WKU Public Radio News Staff
Wed January 29, 2014
Republican Primary Grows in Kentucky's U.S. Senate Race
A Bath County woman has entered the Republican primary for the U-S Senate seat now held by Mitch McConnell. Forty-one-year-old Shawna Sterling of Sharpsburg is an ordained minister with a master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Kentucky.
Sterling says she’s a conservative and a strict constitutionalist, but distinguishes herself from McConnell and fellow G-O-P challenger Matt Bevin in a major way. She does not favor repeal of the federal Affordable Care Act.
"We need insurance, our families need it. It's the way the law was written that puts a lot of Kentucky families in danger of losing their health insurance or the premiums are so high they can't afford health insurance," comments Sterling.
Sterling says she felt so strongly about the need for health care reform, she worked to re-elect President Obama in 2012. However, she says the A-C-A is flawed and should be changed.
Sterling also says she’s adamantly opposed to gun control and believes President Obama’s energy policies have been unfair to the coal industry.