HAZARD — The deadline to file candidacy for the 2016 elections has arrived. District 84, which includes all of Perry County and a large portion of Harlan County will have three candidates for state representative on the ballot from Perry County. The two Democrats, incumbent Fitz Steele and challenger Kenneth Hall, will face off against each other in May. As of this week, a Republican from Perry County has also joined the race.
Chris Fugate filed candidacy as a Republican for state representative of the 84th District. Fugate has worked in law enforcement with the Kentucky State Police and he is currently the pastor of the Gospel Light Baptist Church in Hazard. The Hazard Herald plans to reach out to Fugate to hear some of his ideas for District 84, with his comments hopefully published in next week’s paper.
The May primary is set for May 17. The general election will be Nov. 8. To register as a voter, or to obtain information on Kentucky elections, visit the Kentucky Board of Elections website at elect.ky.gov. The Kentucky State House of Representatives, in which all candidates of the race will be seeking office, is currently holding session in Frankfort. State Representatives play a vital role in crafting the laws that legislate Kentucky. Fitz Steele has served as the District 84 representative since 2009.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.