Rep. Sannie Overly is one of the rising young stars of the Kentucky General Assembly.
Overly first came to the House as the winner of a special election for the 72nd District seat vacated when former Rep. Carolyn Belcher became Bath County judge-executive.
Just a few months later, at the start of her first full term, House leaders demonstrated their trust in her abilities by picking Overly to chair the Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation.
This placed her in position to play a lead role in crafting the $4.4 billion road plan and $5 billion Transportation Cabinet operating budget for the current biennium. A lawyer who also has an engineering degree, Overly proved adept at handling this complex task with aplomb.
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In addition to her work on transportation, Overly is also a thoughtful, productive contributor to such key panels as the Appropriations and Revenue Committee, the State Government Committee, the Banking and Insurance Committee and the Agriculture and Small Business Committee.
Overly's Republican opponent, Stephen West, did not respond to an interview request. He would have been hard-pressed to make a compelling case for replacing a star on the rise.
That's what voters in Bath, Bourbon and Nicholas counties and three Fayette County precincts in the 72nd District have in Rep. Sannie Overly. They should keep her.