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