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Republican David Glauber of Bullitt County filed Friday to run for the 20th district state senate seat being vacated in 2010 by incumbent Gary Tapp.
Tapp announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election and endorsed Shelby County farmer Paul Hornback to succeed him in a district that encompasses Shelby, Bullitt and Spencer Counties.
Glauber, a member of the Appraisal Institute, is a Carroll County native who moved to Bullitt County in 1993. This election is his first time running for office.
"I've been planning it since I was 12 years old; I've just been waiting for God to let me know when the time was right, and it is," he said.
Glauber adds that he offers a lifetime of experience with small business, farming and real estate.
"I'm pro-gun and pro-life," he said. "I'm for small government, low taxes and most importantly, individual responsibility. If elected, I expect you to hold me accountable for standing by and fighting for those values that I have set forth.
"My biggest concern with government is the overspending and constant expansion of government. I will oppose any projects that waste your money, such as repaving perfectly good roads or sidewalks, and will ask other senators to do the same in their districts. If you want a government that spends less, then you must elect a representative that spends less."
Glauber's parents were small business owners and farmers, and his family has owned and managed Glauber's Shoe Store since 1863, as well as a sporting goods store since the 1970s.
After working in those stores and on the farm since high school, he graduated from the University of Louisville with a finance degree with a minor in economics. He is currently pursuing his MBA degree at Indiana University.
In 2004, he began his own appraisal firm known as American Appraisers Corporation, which provides commercial real estate appraisals all across the United States, specializing in churches.
He is married to Lea Glauber, a teacher at Old Mill Elementary School.