Voters in Scott County and eight precincts in Fayette County have elected Democrat Charlie Hoffman to represent the 62nd District in the state House for seven consecutive terms. There's no reason they should change that habit in 2010.
During his 14-year career, Hoffman has proven to be an able, effective lawmaker who has tackled a variety of issues.
He was a strong advocate for making failure to wear a seat belt a primary traffic offense. He successfully sponsored legislation correcting a flaw in the law that penalized fast-growing counties by causing them to lose part of their tax base.
He has championed farmland preservation, as well as preservation of the stone fences that are so much a part of the Central Kentucky landscape. And he sponsored several successful bills that help farmers market their produce and home-processed food.
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Hoffman's Republican opponent this year is Ryan Quarles, a very bright, articulate young man whose studies at the University of Kentucky and Harvard University have earned him multiple degrees, including a law degree.
Quarles, who has experience as the student member of the Council on Postsecondary Education, displays a sincere interest in public service and a good understanding of such issues as education and the need for tax reform.
But he also seems to be caught up in the Republican echo chamber that is trying to make every race on the ballot this year a referendum on what's happening in Washington.
This election isn't about Washington. It's about who will best serve the 62nd District's voters in Frankfort.
So, although we would encourage Quarles to continue to pursue his interest in politics and to find his own voice while doing so, Charlie Hoffman's seven-term record of achievement clearly makes him the better candidate in this race.
The unendorsed candidate may submit a 250-word response by noon Friday.