Woah, the Herald-Leader endorsed John-Mark Hack in the 56th District Special Election:
Ideas and experience make John-Mark Hack the best choice by far in Tuesday’s special election to fill the 56th District House seat.
Hack, a registered Independent, proposes some incisive reforms to make the legislature more accountable. His deep knowledge of agriculture and the local food industry would be an asset to this farming district and small-farm state. And his diverse work history — in government and the private sector as a partner in a rural business start-up — would also be assets.
The other candidates, Republican Lyen Crews, a CPA who lost a close race for the seat in 2010, and Democrat James Kay, an attorney and local party activist, are likable and seem sincere, despite the substanceless attacks they and their supporters are hurling at the others.
Kay and Crews are offering up their parties’ standard fare. But their insights are shallow and uninformed compared with Hack’s.
But only Hack, who opposes allowing slot machines because of their addictive qualities, has a practical plan for boosting purses at Kentucky race tracks to compete with those subsidized by slots in other states.
Kay supports expanded gambling and wants to see the stalled issue revived, but offers no ideas about how to jump-start it.
Neither Crews nor Kay has a plan for moving the issue off the dime, while Hack offers a practical solution for helping an iconic industry compete.
Hack also is better informed on strictly local issues, such as how to re-route heavy truck traffic around downtown Versailles.
Seems like it was yesterday (wait a minute, it was!) that Chad Aull and crew were boasting that they would receive the endorsement. Now they’re angry as all get out. Crews’ folks, to his credit, have been cordial about the endorsement as I’ve spoken with them.
Interesting how that works.
Looks like Hack will be taking away quite a few Democratic votes. Maybe those defamatory mail pieces pushed out by Kay’s campaign aren’t working as well as they thought they would.