MADISONVILLE, KY (10/17/12) - Governor Steve Beshear visited Madisonville today to support Earlington Mayor and candidate for State Representative Mike Seiber during a campaign luncheon. The event was held at Madisonville Country Club. An estimated 100-150 Hopkins County citizens were in attendance, from city workers to local and state government officials.
Upon arriving, Governor Beshear made his way around the room to personally shake hands and introduce himself to almost if not every one of the attendees. The atmosphere was full of energy and optimism as the officials spoke about the upcoming election on November 6th.
First to speak in support of Mayor Seiber was Wanda Wilson of the Earlington City Council. A citizen of Earlington and Seiber supporter, Wilson spoke about her initial skepticism about Seiber’s governing decisions when he first became Mayor, but went on to discuss the turnaround and positive outcomes that she said have resulted in Earlington since his term.
She stated, “The thing you need to do has to outweigh the thing you want to do and then you have a solution, and Mike Seiber has done that for the city of Earlington.”
Following Wilson to introduce Governor Beshear was Democratic State Representative Brent Yonts. Yonts has been a member of the House since 1997 and rallied for Seiber to join the legislators in Frankfort. Yonts campaigned for Seiber, highlighting that he is “engaged and active and cares about the community and the future of kids here. Mike has the same interests and desires as the Governor of Kentucky has because he's from the same county.” Yonts went on to indict the district’s current representation saying, “A dark cloud has come over the Governor's hometown, a scourge...” referring specifically to budget issues and road projects.
Third at the podium supporting Seiber’s campaign was Governor Steve Beshear. Beshear spoke candidly about his former term in office with the late Eddie Ballard and all they accomplished for the state working together in hopes that having Seiber in Frankfort working side by side with him would be just as beneficial for Kentucky.
Beshear anticipated Seiber joining him in Frankfort, implying not only that Seiber was overall the best man for the job, but also that having Seiber, as an ally in Frankfort and bringing more Democratic weight, would enable the Governor himself to wield more leverage in the capitol.
“We don't have somebody like Eddie Ballard or Brent Yonts for Hopkins County up there. I need somebody to work with me not against me. I need somebody that's part of the solution and not part of the problem. I need Mike Seiber.”
He then presented Seiber’s campaign with a check for $5,000 from the KY Democratic Party.
Lastly, Mike Seiber addressed the room, opting out on giving the speech he had previously prepared for the lunch and instead casually spoke to those gathered in support of him. Regarding his opponent, Republican Ben Waide, Seiber said, “I'm running for State Representative because we can't afford to wait any longer on a state representative who, in the past 2 years, has become the most isolated, divisive, and ineffective legislator the General Assembly has ever seen.”
He touched briefly on the 124 pages of Waide’s voting record and stated how embarrassed he was to have him as a representative. Votes will be settled November 6th.
Click on the Flickr slideshow below for more images from the event.
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