Two Republicans file for Coleman's state representative seat

January 27, 2004|ANN R. HARNEY

HARRODSBURG - At least three Republicans will square off for their party's nomination for state representative of the 55th district.

T.A. Green and Louis Dean Sr. have joined Milward Dedman in the GOP's race for the seat being vacated by Rep. Jack Coleman. This is the third time Dean has sought the House seat; Green ran unsuccessfully for 3rd district magistrate on Mercer County Fiscal Court.

Dean points to his long-held beliefs he has run on in the past while Green says his life experiences make him the best candidate for his party's nomination. He points to his 21-year career in the Navy and his recent experience running a small business.

"Over the past 35 years, I graduated from college, completed a military career and started a successful business in central Kentucky," Green said.


Dean takes another tack. "I think I should be elected because I am the person who will stand for the morally right thing, regardless of what that position might mean to me personally. We seldom see elected officials who will stand for what is right, even to the point of putting themselves in jeopardy. They let special interests, money and politics get in the way."

Green took a jab at Dedman, who only recently changed his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican. "My experience as a Republican is more than a month long. I would say Louis and I would draw from the same pot, but I have more depth of experience from my Navy career and experience in business."

Dean says he was once a Democrat, but that changed several years ago.

"When I became a Christian in 1984, I looked at things more seriously and did not accept what I was told. It took me a couple of years to get a handle on the political parties and where they stood. Once I got to that point, I agreed with the Republican Party."

More candidates seeking his party's nomination is a good thing for the party, Dean says. "I think it's exciting for the Republican Party; we're getting stronger, and I welcome the competition."

Dean says his campaigns for the seat in 1998 and 2002 give him experience that makes him the candidate for whom Republicans should vote in the May primary election.

Both men point to education as their primary reason for running for office.

Green defines education as not knowledge but action. "An effective education results in the ability to meet life's situations," Green said. "We have been shorting our kids of the tools to do that. If you can get through your educational experience able to meet life's situations, then you are an educated person."

Green said fiscal accountability, ethical behavior and the understanding of civics are vital parts of a person's education.

"I think America stands for a golden opportunity. When you have freedom to do whatever you desire, I would call that an opportunity. We're not teaching our kids to capitalize on that opportunity."

Dean also thinks young people are being shortchanged by our educational system. "We're spending a lot more money, and we're not getting much to show for it," he said.

Green does not list social issues as concerns of his while Dean says they go hand-in-hand. "You can't separate politics from social issues," said Dean. He said his beliefs are the same as they were in the 2002 election.

He is:

* Pro life and pro family.

* For limited government and minimal taxes.

* Opposed to using tax money to pay for political campaigns.

* For the display of the Ten Commandments in offices, government buildings and schools.

* Concerned about the direction of our education system.

* For private and home schooling without government interference.

* In support of the right to bear arms.

Dean said he does not think any government should have a say in the curriculum of home or private schools.

Both parties will have primary elections in May. The Republican Party nominee will face either Floyd Alan Adams or Sharon P. Clark, the two Democrats who have filed for the office.

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