The Republican state senator who is likely to become the next president of the Kentucky Senate says he will be a more inclusive leader should his colleagues make him the successor to David Williams.
State Sen. Robert Stivers, of Manchester, is seeking the post, and the GOP is meeting Thursday to select a new leader.
Many Democrats have been critical of Williams, calling him mean-spirited and vindictive. Stivers declined to comment on that, but says he’ll always be willing to talk to lawmakers who disagree with him.
“My style is going to be, let’s sit down, let’s have dialogue,”Stivers said. “There are things we believe that are core values, things that define us. There will be things we can agree on and things we can’t agree on. But let’s have the dialogue.”
Stivers is currently the majority leader in the Senate.
He has served in the state senate since 1997 and served as majority floor leader since 2009.
Williams is leaving to become a circuit judge.