It's a message that brought Stephanie Horne into Rocky Adkins' campaign for governor and it is a message that she is sharing with residents across Kentucky, as she visits rural areas as part of the campaign. The message is that Adkins, who is a democratic candidate for governor, cares about Kentucky, its people and the success of this state.
"When I met Rocky, I listened to what he was excited about, what his
vision was for Kentucky," said Horne, who is Adkins' running mate for
Lt. Governor. "I listened and I thought I am going to do this...I
really feel like the people in Kentucky will make the decision and
that he will be our next governor."
Horne brought the campaign to Wayne County on Thursday, April 25,
amid stops in neighboring Clinton County, Pulaski County and nearby
Cumberland County. She spent some time in The Outlook office talking
about the plans she and Adkins have for Kentucky, before she walked
around the square area and greeted local residents who stopped to say
"At this point it is so wonderful to come and meet people and to
raise the awareness about the election... There are 27 days left
before the primary election," said Horne.
Horne and Adkins have several similarities. Both are strong
advocates for public education and know how important it is for the
future of this state. Horne, who is an attorney by trade—served on
the Jeferson County Board of Education, where she was a committed
advocate for children, families, teachers and staff throughout
Her parents were teachers as were Adkins.
"Rocky was raised on a farm. His dad became a teacher. His mom
taught preschool and worked in the local grocery store," said Horne.
"I tell people that Rocky is Kentucky."
Adkins, who is the democratic leader in the Kentucky House of
Representatives, has been a strong advocate for teachers.
"He believes that education transforms lives, and he came up with
this incredible plan. He proposed this law in 2016 for community
college and job training for all Kentuckians...This is happening in
17 other states," Horne explained. "He got bi-partisan support on the
initiative. Everybody was behind it."
The law was vetoed by Governor Matt Bevin, Horne noted.
Both Horne and Adkins are self-employed and know how important
affordable health care is for all Kentuckians. They also are cancer
survivors who are fighting to keep affordable health care for people
who have pre-existing conditions.
"We have got to make sure that Kentuckians have affordable, quality
health care, and we have to make sure that people with pre-existing
conditions still have health insurance...It can literally be the
difference between life and death," said Horne.
While Horne is from Jefferson County, Adkins hails from rural
Kentucky. He is from Elliott County and Horne noted that his is a
"son of Sandy Hook." He played basketball at Morehead University,
where he was a point guard.
"He was a leader and he has always been like that...He is the only
candidate in the democratic primary that can bring out rural voters
and beat Matt Bevin in the fall," said Horne.
Horne's husband, Andrew, who is a 27 year veteran of the U.S. Marine
Corps, and Adkins are friends. Through their friendship, Adkins
became familiar with the work Horne was doing with education in
Jefferson County. He asked her to be his running mate in the election.
Horne has been traveling around Kentucky for the past month or so.
She noted that Adkins will be in this area in May to visit with local
Also voters will have another chance to learn more about Adkins in
an upcoming debate which will air on KET before the primary election.
To learn more about Adkins and Horne visit their website at www.Rockyforky.com.