HAZARD — Kenneth Hall is no stranger to public service. He has worked in the education and law enforcement professions and held an elected position on the Perry County School Board. Now Hall has decided to once again enter the public realm by launching a campaign for state representative in the 84th district, which covers all of Perry County and a large portion of Harlan County.
Hall officially announced his campaign on January 7, which is also his birthday. As a Democrat, Hall will be running against the incumbent, Fitz Steele, in the May primary election. Hall claims his love for Southeastern Kentucky is the reason he decided to join the race.
“Times are tough for folks in the mountains,” Hall said in a statement announcing his candidacy, “More of my neighbors are struggling just to get by today than there have been in any other time I remember.”
Despite the issues facing folks in the mountains, Hall says he believes there is hope in overcoming tribulation.
“Things can get better for us, but we must take action now, if we are to harbor any hope for securing a brighter tomorrow. We need leadership that is poised to take a stand and fight for our people.”
Hall pledges to represent all communities in the district equally. If elected, he says his administration will focus on bringing better infrastructure and technology resources, such as broadband, to District 84, and Hall pinpoints job creation as the most important need for the people of Perry County and Harlan County.
“We cannot afford to wait for new jobs any longer,” says Hall, “Education will be another top priority in my administration. Our children are among the brightest in the nation, and they deserve the same resources children in other regions receive.”
Expanded tourism initiatives and better roads are also among the top priorities of his agenda. Hall plans to hit the campaign trail immediately and reach out to the many individual communities, which join together to form District 84.
Kenneth Hall is a native of Hazard. Currently, he serves as the chair of the Perry County Cemetery Board of Directors, as owner of Riverside Cemetery and Resthaven Cemetery. As representative, Hall says he will devote 100 percent of his time and his work to the elected position and stand strictly for the needs of the people he represents at the General Assembly.
Election Day is May 17. The final day to file for candidacy is January 28.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.