First District Representation
Some have already declared that West Ky. has been slighted with the geographical make-up of the Beshear Transition Team. After reviewing the names I can't really come to that conclusion. What the list does not provide is that some of Steve Beshear's closet friends may not be on the transition team and probably did not want to be. I can assure you that there are a number of people who have the new Governor's ear that don't appear on the list. I will include some these as well as those from the First District that are on the transition team. I believe the First District will be well represented in this administration.
Mike Foster- Foster, Soyars & Associates, Formerly Trimble, Soyars and Breathitt. Christian Co. Attorney for over 20 years. One of Beshears oldest political friends & advisors.
Paul Turner- Attorney and former business partner of Steve Beshear.
Judge Sid Easley- Judge Easley is a former Circuit Judge and past Chairman of the Murray State Board of Regents. Long time friend and advisor to Beshear.
Mike Miller- Marshall Co. Judge Executive Mike Miller. Miller helped rally the troops as he always does in the Purchase. Miller may be seeking to run for the State Senate. One can be assured that Judge Miller does not have the time to serve on a transition team.
Bill Cunningham- Former Judge and now Kentucky Supreme Court Justice.
Transitions Team Members from First District
Rev. John Dunaway-Retired Baptist Minister
Sandy Watkins- Henderson Co. Judge Executive
Glenn Denton, Attorney
Howard Walker, Former Sheriff
Phil Hazle- Jailor
Danny Koons-EDC Director, lives in Slaughters
Doug Taylor- Engineer
Shannon Knight- Dr. Dan man & from the Knight & Hale Game Call Clan
Brucie Moore-Union Co. Attorney
Bill Cox- Resident of Louisville but former Legislator and Mayor of Madisonville. Cox also served as Federal Highway Administrator in the Carter Administration. Son, Will serving first term as Mayor of Madisonville.
Shelia Hawkins- A Hopkinsville native. Shelia Higgins Hawkins has served in numerous administrations. Her Husband Walter, is a former football coach at Hopkinsville HS and was a coach and principal at Shelby Co. HS. Son, Walter is a Bowling Green Attorney and political consultant.