Cherry will champion policies for hard-working families
Having grave concerns about things happening in Frankfort, Vietnam veteran, marine Malcolm Cherry stepped forward and entered the race for the statehouse.
He’s running to represent Kentucky’s 17th House District which includes Butler County and part of Warren County.
Republican incumbent Rep. Jim DeCesare announced he wouldn’t run for re-election after he was part of a confidential sexual harassment settlement involving three other House Republicans — one including the speaker of the House.
“We need someone with a strong devotion to God, family, and the community, who has the courage to stand up to do what is right for our district,” Cherry said. “I promise to champion policies that help Kentucky’s hard-working families, and am committed to ensuring that every voice is heard and represented with honor.”
Cherry graduated from high school at 17 and joined the Marine Corps to serve in Vietnam. While there, he was affected by Agent Orange like many of his fellow marines, but Cherry has not let any challenge stand in his way.
For his service, Cherry earned and was honored with the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Presidential Unit Citation and Combat Action Ribbon.
After returning home, Cherry graduated from Western Kentucky University and spent six years as a machinist and chief steward welder in the United Automobile Workers Union.
Cherry is both a successful and pragmatic businessman.
For the past 40 years, he has started and managed his own companies in the welding and machining industry. He founded his own business American Machine and Welding in 1978 and founded Metals-N- More in 2004.
The new tariffs that President Trump has imposed on steel will make his business more difficult and expensive.
A devout Catholic and member of Saint Joseph Catholic Church, Cherry is also active in a large number of military organizations including Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Marine Corps League, and AmVets. He’s an advocate of the Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots program. Cherry wants to help all veterans get the resources that they deserve.
Once elected, Cherry will continue to work to help veterans and all Kentuckians affected by the Republican majority’s agenda.
“Lately, I have had grave concerns about things happening in Frankfort, where current policymakers want to change the retirement system for state employees, teachers, firefighters, police, and highway workers,” he continued. “I find the proposed changes unacceptable. The state of Kentucky made a promise many years ago and ‘a promise made should be a promise kept.”
Once elected, Cherry will listen to and work closely with the citizens, businesses, and farmers of the 17th District, saying the Legislature must “ strive to improve our economy, bring good paying jobs, and high-quality educational opportunities to our communities.”