APRIL 22, 2015
Political watchers say Lawrence County Attorney proved himself as “mature, experienced choice” and “strong advocate for Main Street Kentuckians”
The Republican candidates for Kentucky attorney general — Lawrence County Attorney Mike Hogan and State Sen. Whitney Westerfield — participated in a half-hour forum Monday night broadcast live on Kentucky Educational Television’s “Kentucky Tonight” program hosted by veteran journalist Bill Goodman.
Hogan said that as a four term elected county attorney who has been practicing law for 21 years, he is the more experienced candidate in the race. Hogan also spoke of the need for an attorney general who is more in touch with needs of local prosecutors–the 57 commonwealth’s attorneys and the 120 county attorneys–across Kentucky.
Westerfield touted his credentials which include a stint as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney as well as serving as a first term state senator representing Christian, Logan and Todd counties in Western Kentucky.
While the two conservative Republicans agree on many issues, there are some differences.
Westerfield pointed to his experience in the legislature, but Hogan said that Westerfield had made two votes in this year’s regular session that he would not have made — voting against stabilizing Kentucky’s fuel tax revenue so that counties would not lose nearly $90 million in funds for roads and bridges, and also for increasing the maximum contribution level from $1,000 to $2,000 per person.
“Mike Hogan proved that he’s the mature, experienced choice and a strong advocate for Main Street Kentuckians,” said Monroe Co. Judge/Executive Tommy Willett, who is supporting Hogan.
The GOP primary election is on Tuesday, May 19.