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Gov. Bevin invites Kentuckians to decide the fate of his facial hair — for a very worthy cause

Lexington Herald-Leader

Gov. Matt Bevin, who has been sporting a full beard in recent weeks, is encouraging Kentuckians to contribute to a very worthy cause while helping him answer a hairy question — “Should I shave or should I grow?”

Individuals are invited to visit http://governor.ky.gov/ShaveOrGrow and cast their vote to determine the fate of the Governor’s facial hair.

Every dollar donated equals one vote, and these tax-deductible contributions will benefit First Lady Glenna Bevin’s foundation, #WeAreKY! Inc., that works to support the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable children through foster care and adoption initiatives.

Voters can choose among the following five options:

•Option #1 – The Samson (a continued full beard, inspired by the Old Testament judge)

•Option #2 – The Anchorman (a 1970s-style mustache, à la fictional newsman Ron Burgundy)

•Option #3 – The Fu Manchu (a horseshoe-shaped goatee, on frequent display during the 1980s)

•Option #4 – The Colonel (a Van Dyke beard, in homage to iconic poultry purveyor Col. Harland Sanders)

•Option #5 – The Clean Shave (the runaway favorite of most post 19th-century Commonwealth chief executives)

“For three months I have heard many comments about my beard. Most women hate it, 100 percent of bearded men love it, and most folks have opinions somewhere in between,” said Gov. Bevin. “Glenna and I have a passion for Kentucky’s 9,000 foster youth and ask you to please consider making a generous tax-deductible contribution to the #WeAreKY! Foundation.

“You can help make a big difference in the life of a young person in the Commonwealth — and have fun letting your opinion on my facial hair be heard while you’re doing it. Vote early and often!”

Online voting will end at 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 10. There will be a 2.75 percent convenience fee collected on each transaction by website administrator Kentucky Interactive.

(provided by Commonwealth of Kentucky Governor's Office)

Paul Hitchcock earned his Masters in Communications from Morehead State University and Bachelors in Radio-TV/Psychology from Georgetown College. A veteran broadcaster for more than 40 years and an avid fan of blues, jazz and American roots music. Hitchcock has been with WMKY since 1986 and was named General Manager in 2003. He currently hosts "Muddy Bottom Blues" (Fri., 8pm-9pm), "Nothin' But The Blues" (Sat., 8pm-12am), "Sunday Night Jazz Showcase" and "Live From The Jazz Lounge" (Sun., 8pm-9pm) and "The Golden Age of Radio" (Sun., 2pm-3pm). He also serves as producer for "A Time For Tales" and "The Reader's Notebook."
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