Stratton best choice to replace Denny

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When a team is a player short and needs a sub, a good coach will always put his best available player in the game.

Let’s hope Gov. Steve Beshear follows that philosophy and selects Anthony Stratton to fill outgoing 4th District Magistrate Jason Denny’s seat on the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

Denny is leaving the court after winning the county clerk’s seat last Tuesday and as of Tuesday morning, Beshear had not named his replacement.

Not that there aren’t other players on the 4th District’s bench. Stratton lives in the district, as do former Lawrenceburg mayor Bobby Sparrow and former magistrate Alton Warford.

While we have no knowledge if any of the above would even accept such a nomination, each could certainly do the job. But when it comes to overall experience and expertise, Stratton clearly has more to offer.

Along with serving as magistrate, Stratton has also served two years as judge-executive before losing in his party’s primary in 2006.

That loss came as a surprise for many because by most accounts Stratton was an effective judge-executive who guided Anderson County well.

By putting him back on the fiscal court, Beshear would be giving Anderson County an experienced, knowledgeable public servant who would be an asset to his fellow magistrates and Judge-Executive Steve Cornish as the county works it way through challenging financial times.

Of course, Beshear could do the unthinkable and replace Denny, a republican, with another republican, but that is about as likely to happen as president-elect Barack Obama picking Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his secretary of state.

Fortunately, Beshear has a stable of qualified candidates from which to choose. Let’s hope he makes his choice based on what’s best for Anderson County, and that politics are left out of his decision.