Bevin speaks on November elections during Marshall County visit

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin spent most Tuesday in Marshall County. Bevin’s stops included Mama D’s restaurant for a meet and greet, a ribbon cutting at Champion Homes, and a ground breaking at the American Stave Company. 

Some in Marshall County say a visit by Bevin proves he cares about west Kentucky. 

In the conversation over lunch at Mama D’s, Bevin gave advice on the upcoming elections, saying: "vote your values, not your party." However, he added that he believes it’s important to end the majority the Democratic Party had had in the Kentucky House of Representatives for more than nine decades. 

Bevin reflected on the past nine months he’s served as governor, joking that things like the budget and the pension crisis made it feel more like nine years. He told the group that, looking ahead, he plans to cut red tape affecting small businesses like the one they were eating in. Gary Thornell says he doesn’t subscribe to one party, but likes Bevin because he believes Bevin is sincere.

"Nobody is perfect. But, he really fights for what he believes in. We fought against him on some issues. Some we won, some we didn’t," Thornell told me. 

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear was mentioned, as well as several of the lawsuits filed against Bevin.  Bevin told the group that Beshear is "over his head" and the criticisms are just part of his plan to run for Governor. 

Those other two stops in Marshall County were about jobs. 

We reported the two companies were coming and bring about 198 jobs in June. The American Stave Company, which will specialize in white oak bourbon barrels, does need about 48 employees. Champion Homes is looking for about 60 more employees. Every elected official that talked with me said the same thing: that the growth speaks to the workforce in western Kentucky. 

Bevin calls it a red letter day for Marshall County. 

"It is an undiscovered part of Kentucky and part of America that companies like Champion are discovering," Bevin said. 

Bevin said he expects the work of these people to grow. He said his message to them is: You’re helping build the American Dream. 

"They’ll be a kid that will keep his bicycle in a little room of this home, and it will be taken out into a little driveway somewhere. And that kid will learn how to ride a bike," Bevin added. 

To apply for a job at Champion Homes, click here.

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