However, he was able to point out the general importance of being able to verify the signatures on it — which could come from voters all over Pulaski County, “and Somerset is in Pulaski County,” he said — and signers to know exactly what they’re putting their name on.
“I would want to take a look at the petition and see if it meets the statutory requirements, but I haven’t been asked to look at the petition,” said Hatfield. “Number one, you’d want to make sure the petition meets statutory requirements. After that’s been done and it’s been turned in, number two, you’d want to verify all the signatures and make sure they’re all legal.”
One thing the petition, as written, doesn’t do is specify exactly what people would be voting for to be sold. During the petition drive for Somerset to go “wet” last year, Progress Somerset founder Dave Weddle noted that it was important to state on the petition exactly what citizens would be voting for on the ballot.
While Lockard’s petition just mentions “the sale of alcohol,” Lockard himself says that what he’s envisioning is merely beer and malt beverage sales in stores, much as Somerset has had since last September in grocery and convenience retailers, as opposed to liquor stores.
“I just think it should be beer and wine coolers, things of that nature,” he said. “No spirits.”
Lockard, who is retired from a career in corporate management (he declined to say which company he had worked for), said he and a “group” of others decided to start the petition drive to provide more purchasing options for those living outside of the Somerset city limits.
“A number of people had approached me, talking about living way out in the county and driving to Somerset to purchase a six-pack of beer or something of that nature,” said Lockard. “One thing led to another, and we thought we’d do it (the petition drive) for the county.”