Democrats should stick with Rep. Carl Rollins in District 56.
His Democratic challenger, Jerry L. Atwood, an affable part-time farmer and retired auto salesman from Midway, seems to be making his second run for the legislature more because he enjoys interacting with people during a campaign than because of any complaints he has about Rollins' performance in Frankfort.
Rollins, who is seeking his fourth term, has one of the most important roles in the legislature as chairman of the House Education Committee.
He does a commendable job of seeking common ground with the Senate and Republicans while defending the interests of public education.
This year Rollins sponsored a bill that will create a process enabling districts and public schools to be freed from some state regulations to pursue innovations, including those touted by charter schools, but without cherry-picking students, as Rollins says charter schools do.
In the next two years he wants to push for a uniform statewide teacher evaluation system that would include some measure of student performance.
Rollins has been a champion of underdogs, going up against the powerful nursing home industry to sponsor legislation that would increase staffing and require better employee background checks at nursing homes.
He's also sponsored legislation to protect the developmentally disabled.
Rollins has a good grasp of how government can be a force for improving the lives of Kentuckians and a steady, practical approach to achieving that goal.
The winner of the May 22 primary will face Republican Douglass Jones in November. Democrats in District 56, which includes Woodford and parts of Fayette and Franklin counties, should make Rollins their standard bearer.
The unendorsed candidate may submit a 250-word response by noon Friday.