MARTIN – State representative is a position that listens to the concerns of constituents, reduces challenges through legislative actions and finds resources to support district success. James “Jimmy” Rose has declared his candidacy for the 95th District State Representative Race.
“I am running for election because I believe the 95th District has been neglected,” said Rose. “Look at the success of Pike and Perry Counties, the jobs they have brought into the counties. Where are the jobs and new industry in the 95th District? We are losing population because people who want to work are being forced to leave to seek employment. If elected, I will concentrate on creating diverse job opportunities and explore new methods of using coal.”
Rose is no stranger to politics. He was elected to serve two terms as Knott County Clerk from 1977 to 1984. Rose left a year early to run for state representative of the 92nd district, which served residents in Floyd, Letcher and Knott counties. He served in office from 1984 through 1986.
Rose, in addition to his time in politics, has worked in education. Rose played basketball at the University of Kentucky. He later transferred to Georgia Southern University, where he was named All-American three times and was inducted into the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Although his love of basketball is still true today, he knew education was important to his future and he enrolled at East Tennessee State University. While a student at East Tennessee, Rose became interested in politics and eventually transferred his credits to Morehead State University where he earned his Masters in Education.
Rose believes the youth of the county is the key to future success. Creating opportunities that our youth can get involved in will maybe not solve the ever increasing drug problem, but it may reduce the number of youth that seeks out drugs.
Rose says if elected not only will he focus on bringing new jobs to the area, but he also will make the drug problem in Eastern Kentucky, a top priority.
“If we had jobs that paid a living wage, a community theater, more activities for our citizens to do then drugs would not be such a problem,” Rose said. “I believe sometimes people try drugs out of boredom. Kids have too much idle time. I believe by creating jobs and building a community where people have activities to enjoy, then drugs will not seem as attractive.”
Rose plans to promote Eastern Kentucky and work with his counter parts in Frankfort to explore opportunities in coal, create jobs, and combat drugs.
“I am seeking office for the 95th District State Representative to fight for the people of Floyd County,” Rose added. “I will listen to your concerns. I will seek out resources to make this district successful and a place where people can work and earn a living wage. I am not in this race to accommodate special interest groups. My number one concern is helping the people of Floyd County.”
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.