Candidate for Governor Rocky Adkins speaks on several issues in Kentucky

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) --- Democratic candidate for Kentucky Governor Rocky Adkins spoke to 13 News Friday to discuss several key issues affecting the commonwealth.

A bill legalizing medical marijuana in Kentucky is before the house and Adkins is a proponent of the bill and says it's a vote that is needed to happen.

"For us to be having that debate here in Kentucky, as a cancer survivor, somebody that's had needles in their arms, somebody that has tasted chemo like I have, I can tell you that enough cancer patients that I’ve talked to will tell you that medical marijuana was the relief and the only relief they could find during some of their toughest times," said Adkins.

He also addressed the teacher retirement system.

"So we need to be smarter with this pension oversight board to make sure that those investments are being made right. And I think that the reforms that we put in place as long as we fund it properly moving forward, we have the reforms in place that are working and will work in the future," Adkins said.

Adkins said he wants to make "state government work again for communities across Kentucky."

Adkins' running mate is Stephanie Horne, from Louisville, Kentucky.

Throughout their campaign, Adkins says they will focus on public education, high quality and affordable healthcare, and the fight against the opioid epidemic.

Adkins is running in the primary on May 21, 2019. The general election is November 5, 2019.

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