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As a native of Bardstown, my ties to both candidates in the House race go back to our school days as teenagers. But I am also using my experience and observations over the past 30 years of my career in governmental financial management to make my choice in this race. While working as a liaison to the General Assembly, I had the opportunity to observe numerous committee meetings and general sessions of our legislators. I have also worked directly with Dick Heaton while he was a City Council member and I served as the City’s CFO. So my decision is based on actual experience with both candidates and my personal hope for our community.
Dick impressed me with his service on City Council, as Mayor, a wide variety of public projects, and as a local businessman. I remember Bardstown in the 1960’s and folks, we have come a very long way, thanks to the efforts of community leaders like Dick Heaton. Right now, our national economy is slip-sliding in and out of a recession. Middle America is struggling to find jobs, keep their homes, educate their kids, and navigate the shoals of our health care system. Dick understands these priorities. His priorities, “good jobs and common sense budgeting” are not just fluffy words for the campaign. He is dedicated to these goals and I have watched him work very hard over the past 11 years to keep those objectives front and center. Yes, 11 years, not just the last few months of a political campaign. And that’s only since I returned to Bardstown. It is very clear from his record here in Nelson County that Dick has spent the last 40 plus years working on these goals. From Conway Heaton to Sykes, Flower Foods and Guthrie Opportunity Center, Dick has demonstrated that he can deliver jobs to our community. From his business to the City’s budget to the Stephen Foster Drama, he is obviously committed to budgets that get the job done.
The General Assembly needs more “doers” in the General Assembly. If you are concerned about results and you want someone who has been in the trenches working for us, please vote for Dick Heaton. He has already proved his commitment to “good jobs and common sense budgeting.”