HAZARD — Derrick Bowling filed his papers to run for a spot on the Perry County school board on Thursday at the Perry County Clerk’s Office. He is running for the District 3 spot on the board.
Bowling, a native of Hazard, said the biggest reason that he wants to run for the position of board member is because of his daughter.
“It is such an important time to be a part of the school system with the transition to the new school, under the leadership they have right now, they have improved the school system tremendously,” said Bowling.
He explained one of the other reasons he wants to be elected to the board, he wants to build on the improvements the school board has made by making sure students are ready for college.
“I would like to see that improvement, because ultimately, those people like myself that are fortunate to get a college education, we need those people to come back here. We need them to start a business, to be a part of the community and to serve the community. Instead of staying away after college, we need them to come back,” said Bowling.
Bowling currently works at Kentucky Farm Bureau as an insurance agent and is a member of the Hindman Methodist Church.
He earned a bachelor’s’s degree in business management at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) after he graduated high school.
Bowling has had previous experience in local government. He served as the deputy judge for three years and at the time, was the youngest person to do so in the state.
His wife, Vandi, is a teacher in the Knott County school systems and a great asset to him because of her work as a teacher. Bowling said she often knows what the schools need.
“There is no better person in the world to have by your side when it comes to school systems than a teacher. I got her telling me stories everyday and giving me advice,” said Bowling.
Bowling wants to thank his family and friends for their support and hopes the voters of District 3 will vote for him.
He also said if he is elected, he hopes to serve District 3 with destination.
TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald and he can be reached at 606-629-3245.