A 20-year incumbent Democrat serving on Hardin Fiscal Court is being challenged in next May’s primary by a member of the Hardin County Democratic Executive Committee.

The filing deadline still is a tad more than a month away but the 8th District race in and around Vine Grove will offer two experienced public servants.

Garry King, 70, sees a need to maintain a degree of experience in county government with six of the nine members of Fiscal Court stepping aside.

“I’m concern that there’s a lot of experience leaving,” King said in an interview. He went on to recount vast hours of research and discussion in committees needed to understand and resolve issues.

Stan Holmes, 58, who served six terms on Radcliff City Council and relocated to Vine Grove three years ago, said he thinks the north end of the county needs a strong voice.

“With the experience I’ve had and the experience I bring to the office, I’m ready to get to work from day one,” Holmes said.

In recent years, fiscal court has wrestled with important and complex issues ranging from ownership of the hospital to building a new county government building. With major industrial development, including the largest single manufacturing investment in Kentucky history coming to the Glendale megasite, King said the area faces an untold transformation.

“It’s almost impossible to look out in time and predict what the county will look like in 10 years,” King said.

Holmes cites the BlueOvalSK development, a partnership building two manufacturing plants announced this summer by Ford Motor Co., as a sign that representation in the 8th District on the county’s north end could be improved. He said 80% of the development seems to be in the southern part of the county.

“When decisions are being made, we could a little too quiet,” Holmes said.

In response, King defended his work and said “the voice is there.”

Both candidates tout extensive experience, including professional backgrounds in education and the military.

Other candidates also could enter the race over the next month. All county government elections subject to the May primary have a Jan. 7 filing deadline.

Ben Sheroan can be reached at 270-505-1403 or

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