In announcing his Democratic candidacy for the 7th District state Senate seat Monday night, former Gov. Julian Carroll told an enthusiastic crowd of around 300 people he has the leadership experience to help in a time of crisis for state government.
He showed the crowd a copy of his candidacy papers he filed earlier Monday in the secretary of state's office.
Carroll said he could not sit on the sideline at the family farm in Franklin County and twiddle his thumbs "and see state government destroyed." He said he has "the experience and knowledge to make a major contribution to benefit particularly the people of (the 7th District) as well as all the people of Kentucky.
"When you're in a crisis, you need someone who is willing to step forward and make a difference. It's time to put partisanship and bickering aside and look after the business of the people of Kentucky. It's time to reach a consensus instead of looking for someone to blame."
Carlos Pugh, commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4075 where the free chili supper was held, said about 70 gallons of chili was served.
"As governor, Julian Carroll served the state really super," Pugh said. "He served state employees excellent. I appreciate a guy who is willing to stand up for state employees."
Pugh said his wife is a retired state employee.
Carroll emphasized he will be a strong conservative voice in the Senate.
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