Hornback to seek state senate seat vacated by Tapp

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By Lisa King

Shelby County agriculture leader Paul Hornback is seeking the state senate seat in District 20, which will be vacated by incumbent State Sen. Gary Tapp.

Tapp, a Republican from Shelbyville, announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election after serving 12 years in the district. In his announcement, he endorsed Hornback to be the  Republican nominee in 2010.

Hornback, 52, a political newcomer, is a lifelong resident of Shelby County and owner of Hornback Farms.

He is a former president of the Council for Burley Tobacco and has held leadership positions in Kentucky Farm Bureau, the Kentucky Farm Service Agency and the Shelby County Fair Board.

“Paul has the conservative values and leadership skills to represent us well, and I wholeheartedly endorse his candidacy,” Tapp said.

Hornback won a similar endorsement from state Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville). “I have known Paul for a very long time and have no doubt that he is very capable and would serve the 20th District well,” he said.

Hornback enters the race to represent Shelby, Spencer and Bullitt counties against David Glauber a property appraiser from Bullitt County. Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton is the only confirmed Democratic candidate.

Hornback says the time is right for his first political foray.

“I’m 52 years old, and I have had enough experience now in several areas to be able to serve the 20th District well,” he said.

A crowd of about 75 people turned out at the Shelby County Republican Party meeting last Thursday to hear him describe his political position and goals.

He said he supports traditional marriage and would uphold the rights of the unborn as a 100 percent pro-life legislator.

He said he is against raising taxes and supports economic growth to attract jobs and businesses to Kentucky. He stresses the need for lower health-care costs and quality education.

He said that, if elected, he would like to serve on committees for agriculture and small business and finance and the budget.

“That’s the root of what’s going on in our state, and it’s important to see where and how our money’s being spent,” he said.

He added that his legislative goals are simple, to improve the state’s economy and provide quality education for our children.

Hornback and his wife, Patricia, have been married for 32 years and have two daughters and three grandchildren.