from the Campaign

[Sentinel News Letter to the Editor] John Wills

It is our job as Voters to interview candidates and select the candidate that offers the best skills to be our legislator.

Ed Gallrein is out front here for me.

I first meet Ed when Bill Gallrein introduced us at farm.

Ed had just moved here to be near family after retiring from the Navy.

I found Ed easy to talk to, easy to get to know, easy to respect. Big for me he listens. As I have gotten to know Ed better the respect has grown.

With Ed the work ethic is there. The conservative Christian values are there. The strong Family values are there. The ability to do this job is there.

Ed’s ability to see a problem and the desire and ability to find a solution are there.

Do your job as a voter, get to know Ed. When you do you will vote to elect Ed Gallrein to be your next State Senator.

Folks, who we elect here has never been more important. Our vote, above all else, has to be about putting the best, the strongest, and the most able in office.

That’s why my vote will be to elect Ed Gallrein.

Join me. Go vote for Ed Gallrein.

John Wills

Shelbyville KY

Kentucky Chamber PAC Endorses Ed Gallrein in the 2024 Primary Election for Senate District 7

FRANKFORT, Ky—The Kentucky Chamber Political Action Committee (PAC) has announced the endorsement of Ed Gallrein in the 2024 Primary Election for Senate District 7 representing Anderson, Henry, Jefferson and Shelby County.

Candidates selected by the Kentucky Chamber PAC for endorsement have demonstrated their dedication to making Kentucky more competitive, which will lead to job growth, economic development, and a higher quality of life for the citizens of their districts and the Commonwealth.

Endorsements are based on the candidate’s answers to the Kentucky Chamber PAC’s 2024 Legislative Candidate Survey, understanding of business issues, and past voting records.

Only candidates running for the state legislature who submitted answers to the Kentucky Chamber PAC’s 2024 Legislative Candidate Survey and have a contested primary race were considered for endorsement. This endorsement is for the Primary Election taking place on May 21, 2024. General Election endorsements will take place in the Fall.

The Kentucky Chamber PAC is the independent political arm of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the largest broad-based business organization in Kentucky.


[Sentinel News Letter to the Editor] Bobby Waits

I’m a lifelong Shelby County resident, a former Deputy Sheriff and Jailer who served a career in law enforcement leadership positions. I am writing to endorse Ed Gallrein as the Republican candidate for Kentucky State Senate District 7. Based on my experience I can confidently state that Ed Gallrein is the best choice in this Senate race to effectively represent us in Frankfort.

I was born and raised here in Shelby County where I served for seven years as a Shelby County Deputy Sheriff and 20 years as the Jailer. I also served as the President of the Kentucky Jailers Association (KJA) multiple times.

In my career, I had to carefully navigate challenges and issues that touch multiple groups, from law enforcement and the judicial system to government regulations and bureaucrats. Armed with that experience and knowing Ed’s qualifications and his family well, I can state with full confidence that he is the only candidate in this race with the proven leadership experience and qualifications to represent us. Ed will effectively serve our County and this District as a State Senator at the intersection of state government, federal government, career bureaucrats, and special interests.

Ed has demonstrated the skills necessary to build relationships and develop solutions to keep our communities prospering and safe. He has also demonstrated the courage to stand up to government wrongdoing including politicians and special interests that don’t have “We the People’s” welfare in mind.

I urge all Republican voters in Anderson, Henry, Jefferson (eastern part), and Shelby Counties to support Ed Gallrein on Tuesday, May 21. Ed is the leader we need to represent us effectively and faithfully in Frankfort. Join with me to elect a true proven leader and authentic Champion for the hard-working people of Senate District 7.


Bobby Waits
Shelby County Native, Jailer and Sheriff (Retired), Local Farmer

[Sentinel News Letter to the Editor] Joseph D. Becker

It is my distinct pleasure to offer my strongest endorsement for a fellow career Special Operations Officer who I know well from decades of service together: Captain Edward (Ed) G. Gallrein III, US Navy/SEAL (Ret.), a candidate for Kentucky’s 7th Senate District.

I am a retired career active-duty US Air Force Special Operations helicopter pilot with 27 years of active-duty service. My assignments include numerous leadership positions in Special Operations Aviation Units and on Joint Special Operations staffs around the globe, culminating as Chief of Staff for the Joint Special Operations Command. I have supported, served with and under, and commanded SEAL Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers throughout my career.

I first served with Ed as a Navy Lieutenant SEAL Officer in 1988 shortly after he had completed an arduous advanced SEAL skills training and selection program for assignment to the SEAL Special Mission Unit at which he was assigned to a SEAL Officer leadership position; I was the Air Force liaison officer to that unit and worked closely with him in the planning for and conduct of complex special operations missions all over the world. Afterwards, I served with him numerous times all over the globe throughout the remainder of our careers including combat in several conflicts. We were also War College classmates where he was at the top of our class of over 240 Senior Military officers as a Distinguished Graduate with Honors.

