the average citizens in our town’s projects. Nearly everyone here has a link to the town’s past, which in turn makes them automatic stakeholders in our future successes.
Both my grandmother and mother were elected mayors of Maysville. Both were constant volunteers who believed the livability of the city was paramount. We shared an abiding passion for preserving the easygoing, friendly way of life in our home town, along with the historic significance and beauty of its homes and buildings.
The number and quality of preserved sites in Maysville helps it to maintain its heritage as a laid-back, friendly community that exudes a feeling of days gone by, even as the city has grown in population and economic muscle over the past decade.
This attitude has resulted in a relatively seamless coexistence between small town sensibilities and need for 21st Century growth.
I have always had a particular interest in the Kentucky Main Street and Renaissance programs, as well as the National Register of Historic Places. These programs have led to significant preservation efforts along with improvements to our downtown.
As a community, some of our proudest achievements are the restoration of the Washington Opera House as well as expansion of the Gateway Museum Center. An appropriate follow-up to these is the ongoing restoration of the Russell Theatre. Before her death, Rosemary Clooney lent her name and influence in generating interest for restoring the historic movie palace.
To underscore my ongoing commitment to the city, in June 2004 I successfully acquired the Newdigate Tavern, circa 1790, as a gift to the city from the family of Stanley F. Reed, a former Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court who once lived in Maysville.
We are a town built on transportation – flatboats in the 1700s, steamboats in the 1800s, and now modern railroads, barge lines, and airport have been added to our transportation inventory.
In addition to my civic commitments over the years, I have been involved in several businesses, including tobacco production, newspaper publishing, and tobacco sales. However, I feel there are more vistas yet to explore.