The McCreary County Record


February 12, 2014


   The race for Mitch McConnell’s seat in the U.S. Senate has garnered national attention. While most media reports focus on three candidates, including the incumbent, there are actually nine in the race.

    At press time, the Record had received only four survey responses, edited slightly for space.

    Shawna Sterling of Sharpsburg, a Republican candidate, was certified as a pastor in 1998 and is currently a music minister in Owingsville.

    Brad Copas of Lexington is also running for the Republican nomination. Raised in rural Monroe County, Copas is a 23-year military veteran who has worked in two U.S. Embassies as well as the Pentagon.

    Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is running for the Democrat nomination. The Lexington attorney became involved in public service at an early age. Her state office has established a one-stop business portal and championed voting rights laws.

    Matt Bevin of Louisville is seeking the Republican nomination. A married father of nine, he is a small business owner and veteran of the United States Army.

What are your priorities for the country?

    STERLING: Our country needs to get out of debt as soon as possible. We need to close our borders, so that we can better protect our citizens and give our current citizens the best opportunities and jobs, our nation has to offer.

    Our families need to be able to work and make a living. Our children should not have to worry about not having money for food, or clothes for school, or having the money to stay warm in the winters. I will work to limit the federal governments involvement in the every day lives of Kentucky citizens, so that United States citizens can feel free in their country and enjoy their lives and the raising of their families.

    I want every family in American to learn how to grow food from heirloom seeds, so that they can establish a food growing culture and tradition for their families. Our families need to know how to grow healthy foods for fresh eating, canning, and seed saving. We need to grow more independent as individuals, family units, communities in our states and as states in our nation, so that we will not be stuck in a cycle of poverty dependent on the federal government.

    COPAS: Promote our way of life by championing rural Kentucky. Breaking the grip the government has on our lives and working to provide careers for our kinfolk here in Kentucky.  Defending the Constitution as I have for the past 23 years.

    GRIMES: Washington is not working for Kentucky. It’s time to put politics aside, and do what’s right for the hardworking, middle-class families across the Commonwealth.

    Unemployment, under-employment and economic hardship have plagued the state of Kentucky for far too long. This is unacceptable. Kentucky families deserve better: good jobs and a good quality of life.

    As Kentucky’s next U.S. Senator, my top priority will be putting Kentuckians back to work and fighting to help the Commonwealth successfully compete in the global marketplace.

    We can grow our economy by: taking full advantage of the natural resources and people we have; expanding science, math, and computer education; investing in our infrastructure; and diversifying our economy to attract more businesses.

    There is not one silver bullet that will address all of Kentucky’s economic needs. It will take a multipronged approach: doing the right things with proper investment for a sufficient amount of time.

    BEVIN: Repealing Obamacare; Cutting the debt that is crippling our country; Cutting taxes; Eliminating harmful regulations from unelected bureaucrats at agencies like the EPA; Balancing the federal budget; Any and all of the above would help the private sector employers to create more well-paying jobs


What issues do you feel are most important for Kentuckians?

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The McCreary County 911 Dispatch Center is shown here in June 2012. The department could soon move into the neighboring EMS building.

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