Ed always distinguished himself as a courageous SEAL and leader under pressure – never shying away from making tough calls, including in combat. Additionally, I recall Ed routinely volunteering for and accepting the most arduous assignments and back-to-back deployments where he excelled in the most challenging conditions. Ed also distinguished himself in retirement as a Senior Advisor for Special Operations where he expertly applied his experience and extensive advanced education and stood out among his peers.

Ed is one of the most principled and selfless servant-leaders that I have ever met. He has demonstrated the ability to lead and serve and is certain to represent his Senate District with distinction: I ask you to stand with me for Ed for State Senate.

Joseph D. Becker
Colonel (Ret), USAF

[Sentinel News] Local Sheriff Endorses Ed Gallrein

from Sentinel News

I am writing to express my strongest endorsement for Ed Gallrein as the Republican candidate for Kentucky State Senate in District 7. As a lifelong Shelby County resident, and as the former Sheriff with over 33 years of service to our community in law enforcement leadership positions, and having familiarity with the other candidates, I can state authoritatively that Ed Gallrein is undoubtedly the right and only choice in this race to effectively represent us, our values and effectively champion the issues that matter most to our County and district.

I grew up here in Shelby County on our family farm. I served 13 years as Chief Deputy Sheriff of Shelby County, and I was elected four times (serving 16 years) as the Sheriff of Shelby County. As a result of my many years of extensive law enforcement duties and activities throughout this part of Kentucky, I know this County and this district and its people well. I also know Ed and his family well, so I can state with 100% confidence that we are fortunate to have a candidate in this race with such an extraordinary and unmatched record of authentic and proven leadership and accomplishment from the farm to the battlefield and back to the farm to serve our County and this district.

Ed Gallrein’s impressive background as a 5thgeneration family farmer speaks for itself — as all in this area know that his family have demonstrated excellence in Agriculture for over 100 years. His remarkable career as an active duty Navy SEAL Officer and Army Ranger spans three decades and includes leading hundreds of SEALs and thousands of troops all over the world. He is a battle-tested leader who served at the highest levels of leadership that also included formulating foreign policy and national security strategy. Impressively, and evidence of his courage and dedication, Ed earned three Bronze Stars, the Army Combat Parachutist Badge with Bronze Star, as well as two Presidential Unit Citations (each comparable to a Navy Cross), among numerous other awards and decorations. Not only did Ed achieve excellence on the battlefield, but he also excelled in education, too, by earning an undergraduate degree in Agriculture, as well as graduate degrees in Agriculture, Financial Management, Military Intelligence, and National Security Strategic Studies (with honors). Note: A little known fact is that Ed is also a Business Executive Leadership Coach for an International Company based on his expertise, knowledge and understanding of business.

Ed has pledged to donate his entire Senate salary to charities in our communities and scholarships for our youth. This further exemplifies his dedication to giving back and investing in the future of our district through selfless service as his family is well known for here in the County.

This is the kind of authentic and genuine experienced leader with the skills and grit we need to navigate the complexities of Frankfort politics, build relationships, formulate solutions and advance legislation and policies that keep our communities in this County and district thriving and safe.

In conclusion, I wholeheartedly urge all voters in Anderson, Henry, Jefferson (eastern part), and Shelby Counties to support Ed Gallrein on Tuesday, May 21. With his proven leadership, dedication to serving our communities, and selfless commitment to public service, Ed is the candidate we need to represent us in Frankfort. Together, let’s elect a true and authentic leader and Champion for the hard-working people of Senate District 7.

Mike Armstrong
Shelby County native
Sheriff (retired) and local farmer

[Sentinel News Letter to the Editor] S.W. Davis Col USMC (Ret)

Writer endorses Gallrein

It is a distinguished pleasure to provide my strongest endorsement for Captain Ed Gallrein III, (USNavy/SEAL (Ret)), a Republican candidate for Kentucky’s 7th Senate District in the May 21, 2024 primary.

I am a retired United States Marine Corps Colonel with more than 30 years of active duty service to include combat tours in Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1990-91), Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan 2002 & East Africa (CJTF-HOA) 2003-2004) and Operation Iraq Freedom (2005-2006). An infantry officer by trade, I have spent many years in Marine Corps Reconnaissance Units and Special Operations assignments culminating as the Deputy Commander, Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC). Upon retiring I have continued to consult and train USSOCOM units to include all SEAL Teams on both coasts.

I met Ed Gallrein when I was assigned to the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) at Ft Bragg, now Ft Liberty, NC in 1997. We worked closely on a daily basis for the next 2 years providing liaison, planning and operational expertise to Combatant Commanders with particular focus on the US Central Command and the Middle East. This partnership has been continuous to the present day and includes work consulting in support of Special Operations across the globe. Of note, Ed Gallrein received an individual award for superior performance for work with Polish Special Forces, work that ensured enhanced capability in an Allied nation’s premier force.

