In just his second term in the state House, 56th District Rep. Carl Rollins was chosen by Democratic leaders to chair the important Education Committee.
In that capacity, he was instrumental in 2009 in working out the final language of legislation that revised the Kentucky Education Reform Act and eliminated the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System (CATS).
As chairman of the committee, Rollins also successfully pushed legislation relating to the transfer of college credits, improving the performance of persistently low-achieving schools and improving the financial stability of the Kentucky Teachers Retirement.
Rollins' interest in education flows naturally from his day job, which involves marketing for the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority.
But Rollins' legislative passions are not limited to education. For instance, he has been a consistent advocate for the kind of nursing home reforms Kentucky has long needed but still does not have.
Rollins' Republican opponent, Lyen Crews, would also bring education experience to the House by virtue of his years of serving as the chief financial officer for Midway College.
But Rollins is the proven quantity in this race.
His demonstrated ability, record of legislative achievement and rapid rise to a position of leadership in the House have earned him another term representing the 56th District, which includes Woodford County and portions of Fayette and Franklin counties.
The unendorsed candidate may submit a 250-word response by noon Monday.