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Tapp will not seek reelection in 2010

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By The Staff

State Senator Gary Tapp, a member of the Kentucky Senate since 2003, has announced he will not seek reelection in 2010.  Tapp served in the Kentucky House for four years before his two terms in the State Senate representing District 20, comprising Shelby, Bullitt, and Spencer Counties.

 “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the people of the 20th Senate District, but I have decided not to seek reelection next year.  At the end of this term I will have served 12 years in Frankfort, and it has been a rewarding and positive experience.  I would like to thank my family for their support and my constituents for the trust they placed in me.  My hope is that I helped make a positive impact on the communities I represent,” Senator Tapp said.

 Senator Tapp also endorsed Shelby County agriculture leader Paul Hornback to succeed him.  Hornback, a well known leader in the agriculture community, plans to file his candidacy papers this week.  Hornback has held leadership positions in the Kentucky Farm Bureau, the Council on Burley Tobacco, the Kentucky Farm Service Agency and the Shelby County Fair Board.

 “I would be humbled to serve Shelby, Bullitt, and Spencer Counties in the Kentucky Senate,” Hornback said.  “It has been an honor to serve the agriculture community for 25 years, and I am now ready to do even more to make the 20th District a better place to live and work.”

 Of Hornback, Tapp said: “Paul has the conservative values and leadership skills to represent us well, and I wholeheartedly endorse his candidacy.  I look forward to working on his behalf in the 2010 election.  Frankfort will benefit from Paul’s experience and abilities.”

 Hornback’s civic involvement has put him in the middle of numerous legislative issues in Frankfort, preparing him to hit the ground running.

 “I’ve been engaged in numerous public policy issues and look forward to drawing on that experience as a State Senator.  I will take my experience, conservative values, and sincere desire to improve our area’s economy to the floor of the Senate each day,” Hornback said.

 “My legislative goals are simple.  I hope to unify the citizens of this district around an agenda that improves our economy, ensures a safe place for us to raise our families, and provides our children with a quality education.  If we do those things, this will be a district where business can flourish and people can find good jobs,” Hornback said.

 Paul Hornback is a lifetime resident of Shelby County where he owns Hornback Farms, which produces corn, soybeans, tobacco, beef cattle and several other commodities.  Paul and his wife Patricia Huber Hornback have been married for 32 years and have two daughters, Stephanie Tucker and Amanda Gajdzik.  They also have two grandchildren.