Many things about Ed Gallrein stand out immediately. No. 1, he is a true force of nature. Ed is a natural leader and routinely demonstrates proactive leadership. He is highly intelligent and always takes the initiative in leading people, using a farmer’s no nonsense approach to problem solving and developing plans to achieve superior results. His endurance is legendary. He has always had more energy than five 5 year olds! He’s tough. You already know that given his biography and the endorsements from his fellow SEALs. But his greatest qualities are his values, his love of family and his yearning to return to his birthplace and farm in Kentucky. Ed is a solid, just, Christian man who knows what right is. He is decisive, courageous and relentless in pursuing justice, bringing resolution to difficult problems, and finding the way to a ‘win win’ solution that benefits all.

Don’t miss this opportunity to make Ed Gallrein your State Senate candidate. His proven record of accomplishment and selfless service speaks for itself. Please allow one of our best to continue to serve and represent you, the good people of the 7th Senate District, with distinction.

Semper Fidelis,

S.W. Davis
Col USMC (Ret)

Gallrein Ushers in 2024 with a Pledge for Kentucky Senate District 7

Shelbyville, KY — Edward (Ed) G. Gallrein III (a 5thgeneration farmer of the Gallrein Farms Family, a retired career U.S. Navy SEAL Senior Officer, and an Army Ranger) has kicked off the new year by releasing his initial campaign plan for the Kentucky State Senate and pledging his support for issues important to the people of District 7: Agriculture, Economic Development, Education, and Veterans Affairs and Public Safety. Gallrein has also pledged to donate his entire Senate salary once in office.

The announcement comes after Gallrein formally filed for Kentucky State Senate District 7 – visiting the Kentucky Capitol building between farmwork and campaigning. The primary election will be held on Tuesday, May 21, and will be open to all eligible Republican voters living in Anderson, Henry, Jefferson (eastern part), and Shelby Counties.

“I’m running for public office to continue to serve and be a Champion for the hard-working people of Senate District 7,” said Gallrein. “Supporting the values of the people and businesses in this District and being their voice in Frankfort is what my campaign slogan “We the People” means.” 

“I’m a battle-tested leader with a farmer’s frugality, work ethic and long-term perspective. I’m ready to build relationships, develop solutions, and fight for our values in Frankfort. I pledge to be a tireless Champion for our residents and prioritize issues based on their voices including Agriculture, our Economy, Education, Veterans and Public Safety. Additionally, I pledge to donate my Senate salary to charities in our communities and scholarships for our youth, for the benefit of the hardworking people of District 7 who I will selflessly serve.” 

Ed Gallrein’s Campaign Pledge:

Advocating for Agriculture, Economic Development, Education & Veterans.

AGRICULTURE: Ed Gallrein is committed to advocating for agri-business and farmers’ interests, drawing from his extensive agricultural roots as a 5th generation farmer. Armed with both a bachelor’s and graduate degree in agriculture, as well as many years of farming experience, Gallrein’s plan upon assuming office includes joining the Senate Agriculture Committee to amplify the voices of farmers and be an Ambassador for farmers to his fellow legislators. Gallrein is an active member of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association, the Kentucky Soybean Association, and the Kentucky Corn Growers. He is also a member of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture AG Veterans Steering Committee to advocate and advance opportunities for military Veterans in agriculture. Gallrein has already begun developing relationships with legislators involved with this committee.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:  Ed Gallrein believes Senate District 7 deserves a fair share of state-appropriated funds and resources.  Gallrein intends to join the Economic Development Committee to utilize his background and experience in business (including being a certified business owner/operator coach and a farmer), along with his graduate degree in Financial Management to be an advocate for the district.  His objective is to foster a diverse and thriving economic ecosystem within the district, nurturing future growth, prosperity, and sustainability in a manner that ensures that development is in line with the wants, needs and best interests of the communities he represents.  He intends to build relationships with his fellow Senators and Representatives, and be an Ambassador for this district’s rural communities to all Kentucky legislators.  Gallrein has already begun developing relationships with legislators involved with this committee.

EDUCATION: Ed Gallrein recognizes the pivotal role that Education plays in shaping the district’s future. Gallrein’s own educational opportunities made a huge impact on his life trajectory, and his family includes multiple dedicated public schoolteachers. Once in office, Gallrein aims to join and contribute to the Education Committee using his Certified Post Secondary Instructor skills and experience as a senior faculty member at the Joint Special Operations University. As a father of four and a grandfather of four, Gallrein’s focus will be on ensuring that our children and grandchildren receive a top-tier education. Gallrein has already begun developing relationships with legislators involved with this committee.  Gallrein will prioritize fundamental skills such as reading, writing, and arithmetic – and put kids first, and advance vocational and technical education and training opportunities to provide tradesman and a skilled workforce to businesses and industries.

