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Letter to the editor: Support James Comer for agriculture commissioner

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On Nov. 8, registered voters in Kentucky will have the opportunity to choose the people who will lead our state for the next four years. Based on early absentee voting, all predictions indicate voter turnout will reach all-time lows. Your vote will make a difference.
The race for Agriculture Commissioner is very important this year because now, more than ever, we need leadership that understands the needs, concerns and frustrations our farmers face.
James Comer grew up in Tompkinsville where he graduated from Monroe County High School. He was elected Kentucky FFA President and attended Western Kentucky University where he majored in agriculture and minored in government. While at WKU he received the prestigious Chicago Mercantile Exchange Scholarship, which is given annually to the top four college agriculture students in the nation. After graduation he returned to work with his father and brother on the family farm. He and his wife then started their own farming operation which consists of 950 acres of commercial beef cattle, managed timber and mixed hay. In 2000, he was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives where he has served for over five terms, while still maintaining his own farming operation.
He is a member of the Kentucky House Agriculture and Small Business Committee and the Tobacco Settlement Funds Agreement Oversight Committee. He also serves as the most conservative voting member of the Appropriations and Revenue Committee. This impressive background and his small town rural values make him the perfect choice for our next Agriculture Commissioner. I know him personally and have great respect for his ability and never-tiring work ethic. Please join me and vote for James Comer for Agriculture Commissioner.

Steve Kelly
New Liberty