Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Date: December 6, 2012
Contact: Richard Nelson (270) 719-1640

Commonwealth Policy Center endorses Sara Beth Gregory for vacant state Senate seat

Cadiz, KY— The Commonwealth Policy Center endorsed State Representative Sara Beth Gregory (R-Monticello) for the 16th District state Senate seat today.  She will be facing Williamsburg school teacher Bill Conn (D-Williamsburg) in the December 18 special election. Both candidates were interviewed and sent questionnaires which asked their positions on the sanctity of human life, gambling expansion, religious freedom and the definition of marriage.

“Voters in the 16th Senate district are pro-life, pro-family and fiscally conservative,” said Richard Nelson, the group’s executive director. “We believe that Rep. Gregory will best represent and fight for those values.” Nelson said that Gregory’s experience as state representative puts her in a position where she can be immediately effective.  

The special election came about after Senate President David Williams was appointed to a judgeship by Governor Beshear.  This is the third Republican Senator Gov. Beshear has appointed in his tenure, leading some to believe that he is setting up another showdown over the issue of gambling expansion. However, Nelson said that if Gregory is elected, the votes in the Senate wouldn’t change since Rep. Gregory is opposed gambling expansion.