The Associated Press has called the race for state treasurer for Republican Mark Metcalf, who defeated Democrat Michael Bowman with about 56 percent of the vote, just after 9 p.m.
When asked on a KET interview in April what Metcalf thought of the opportunity to run for the treasurer’s office, he said, “I see it as an opportunity to speak out for taxpayers to restore to Kentucky fiscal discipline.”
Broadly speaking, Metcalf emphasizes the need for greater cost and debt control.
“Kentucky has a welfare bill in its biennial budget of $2.9 (billion), almost $3 billion,” Metcalf said in the same interview.
To do that, Metcalf recommends greater investment in education.
“We know that training costs a lot less than welfare,” Metcalf told KET. “We know that education costs a lot less than incarceration. Let’s give them the education they need, and let’s start working down our welfare bill immediately.”