Three candidates will battle for the chance to have a seat in Kentucky’s Senate. Two of those candidates on the republican ticket are Wilson and Traughber. Tuesday’s election will narrow that down to just one, who will face the democrat in November’s General Election.
Mike Wilson has served as District 32’s Senator for eight consecutive years. He’s held several leadership roles in Frankfort, most recently serving as Senate Majority Whip.
“I have a very strong voting record of being pro business and supporting policies and sponsoring legislation that has helped move our state forward and be more competitive,” Wilson said.
The other candidate, Darrell Traughber, has served as a magistrate in Warren County for eight years. Now deciding to run for state senator, he says he has many things on his agenda including partisan issues.
Traughber said, “I think there’s good ideas from both sides. So, I’m going to go up there and help cut some of those dividing lines and work together with some people.”
Along with fighting for more funding for first responders, Traughber also says education is at the top of his list, especially being the husband of a former teacher.
“I think we have to prioritize our children and their education, and if we don’t, it’s only going to get worse,” Traughber mentioned. “We have to reassess what we’re doing, how we’re going to recruit our good people coming out of (Western Kentucky University) and other universities around the Commonwealth and try to get some of the finer people to teach our kids.”
Mike Wilson voted yes for Senate Bill 151 that changed the pension system. He says he wants to provide good benefits to teachers, but also fix the pension crisis.
“We did something that’s going to keep making sure that we keep putting all the money in that needs to be put in from here on out so that benefits will not have to be cut,” said Wilson.
Both candidates say their main goal is to represent the people of Warren County.
The winner of Tuesday’s primary will move on to face unopposed democratic candidate, Jeanie Smith, in the general election this November.