PRESTONSBURG – Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) hosted a forum for candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate on Sunday. The forum was the product of Dr. Thomas Matijasic, professor of history at BSCTC.
“The forum will allow eastern Kentuckians the opportunity to listen to candidates and their respective platforms as it relates to the issues affecting them,” said Matijasic.
Candidates participating in the event were: Grant Short, President/Founder of Kentucky Center for Public Policy. Sellus Wilder, a filmmaker, farmer, and former City Commissioner and Mayor Pro Tem of Frankfort. Thomas Recktenwald, a military veteran who has made several trips working in the hills of eastern Kentucky to help with home repair for those in need. Rory Houlihan, has worked in retail for 17 years and believes his knowledge of domestic retail systems will give him insight to make informed decisions. Jeff Kender, a Phelps native is a graduate from Morehead State University and a member of the United Steelworkers. Ron Leach, a former Green Beret medic and political reformer. Lexington Mayor Jim Gray was unable to attend.
Candidates had the opportunity to answer questions from a panel of journalist. Each journalist asked two questions to the panel of candidates. Each candidate had the opportunity to answer the questions and give a summary of their political platform.
“I am running for the United States Senate to give the people of Kentucky a voice in their government and a Senator who is going to focus on them for a change,” said Ron Leach, U.S. Senate candidate.
” Eastern Kentucky is struggling with the loss of coal jobs. It is more important now than ever for citizens of Kentucky to be informed and know who we are putting in offices to represent us. It is obvious from the past we need new representation in Washington. Kentucky needs someone who will fight for the working class citizens. I’m here as a concerned citizen to get to know the candidates running for U.S. Senate and will represent me and my family in Washington,” said Willard Conn of Prestonsburg.
Over 100 concerned citizens came out to listen to each candidate explain why they should be Kentucky’s next U.S. Senator.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at 606-794-0290.