Political rookie tries to take 14th district seat from 14-year incumbent

11/02/2016 01:54 PM

OWENSBORO – Two Owensboro business owners are going head-to-head in the 14th House District race as Democratic candidate and 14-year incumbent Rep. Tommy Thompson takes on a political newcomer in Republican Matt Castlen.

Castlen’s message is that it’s time for a new face to represent the district, while Thompson touts his experience, which he says gives him the advantage in navigating the General Assembly.

The district encompasses all of Ohio and part of Daviess County.

Castlen, owner of Castlen Welding and Manufacturing, felt the time was right for him to get into the race.

“I sit on the sidelines and watch the direction of this country and our state and realize it’s time for good people to stand up and do something about it,” Castlen said. “With the common sense approach, and the business approach, we can change so many factors in this state to make us more successful and allow people to raise their families here in this state.”

Thompson, owner of Thompson Homes, touts his 14 years in the House of Representatives, as a huge advantage when it comes to representing his district.

“I’ve had some good leadership positions that have helped me be a better leader,” Thompson said. “I’ve built some great relationships in Frankfort. I think those skills have helped me to better deliver for my community. If you’re going to have a medical procedure, would you rather have an experienced doctor of an intern?”

Castlen feels that the presidential match up could have a trickle-down effect on the House race.

“I believe people of Kentucky want some fresh faces, and I think Trump’s going to carry Kentucky and I think it’s going to help us also,” Castlen said.

Thompson believes that voters will separate the two races, which he believes will allow him to be victorious.

“I’ve been on the ballot a number of times with Obama and other presidents, and when people go down ticket I think they typically look at the local person, what their local values are, what their record is, so I’m hoping that will be the case this time,” he said.

Voters will cast their ballots on Nov. 8 to decide who will represent the seat, and which party will control the lower legislative chamber.


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