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A Familiar Face May Run for Governor

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By Eugenia Jones
A face familiar to most McCreary Countians may be the next person to occupy the Governor’s mansion in Frankfort.  If he enters the race and is elected, the first thing he will do as Governor is take down the fence surrounding the Governor’s mansion.
“I am prayerfully considering running for Governor of Kentucky in 2023,” McCreary County’s two-time State Senator Max Wise stated. 
Wise has no definite timetable in place for finalizing his decision about entering the Governor’s race.
“Right now, I’m going out to listen and talk with people,” Wise explained.  “I want to know what people are feeling.”
Wise said the consideration of entering the Governor’s race is fueled by his growing frustration with Kentucky’s executive branch. 
“People feel like they have no voice,” Wise noted.  “They want someone who will hear the people and fight for conservative values.  They don’t want a governor who lives in a bubble and doesn’t know what is going on throughout the state.”
If elected, Wise has several objectives.
“First, I will take down the fence around the Governor’s mansion,” Wise stated.  “Those are the people’s grounds.  It is a place to serve the people.
Wise would then settle in to focus on Kentucky’s workforce.
“We’ve got to quit giving incentives for people not to work,” Wise remarked.  “We’ve got to cut the extended benefits and get people back to work.  Plus, there’s still a lot to been done with COVID-19.  People want to be trusted to make their own right decisions instead of having someone make the decisions for them.  If elected, I’d like to turn as much as possible back to local control and decision making.”
The 46 year old Wise is married with four children.  He feels his ability to relate to people will be one of his strongest assets if he decides to enter gubernatorial race.
“People know they can trust me, and I can relate to all people,” Wise explained.  “I can talk to a CEO or a fellow at the Dollar Store wearing Carhartts.  I understand their concerns.  I have a story to tell.  I lost two relatives to drug overdoses and have a son who was diagnosed with cancer as a child.  I’ve been through educating my children during COVID.  I want to relate to people in the state differently, and I know I can do that.  People are tired of bureaucracy.”
As State Senator from District 16, Wise currently serves Adair, Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Russell, Taylor, and Wayne Counties.  He chairs the Senate Education Committee and co-chairs the Education Assessment and Accountability Review Subcommittee.  Wise is also a member of several other committees including the Senate Economic Development Tourism and Labor Committee, Health and Welfare Committee, and Veterans Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee.  Additionally, Wise is a member of the Public Assistance Reform Task Force, Budget Review Subcommittee on Economic Development and Tourism, Natural Resource and Environmental Protection, and Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation.
Senator Max Wise can be contacted via email at

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