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LOUISBURG -— A candidate for N.C. House District 7 has received a Kentucky colonel commission.
Dr. Phillip Stover said the award took him by surprise Saturday when his family and friends gathered outdoors at his clinic, Louisburg Family Practice & Pain Management, to inform him of the commission and celebrate his achievement, according to a press release announcing the award issued by Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear.
Stover, a Democrat, said he hopes to expand his life of public service through election to House District 7, which encompasses Franklin County and parts of southern Nash County.
“I see the need to change things in this state and the country,” Stover said. “I am sickened by the hatred and bigotry that we see on a daily basis.”
Stover faces Republican Matthew Winslow, a homebuilder from Franklin County. The district’s seat doesn’t have an incumbent due to Rep. Lisa Barnes choosing to run for the Senate District 11 seat being vacated by Sen. Rick Horner at year’s end.
The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels celebrates the ideal that all can live in the service of people around them, in the local community or globally. It’s the highest title of honor granted by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The Kentucky governor and secretary of state give commissions for Kentucky colonels to individuals in recognition of noteworthy accomplishments, remarkable deeds and outstanding service to a community, state, or the nation.
Kentucky state Sen. Robin Webb nominated Stover for the commission in recognition of his many years of public service and numerous humanitarian efforts.
The award acknowledges that Stover established and managed free and low-cost medical clinics for underserved populations and patients who lack insurance; provided free COVID-19 evaluations and testing for the uninsured; served as volunteer medical director of the first hospice unit in Franklin County; completed 14 international Christian medical or construction missions; participated in multiple recovery efforts after natural disasters in North Carolina and elsewhere; provided training to Army personnel and training for Air Force-sponsored search and rescue missions as a pilot for the Civil Air Patrol and helped to establish the first Habitat for Humanity chapter in Franklin County.
Stover is in good company in receiving the commission. The list of folks honored with Kentucky colonel commissions include Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Ronald Reagan, as well as distinguished international leaders including Sir Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher.