Former executive vice president loses state representative race

Taylor Harrison

Kendrick Bryan, the Student Government Association’s former executive vice president, came in second place in the House’s 25th district election for state representative. Bryan was beat out by incumbent Jimmie Lee.

Bryan, running as a Democrat, received 18.62 percent of the vote. Lee won with 77.63 percent and Glenn Fonda, the third candidate, received 3.75 percent.

Going into the election, Bryan said he thought he had a 25 percent chance of winning.

“You never know what’s going to happen on Election Day and I didn’t think I had a zero percent chance because everybody has seen remarkable elections,” Bryan said.

Despite losing the election, Bryan said he could see himself running for state representative again.

“I think the door is open for a future campaign,” Bryan said.

Bryan said the people who voted for him likely did so because he promoted transparency in government—he said people want an honest government.

Early on in Bryan’s campaign, he said he hoped to avoid campaign contributions and he did that — Bryan did not take money from anyone and used roughly $1,000 of his own money during his campaign.

Bryan’s main platform during the race was promoting transparency and he also wanted to help universities and colleges with funding. Bryan said he did not deviate from these platforms throughout his campaign.

“I wouldn’t have changed anything on my platform,” Bryan said. “I simply would have, regarding my campaign, I would’ve knocked on more doors and I would’ve visited more work places.”

Bryan told the Herald earlier in the year that he had expressed a desire to get his political career off the ground before his career as a teacher.

“I’ve always wanted to serve in Frankfort,” Bryan said. “I thought it’d be a good idea to start my political career now, because later in life, I want to be in the classroom.”

Bryan said he still hopes to achieve this goal.

“I would still like to do that,” Bryan said. “I mean, of course I’ll apply for teaching positions because I want to use my degree, but I will likely run in 2014.”

Current members of SGA who worked with Bryan said they thought that he would do well as a state representative and supported his platforms.

Cory Dodds, SGA president, said he thought Bryan had a chance to win because it is good to challenge the status quo.

“In this race, he definitely got his name out there and I think in the future, that’ll just help him out even more,” Dodds said.

Keyana Boka, the current executive vice president, worked very closely with Bryan and said that she thought Bryan being so young appealed to voters in his age group.

“If I was in his district, I would definitely vote for him,” Boka said.

Bryan will come back to WKU as an instructor in the fall.