President Donald Trump stopped in Louisville on recently to give a boost to Gov. Matt Bevin as the Republican seeks a second term.
Bevin recently dropped by a few cities including ours to announce discretionary funding awards. It reminded me of the old saying about "election year paving", referring to an uptick in projects and upgrades inconspicuously designed to woo voters into supporting an incumbent on election day.
The Democratic candidate for governor, Attorney General Andy Beshear, has also been out and about making the rounds. As challengers typically do during elections, most of Beshear's platform has been based on attacking Bevin's words and actions.
It's a race that somewhat reminds me of the Hillary Clinton/Trump showdown from 2016. Like Clinton, Beshear's name may hurt him on election day. There are many in the state who didn't care for Steve Beshear, Andy's father, and they may take that out on the son in November.
Had Hillary's last name been Johnson or Smith, she probably would have won the Electoral College vote in 2016. Without a doubt, her husband's presidency affected her candidacy.
Like Trump, Bevin isn't a popular candidate, but he may win the passive vote. Meaning, Bevin may win a second term because enough people may believe he's the lesser of the two evils, similar to how Trump won.
All that aside, what do we as Kentuckians really want for our state? It seems the major issues of this election are abortion, pensions and mudslinging.
If you're a Facebook user, you've likely been targeted by one of the pro-Bevin ads that attempts to paint Beshear as a pro-abortion, anti-child candidate.
Likewise, Beshear and company have attempted to label Bevin as anti-public worker and specifically, anti-teacher.
You can and should vote on whatever issue is important to you, but these aren't the only topics of importance facing Kentuckians. I'm not really sure what abortion has to do with a gubernatorial race, but it's a ploy Republicans have been using for years. It doesn't matter what the GOP candidate does or says, he can always point the finger at the Democrat and accuse them of supporting abortion, especially in a state like Kentucky, and many voters will instantly mark the Democrat off the list.
And while education is a majority priority, we haven't seen many suggestions from Democrats on fixing the pension mess that are feasible. It's fine to attack another's ideas if you have your own proposals, but we're not going to tax our way out of the pension crisis.
As a voter, I'm more concerned with how my state is going to look in a dozen years.
Are we still going to be holding on to the hope that coal will come back? It's obviously an industry on its way out.
Will we continue to be an unfit and unhealthy state because we lack in recreational opportunities (look at the lack of sidewalks in Glasgow) as compared to other states?
How are we going to mitigate the changes in the agricultural industry? Farming is changing, so what's the plan for the future?
Can we value education, and not just salaries for educators, to the point where our residents can demand higher-paying jobs?
On that note, how are we going to keep our best and our brightest from leaving Kentucky?
Will we seriously consider legalizing marijuana and gambling to improve our financial status?
We are a great state because we have great people. Hopefully, our governor will match the heart of the Kentuckians he will be charged with representing and move us forward.
Suddeath is the editor of the Glasgow Daily Times. Reach him at 270-678-5171, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @DsuddeathGDT.