Two Republicans are competing for the chance to face long-term incumbent Susan Westrom for the 79th District seat in Fayette County.
Chris Logan, who has made two respectable but losing efforts to oust Urban County Councilwoman K.C. Crosbie from her seat, is running against Ken Kearns, who ran unsuccessfully for this same House seat in 1990.
The 79th, an oddly shaped district that winds more or less between Nicholasville and Richmond roads, is mostly north of Man o' War Boulevard and south of Lakewood Drive (a detailed map can be found at Lrc.ky.gov/gis/house%20simple/H079s.pdf.)
Logan is the stronger candidate to take on the Democratic incumbent. His two recent runs have given him both experience on the campaign trail and name recognition in the district. He's a likeable and energetic candidate.
Logan worked for several years as a financial planner until he left to pastor full-time at Highpoint Church. Kearns worked on the staff of U.S. Rep. Larry Hopkins and for the Legislative Research Commission in the 1980s and has since been in business.
Both Logan and Kearns professed conservative fiscal values and "business-friendly" policies. However, neither demonstrated an understanding of either state budgeting or business recruitment that went much beyond standard party-line talking points on these issues.
Whichever of these men emerges from the primary would do well to devote the summer to developing more informed and nuanced positions about some of the challenges facing the 79th district and Kentucky to give voters a clear choice in the fall.
The unendorsed candidate may submit a 250-word response by noon Monday.