In the 2010 general election, Richard Marrs received 41 percent of the vote against Ruth Ann Palumbo, one of the most-entrenched incumbents and skilled lawmakers in Frankfort.
Republicans in the 76th District — which covers the eastern part of Fayette County and includes older neighborhoods just east and north of downtown — should consider supporting him for his second run.
His overarching message of fiscal responsibility on pensions, budgeting and managing health care is certainly relevant to the challenges facing the state and worthy of debate before the November election.
A Lexington native who runs his own advertising agency, Marrs is married with four children, ages 6 to 12. He ran for the 5th District council seat in 2008.
Conservative on social issues, he is focused more on redoing the tax structure, pushing for the University of Kentucky to have its own bonding authority and making the state more economically competitive. Especially appealing is his vow to push for more transparency in government operations and legislative decision-making,
His primary opponent is Lavinia Theodoli Spirito, a Lexington lawyer who has outraised him in campaign funds, a lot of it from connections in the horse industry.
She said she got in the race out of frustration with an abandoned, neglected house that Palumbo owns in her neighborhood.
Although Spirito impresses as smart and capable of being a quick study, she struggles to articulate clear priorities and shows a lot of uncertainty about her stands on issues.
Richard Marrs' tenacity and priorities give him the edge in this race.
The unendorsed candidate may submit a 250-word response by noon Monday.