PERRY COUNTY — Election Day is Nov. 8. Voter turnout is expected to be high, with the Presidential race happening this year. Voters will also be deciding on their preferred candidate in the election for State Rep. of District 84, which includes all of Perry County and a large portion of Harlan County.
Chris Fugate is the republican candidate in the race for Rep. of District 84. Fugate worked for the Kentucky State Police for 22 years as a Radio Dispatcher, Trooper and Narcotics Detective on the HIDTA Drug Task Force. Since 2011, Fugate has served as the pastor of Gospel Light Baptist Church in Hazard. Fugate is a conservative who has pledged to uphold family values and principles in the legislature and fight for the interests of coal communities in the General Assembly.
The democratic candidate is incumbent Fitz Steele. Steele has served as Rep. of District 84 since 2009. Steele worked in the coal mining business prior to his career in government. During his time in Frankfort, Steele has supported measures to send more coal severance tax money to actual coal produces areas in Kentucky. Earlier this month, Steele pre-filed three bills, dealing with coal severance money, un-mined mineral tax and a sales tax holiday for back to school shopping.
Both candidates are Perry County natives. Facebook can be searched for their campaign pages.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.