Mike Broihier's resumé includes a wide range of occupations: farmer, educator, former small-town newspaper editor and Marine officer.

And, while the Lincoln County resident is running as a Democrat in the race for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, he says his decision to seek elected office for the first time is not a career move.

"It's not my first shot (at elected office), it's my (one) shot. This isn't the beginning of another career," Broihier said. "It's not about being a senator, it's about beating Mitch McConnell and serving Kentucky. There's no aspirations beyond that."

Broihier, 57, officially launched his campaign last July on a campaign message of "economic and social justice for every Kentuckian and every community."

He is one of 10 Democratic candidates that will appear on the May 19 primary ballot, which also includes Jimmy Ausbrooks, Charles Booker, Maggie Jo Hilliard, Andrew Maynard, Amy McGrath, Eric Rothmuller, John Sharpensteen, Bennie Smith and Mary Ann Tobin.

The general election will be held Nov. 3.

Broihier said his decision to enter the race was made cumulatively over the last several years, after watching developments in Washington with the election of President Donald Trump and observing McConnell's ongoing actions as majority leader.

"It was the realization that running another 'middle-of-the-road' candidate against Mitch McConnell was not going to do it," he said. "If you look at the times Democrats have put blue on the map in Kentucky, 2008 and 2012, it was when they were energized."

One way to do that, "is to give voters someone to be excited about, and that is a progressive Democrat. Someone who is not going to try to nuance issues or split hairs."

Broihier sees a contrast between himself and both McConnell and McGrath, both who have raised considerable amounts of money in the campaign.

In addition, he said having served as editor of the Interior Journal newspaper, a small weekly in Lincoln County, helped him develop a greater understanding of the struggles Kentucky families and rural communities face.

Broihier and his wife, Lynn, also a retired Marine officer, have a 75-acre farm where they have raised grass-fed beef and pastured poultry, pigs and sheep. Their farm is the largest producer of all-natural asparagus in the region, according to the candidate.

Broihier feels his broad experience has prepared him to represent Kentucky.

"I don't want to be senator for the rest of my life. I have led Marines and sailors around the world for over 20 years," he said.

"People have entrusted their children with me in peacetime and combat. I've even been a substitute teacher. People trust their children to me whether they are Marines or sailors, or kids in school.

"I know how to lead. I know how to keep people safe and make sound, courageous decisions," he said.

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