Now, more than ever, Kentucky needs principled candidates to run for office and be trained in how their faith forms their worldview on issues such as life, family and educational freedom. In February 2024, the Commonwealth Policy Center will host its annual candidate training to equip candidates to answer the toughest issues.

In the fallout from the 2023 Governor’s election in Kentucky, a push has been made to expand abortion rights and dismiss “sideshow” issues for the 2024 legislative session and election. No, I’m not speaking of the priorities of Democrat financiers Planned Parenthood and KEA. Some Republicans have said that if conservative candidates can find “middle ground” on abortion and education, they’ll be spared from political heat.

This debate reminds me of a passage of scripture: “But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. ‘Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.’ But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.  For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.” – 1 Peter 3:14-17

Peter encourages us that if we have a hope that is shaped by the life, death and resurrection of Christ, it’s prudent to make sure we stand in noble defense of biblical values and the reason for our hope. Elected officials are tempted to believe the lie that if one remains quiet on hard issues, the suffering of slanderous attacks will cease from coming.

Persecution is much different than the days of the apostles, but Peter’s words are still a guide for all Christians who desire to serve in office: Stand, Defend your faith, and Act with Gentleness. Lastly, reminding us: “If you suffer for what is right, you are blessed.”  

Standing to promote and protect the faith and family of a community has been a winning message for the conservative movement because it is the cornerstone for one’s value and identity. That’s why the pro-life and pro-family movements have propelled Republicans to a super majority in Kentucky. In the last 8 years, Kentucky has eliminated abortion, expanded parental rights in public education, and is on the precipice of matching dozens of other states with educational freedom. By forging ahead, elected officials are keeping their promise to voters that Kentucky will be the best place to exercise your constitutional rights and raise a healthy family.

From February 2-3, nationally recognized speakers and elected officials will train participants on campaign messaging and how to win on conservative issues for their race. This one-of-a-kind training is tailored for state and local candidates so they may be grounded in deep understanding and provide a compelling vision for their community. Please consider attending CPC’s training event. You can find out more information at