VETERANS, MILITARY AFFAIRS, & PUBLIC PROTECTION: Once again, Ed Gallrein intends to join the legislative committee that advances Veterans and Military Affairs issues as well as public safety and security. Gallrein is a supporter of patriots, law enforcement, and first responders who have served and who continue to serve our Nation, and, therefore, plans to be an Ambassador for them to his fellow legislators.  Gallrein is also a defender of the 2nd Amendment.  Additionally, he will apply his extensive military experience and Top Secret – Sensitive Compartmented Information security clearance to ensure our District and the Commonwealth remains safe and secure.

“With your support on May 21, it would be my honor to put my experience to work for you and your family,” said Gallrein. “I have worked for decades alongside government officials, across the entire inter-agency spectrum, from U.S. Military Leaders to Ambassadors. I know that my background will help me greatly to advance the priorities of District 7 residents. I believe I have the proven leadership experience that is needed to work through complex issues, build better relationships, and develop solutions in the Senate.

Gallrein’s decision to pursue office stems from his desire to continue his service to others—this time in his own community. He is a decorated combat veteran, passionate supporter of our Veterans, and a seasoned leader. During Gallrein’s nearly 40-year career in military leadership, management and advisory roles, he was responsible for leading multiple Navy SEAL Units and Joint Special Operations Task Forces and Units involved in sensitive high-stakes military activities and operations around the globe, including in high intensity combat missions.

Born and reared on a family farm in Kentucky, Gallrein has lived a full life as a passionate, Kentucky farmer. His family has distinguished themselves for over 100 years with excellence in agriculture, community, and public service. Gallrein himself continues this family’s farming legacy today as a 5th generation farmer; he manages a thriving farm and horse stable with his wife, Heather, in Shelby County.

Visit to learn more about Edward G. Gallrein III and for updates on his 2024 senate campaign.


[Sentinel News Letter to the Editor] Master Chief Petty Officer Drew Sande, US Navy/SEAL (Retired)

It is my pleasure to provide my endorsement with confidence for a fellow career active-duty Navy SEAL who is a candidate for Kentucky’s 7th Senate District: Captain Edward (Ed) G. Gallrein III, US Navy/SEAL (Retired).

I am a retired career active-duty SEAL Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9) with twenty-six years of active-duty service where I served at all levels of SEAL enlisted leadership including as the SEAL Advanced Training Command’s Senior Enlisted Leader. I now serve as the President of the Underwater Demolition Team-SEAL Association, our SEAL alumni group that provides programs to support our Naval Special Warfare (NSW) service members, Veterans and their families.

I first met Ed as Ensign Gallrein in 1984 (fresh out of being commissioned at Naval Officer Candidate School) in SEAL training, famously known as Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training, at the Coronado Naval Amphibious Base, California. Our BUD/S Class started with over 130 students. We were a winter class that historically has a higher failure rate … and we did — only 18 of the original members graduated. Ed distinguished himself throughout BUD/S training through his exceptional work ethic, never quit attitude (including during Hell Week), leadership and teamwork. I fondly recall many after-hours sessions with Ensign Gallrein leading the maintenance and repairs of our BUD/S Class’s Inflatable Boats Small (IBS) fleet to keep them in tip top condition as our primary means of transport, a factor that was part of the BUD/S Instructor’s evaluation of our Class to determine if we had attention to detail and Teamwork to be SEALs. (These are vital characteristics for SEALs and SEAL Teams.)

Ed graduated from BUD/S and went on to serve as an active-duty member of the elite SEAL Officer community in numerous leadership positions for a career that covered three decades, reaching the rank and position of Commodore (a senior Captain in Command of an operational NSW/SEAL Group).

Ed continues to serve tirelessly as a leader after retiring from active duty. In fact, he volunteered to assume the role as President of the UDT-SEAL Association’s Mid-South Chapter (which includes Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas) when he got home to his farm in Kentucky. Additionally, evidence of his continued passion to serve is the fact that started an annual Navy SEAL Family Picnic and fundraiser at Gallrein Farms to bring SEAL Team Veterans throughout the area and surrounding states together for fellowship (and next year will be the 9th annual event). The event also raises funds from local area patriotic and generous sponsors to support programs much needed by our SEAL Team Veterans, widows, orphans, and wounded. Ed also stepped up to assume the role as the area Ambassador for the SEAL Veterans Foundation, our sister organization for fundraising.

Ed has demonstrated the ability to effectively lead and selflessly serve others, and he is certain to represent his Senate District in an exemplary manner. I invite you to join me and support Ed Gallrein for State Senate.


Master Chief Petty Officer Drew Sande, US Navy/SEAL (Retired)
President, UDT-SEAL Association