Gubernatorial candidate Billy Harper says Frankfort is starving for real leadership and that someone who isn't a politician might be better able to lead state government.
"With fourty years in business, I've learned you can get a lot more done if you don't worry about who is getting the credit," Harper said.
The Harper for Governor campaign takes that message on the road next week, crossing the state by bus. Campaign manager Stan Pulliam says the bus tour will continue "for the duration."
Harper's discussion of issues includes cutting taxes and controlling spending. He scoffs at the idea that the elected officials lining up to express their support for either of his opponents will keep his campaign from gaining traction.
"All the endorsements are like pigs running for the trough," he said.
What quickly becomes clear in talking to Harper, however, is that his passion is for improving Kentucky's schools.
"Education is moving forward in Kentucky but not fast enough to keep up with the rest of the world," Harper said.
Harper expresses enthusiasm for changing laws to allow Kentucky students to escape failing schools and take their state funding with them.
"School choice is a great opportunity for creating competition in the school system," he said.