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The candidates for the District 20 state Senate seat each picked up a key endorsement this week.
The National Federation of Independent Business has endorsed Republican Paul Hornback, and the Kentucky Education Political Action Committee is backing Democrat David Eaton in the race to replace retiring Sen. Gary Tapp (R-Shelbyville).
NFIB/Kentucky cited Hornback’s background in agriculture his positions and records on small business issues.
“Paul Hornback is a proven leader on small business issues,” said Tom Underwood, state director of NFIB/Kentucky, noting his involvement with other organizations, including the Kentucky Farm Bureau. “Paul Hornback has created jobs and understands the challenges that small business face. His positions on creating a strong small business environment and his commitment to oppose tax increases are critical issues for the future of 'Main Street' businesses.
“As a political newcomer, Paul Hornback will bring fresh ideas and energy to Frankfort.”
The educational group also includes Spencer and Bullitt counties, which with Shelby comprise District 20. That Eaton, a former teacher, earned its endorsement is not surprising.
“David Eaton will give the children and teachers of Shelby County a friend in the Kentucky Senate. We need his voice for our public schools,” Shelby County Education Association Co-President James Ray Morgan said.
“I am honored to have the support those involved in education,” Eaton said. “As a former teacher who taught in Shelby County, one of my top priorities has always been, and will always be, to provide the best education possible for our children.
Our future depends on a strong educated workforce, and I am committed to working hard to improve our children’s educational opportunities.”
NFIB’s endorsement is important for Hornback’s campaign because small business owners and their employees tend to vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls.
NFIB has pledged it will activate its grassroots network on behalf of the Hornback campaign.