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January 14, 2014

State Senate race heats up

Gregory challenged by Campbellsville professor

FRANKFORT — While most election talk has centered on county races, the state races have begun to heat up in the past week.

    With the Kentucky General Assembly convening last Tuesday, State Senator Sara Beth Gregory officially filed for re-election on Wednesday. Sen. Gregory serves the 16th Senate District comprised of Adair, Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Russell, Taylor and Wayne counties.

    Gregory was elected in December 2012 after then-Senate President David Williams resigned to become a Circuit Judge. She currently chairs the Government Contract Review Committee, the Budget Review Subcommittee on Justice and the Enrollment Committee. She also serves as the Vice-Chair of the Agriculture Committee and is a member of the Appropriations and Revenue Committee, the Administrative Regulations Review Subcommittee and the Judiciary Committee.

    Prior to becoming Senator, the Monticello attorney served one term as State Representative for the 52nd District (McCreary and Wayne counties as well as a portion of Pulaski) and had been elected to serve another just prior to the Senate vacancy.

    Gregory earned both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Kentucky, where she graduated summa cum laude. She clerked for the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals before joining the Carroll & Turner law firm as an associate.

    Civically, Sen. Gregory serves on the Center for Rural Development board as well as the Republican Party of Kentucky Executive Committee.

    "Having the opportunity to serve this district and fight for the values of the people I represent is a true privilege,” she stated. “As a member of the Senate majority, I will continue to work to promote job creation, make government more accountable, fight against illegal drugs, protect the unborn, and uphold the Second Amendment right to bear arms."

    But Gregory won’t be the only conservative in the race.

    Yesterday at press time, Campbellsville University professor Max Wise filed for the Republican nomination.

    The Campbellsville native served as an Intelligence Analyst with the Federal Bureau of Investigations before returning to his native Campbellsville, where he now heads CU’s Political Science, International Studies and Homeland Security academic programs. Wise is also an adjunct professor at UK’s Patterson School of Diplomacy, where he teaches graduate courses in National Security and Intelligence Studies.

    The married father of four currently serves on the Taylor County Tourist Commission and co-directs an anti-cancer campaign. He previously chaired the Kentucky Christian Academy for four years.

    “The people of the 16th District deserve solid conservative leadership in Frankfort,” Wise stated. “I have been blessed to serve our nation and am uniquely positioned to provide the 16th District with the conservative leadership it deserves in Frankfort. I will not sit idly by as career politicians allow Obamacare to destroy jobs and tax our families. I am determined to fight against big government and make Kentucky a better place with more opportunity for future generations.”

    Kentucky’s 2014 Primary will be Tuesday, May 20. Candidates must file by 4 p.m. local time on Tuesday, January 28.

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