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Garlin Rocks! Politically Speaking.

This article first appeared in issue 20, and was written by Ed Waggener.

Farsightedness of state government's second most powerful man, a Garlin native, adds interchange on Cumberland Parkway and Highway 61. Columbia is destined to be at the most important crossroads of the new I-66 and the state's third most important north-south route!

The "Garlin Delegation" may get larger-by two! And political influence of community exceeds that

Garlin natives in the Kentucky House and Senate may grow by two after this year's election, giving the tiny Adair County community a total of four native sons (three native sons and one 'native' by marriage). In addition to Speaker Richards, who represents Kentucky House District 54, State Senator Vernie McGaha (R-51st) is from Garlin.

This year, Russell Montgomery, who is married to the former Gladys Riggins of Greater Garlin, is unopposed for the Democratic nomination for the house seat now held by Republican Ricky Cox of Campbellsville. Another Greater Garlinian on the ballot this year is Attorney Harold McKinney, Danville, whose homeplace is on Taylor-Ford Road, for the 54th District Kentucky House Seat. He is opposed in the Democratic primary by Terry Crowley and John D. Bowling. The primary winner will face Republican Mike Harmon in the fall.

Besides the elected officials, Garlin also produced State Corrections Commissioner Doug Sapp, who was a key strategist in Governor Patton's surprise defeat of Larry Forgy in 1996.

Major parties don't have all the Garlin Glory. Though the exact boundary between Greater Garlin and Columbia is a major issue. Under some definitions, Cloverport Subdivision and maybe even Joe R. Barbee's place, belong to Garlin. That being so, the Headquarters of the Libertarian Party of Kentucky is in Garlin, at the Cloverport home of Carl Wimmer, the Libertarian Party's state chairman.



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1998-05-15 - Photo Staff. Speaker Jody Richards spoke to friends at Lindsey. He's shown with Charles Barnes.This item first appeared in Issue 20 of the print edition of Columbia! Magazine.
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