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Primary Election 2008: Randall Phillips will head Swan campaign

Swan receives endorsement of Dr. Phil Aaron. Adair Countians Benson Sexton, Brandon Thompson, and Allison Chaffin also named to posts in the campaign organization
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Asa James Swan, Republican candidate for 51st District (Adair and Taylor Counties) State Representative has announced his campaign staff.

Many of the staff are from Columbia, and Swan has received the endorsement of influential Adair County Republican leader Dr. Phil Aaron.

"I am extremely honored and excited by the wonderful people of integrity who have offered to serve as a part of my team as we build a winning coalition for May and November," Swan said in a prepared statement. "I could not have asked for more experienced help, and I look forward to working with them as we share our vision for a better Kentucky with the voters of the 51st District in the coming months."

Randall Phillips, who will serve as Chairman. Mr. Phillips was Taylor County Court Clerk for 29 years. "It is an honor and a privilege to serve as Asa's Campaign Chairman," Mr. Phillips said."Asa is exactly what we need in our next state representative: a dynamic leader with the experience, excellence, integrity, and conservative values necessary to effectively serve Taylor and Adair Counties in Frankfort."Randall Phillips' wife of 43 years, Pat K. Phillips, will serve as Campaign Treasurer.

Columbia physician Dr. Phil Aaron is also helping with Asa's campaign. "I am proud to strongly support Asa in this race by serving on his campaign staff," Dr. Aaron said. "Without a doubt, he is easily the most qualified person running. His conservative values, personal integrity, and willingness to serve the people of the 51st District make him the perfect candidate to represent us in Frankfort for many years to come."

Dr. Aaron has been in practice for almost 30 years and is now Medical Director of the Dr. Phil Aaron Medical Center on Burkesville ST in Columbia.

Brandon Thompson of Sparksville will serve as Swan's Deputy Campaign Manager for Outreach.He is a graduate of Lindsey Wilson College actively involved in ministry, is also a member of the management team at Lowe's of Campbellsville, responsible for the Cabinet and Appliance Division.

Benson Sexton of Columbia will serve as the campaign's Deputy Campaign Manager for Communications. Sexton has an M.A. in Communication from Western Kentucky University and is the Director of Freshman Experience and an adjunct instructor at Lindsey Wilson College. He is engaged to Kristin Rucker, a graduate of Campbellsville University, who will serve as the Deputy Campaign Manager for Events.

Two students, one from Taylor County and one from Adair, are also serving on the Swan campaign staff.

LeAnn Straley, a junior at Taylor County High School and the daughter of Jeff and Deb Straley, will lead TCHS Students for Asa.

Adair County Students for Asa will be led by Allison Chafin, the daughter of Gerald and Sonya Chafin and a junior at ACHS.

Besides Swan, the Republican nomination is sought by Bam Carney, a Taylor County teacher and brother of current Taylor County Court Clerk Mark Carney; and Russell Montgomery, former Coca Cola Bottling Co. executive and an Adair County native.

Democrat Doug Mullins, a retired Social Security Administration employee, has no primary opposition for the Democratic nomination for the 51st District House seat.

This story was posted on 2008-03-03 17:32:40
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