Op-Ed

Ken Kearns: Right experience, knowledge

Ken Kearns is a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 79th District.
Ken Kearns is a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 79th District.

The difference between knowledge and wisdom is experience. Thus, knowledge teaches a tomato is a fruit, but it requires wisdom to not use tomato in a fruit salad.

Experience prompted me to be a candidate for the Republican nomination for the 79th District — experience with the Legislative Research Commission and as a staff assistant to U.S. Rep. Larry Hopkins.

Kentucky's position in education, employment and energy could be leading the region. Relative to other states, Kentucky is not offering the opportunity in a more competitive world.

Looking at Fayette County, the census reveals a growth of 1 percent. Yet Madison County was 1.7 percent; Jessamine, 2.3 percent; and Scott, 3.5 percent. Are local policies driving away the tax base?

I see the current representative voting for unconstitutional redistricting and the governor signing an unconstitutional bill. Even a veteran reporter called the shenanigans "business as usual."

Being a representative is like being a detective — the need to look for answers like charter schools, paycheck protection and the most affordable energy: coal, natural gas and, when appropriate, new technologies.

University of Kentucky basketball's return to prominence was powered by new talent from Chicago, Portland, Indianapolis and New York. As a sales trainer, I traveled to 26 states in a year. Experience from the road and from state and federal public service allows me to bring a fresh perspective.

As the saying goes, "A new broom sweeps clean." Combined with the knowledge and experience, Ken Kearns would make the better choice.

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