Sen. Julian Carroll wants a 3rd term, says he can be "balance" between branches

01/12/2012 05:47 PM

At 80, Democratic Sen. Julian Carroll says he still has a lot to offer state government and views himself as “a balance” between the legislative and executive branches.

Carroll has seen government from just about all sides — he served as House Speaker from 1968 to 1970, then as lieutenant governor before taking over as governor from Wendell Ford when he went to the U.S. Senate. Carroll served as governor from 1974 through 1979 where he developed a reputation for knowing a lot about the intricacies of the state budget.

When he was governor, he would instruct lawmakers how to vote, as longtime legislators such as Rep. Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green, have said.

But starting under Gov. John Y. Brown Jr.‘s tenure as governor (1979-1983), legislators began exerting their independence.

Carroll said in an interview this week that sometimes it has gone too far.

Carroll’s current 7th District covers Franklin, Anderson and Woodford counties and part of Fayette. But his and the other districts will change as a result of redistricting from the 2010 Census.

Carroll said he doesn’t know how his district will be changed in that process but is prepared to run no matter what.

He represents many current and retired state employees in his current district.

And he said they’re a big reason why he wants to run for a third four-year term.


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