MADISON COUNTY —
Shell said he has three fundamental principles that will help boost the economy in both Madison and Garrard counties.
“... Pension reform, tax reform and eliminate wasteful government spending,” he said. “It is not the role of the government to create jobs, it is the responsibility for the local government to facilitate an environment that is conducive to job growth.”
While the economy is doing better in Madison County, Montgomery wants things to be even better. One way to improve growth in both Garrard and Madison counties is to continue to extend Kentucky 52 to Duncannon Lane to provide better access for companies and residents. The project is currently funded to extend to Wallace Mills.
Shell also supports extending the highway to Duncannon Lane.
Montgomery emphasized recruiting new industries and businesses will be key to creating new, good-paying jobs.
“We’ve got to really roll out the red carpet for them,” Montgomery said.
Montgomery said he is running for office because he has always been active in his community. Describing himself as a conservative Democrat, Montgomery said that unlike his opponent, he does not believe everything is broken in Frankfort.
“I’m tired of the partisan bickering and gridlock that is destroying our state,” Montgomery said.
Montgomery also pointed out he has two decades of experience on his opponent, years spent both working successfully in a corporate job managing a large budget, and later running a small business.
Shell said age should not be a factor when picking the best candidate to represent the 36th District.
“Never once did this district tell me I was too young to do something to help my community. Our parents never said, ‘Why don’t you wait a little longer to get a job or go to college, be a kid for a little longer,’” Shell said. “As parents, we want our children to strive for excellence, not mediocrity.”
Even though he is from Garrard County, Shell said he would strongly represent his Madison County constituents as well.
“We are one people,” Shell said. “Garrard and Madison counties are neighboring communities that are connected by commerce, infrastructure and jobs.”
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