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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Steve Beshear releases statement on Bruce Lunsford's candidacy; also a new parks commissioner is named.

Here it is:

In response to media requests, please find below a statement from Governor Steve Beshear in regards to the filing
by Bruce Lunsford for US Senate.

"Last December, before any of the other Democratic candidates had decided to run, I called Bruce and asked him to consider running for the U.S. Senate. I felt that he had name recognition, the financial resources and the ability to appeal to a large cross-section of Kentuckians, Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike, all of which would make him an exceptionally strong candidate. The other candidates may be able to develop those attributes, and I wish them well."

"While I am not endorsing any candidate in the Democratic Primary for the U.S. Senate at this time, I am pleased that Bruce has agreed to throw his hat into the ring."

Any thoughts?

Also, a new parks commissioner is named. Here's the news release:

Gerry van der Meer Named Commissioner of Kentucky State Parks

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Commerce Secretary Marcheta Sparrow announced today that hotel management veteran Gerry van der Meer will serve as the commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Parks.

The new commissioner most recently served as general manager of the Crowne Plaza Campbell House Inn in Lexington and was also general manager of the Hilton Suites of Lexington Green. Before coming to Lexington in 1991, he worked in management positions for hotels in Colorado and Massachusetts during his 35-year career in the hospitality industry.

Van der Meer has been active in several civic organizations in Lexington, including the United Way and Rotary, and is chairman of the board for the YMCA of Central Kentucky. He received the Garner B. Hamson Hotelier of the Year Award in 2003 from the Kentucky Hotel Lodging Association.

“The Kentucky State Parks expose us to the wonders of the outdoors,” van der Meer said. “I really believe they are treasures in our own backyard.”

Sparrow said she was honored that van der Meer agreed to become parks commissioner. “He is a consummate professional and highly respected by Kentucky’s hospitality industry. We are extremely fortunate to have him as part of our team,” she said.

The Kentucky State Park system in made up of 52 parks and historic sites and include 17 state resort parks.

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