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Governor Fletcher makes campaign stop at Cumberlands


Fletcher answers a student’s question during his visit to the University of the Cumberlands campus October 24. Seated behind Fletcher is his running mate for Lt. Governor, Robbie Rudolph and his wife Lisa.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher made a campaign stop October 24 at the University of the Cumberlands’ Boswell Campus Center. Fletcher is currently seeking his second term in office.

“This election is about values,” said Fletcher. In addition to talking about his administration’s passage of the fetal homicide bill and the increase in infant screening, Fletcher expressed his continued support of Cumberlands’ proposed pharmacy school.


Ernie Fletcher speaks to a room full of students, faculty, staff and dignitaries during his visit to the University of the Cumberlands campus October 24.

During the question and answer period, Warry Woodard, a junior at Cumberlands, asked Fletcher what he had done to combat Kentucky’s teenage smoking problem. Fletcher responded that he has raised the cigarette tax, which has led to a nine percent drop in teen smoking. He also credited First Lady Glenna Fletcher’s Get Healthy Kentucky initiative.

“University of the Cumberlands is honored to have Governor Ernie Fletcher on campus today to speak to our students, faculty and staff and to answer any questions they may have concerning the issues of the current campaign,” said Dr. Jim Taylor, president of University of the Cumberlands. “Following the election, we will welcome a return visit to again give our students, faculty and staff an opportunity to address issues of importance to them.”

Taylor noted that gubernatorial candidate Steve Beshear has been extended an invitation to also visit Cumberlands.

University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, is a private liberal arts college in its 118th year of operation. Cumberlands offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study, 30 minors and nine pre-professional programs, graduate degrees and certifications in education as well as online programs.