PRESS RELEASE –
Three-term Owensboro City Commissioner Bob Glenn has filed to run for the Kentucky State Senate as a Democrat. “It has been an honor to serve as our community as Mayor Pro Tem. I feel it’s important to move forward in order to provide a strong voice in Frankfort for working families, teachers, first responders, students, public employees, and small business owners.”
In his time as a City Commissioner, several major Downtown projects have been completed and others are on schedule to open in the next year, including the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and the Enclave. Commissioner Glenn supported development of private-public sector partnerships to construct a new tennis facility, a new small-sided soccer facility at Legion Park, and completion of Stage II of OCTC’s Advanced Technology Center.
Over 2800 new jobs have come to Owensboro during the past four years including major job expansions at UniFirst, U.S. Bank, Specialty Food Group, On Time Fab, Metalsa, and many others. The city has witnessed a new corporate citizen enter our city with the arrival of Alorica, which has hired over 500 workers and plans to expand its workforce further during the next year. Owensboro has also won numerous major regional and national awards for redevelopment of its Downtown Riverfront and was named an All-American City in 2013.
Commissioner Glenn is a veteran faculty member at Owensboro Community and Technical College, where he has served as a tenured Professor of Communication and as Director of Forensics. Glenn holds a Doctoral degree in Communication from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has been married for 28 years to Holly D. Glenn, a retired educator, and they have two adult children, Bobby and Caitlin.
Glenn observes “We are at a critical point in the future of the Commonwealth. We have leaders in Frankfort who claim they believe in workforce development and education, yet they have consistently cut higher education and K-12 education substantially over the past decade. Now, they intend to fix the pension crisis on the backs of working families by again cutting the State budget, while also piling increased pension payment requirements upon cities and counties. When these mandates are imposed, municipal governments and fiscal courts across the State may be forced to drastically cut essential services and increase taxes to fund that
mandate. We need leaders who are willing to look for new revenue sources to address the pension crisis and address critical shortfalls in state funding for social services, education, health care, and workforce development.”
“I believe my experience in city government and as an educator provides me with the experience and insight needed to work with legislators, on a bi-partisan basis, to cultivate workable solutions to the many major problems facing the state. I look forward to serving the citizens of Daviess, McLean, and Hancock counties in Frankfort.
I encourage everyone who values responsive representation to join us as we campaign to provide leadership that seeks to unite, rather than divide, all Kentuckians. This perspective will be essential as we forge comprehensive, long-term solutions to address the pension crisis, the proper funding of K-12 and higher education, workforce development, and the rebuilding of our state’s infrastructure.”