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A Governor’s Election Impacted by Disasters

Did this happen in Kentucky?

An off-year election was held last Tuesday. One interesting commentary I heard on the radio was that Andy Beshear, the sitting governor of Kentucky, was successful in being re-elected to office.

One reason given in the commentary was that there had been a series of terrible disasters that impacted the state and the governor’s success in responding to these disasters was one element that helped him survive a very strong challenge. Beshear is a Democrat in a very heavily dominated Republican state.

If it is true, let that be a warning or suggestion to new governors to be sure and respond quickly to disasters and to show empathy for those impacted by the destruction that they bring.
Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.