Chris Harris talks plans for Pike, Martin counties after primary win

BELFRY, Ky (WYMT) - It was a bad night for several long-time incumbents across eastern Kentucky.

One of those races was the state representative race in Pike and Martin counties.

Pike county magistrate Chris Harris took down incumbent Keith Hall in a tight race that followed some nasty television ads.

In an interview with WYMT's Morgan Lentes following the announcement of his win, Harris had this to say about the results:

Lentes: Congratulations. How are you feeling?

Harris: My throat is a little sore. My voice is going but I feel really good.

Lentes: You know this was really kind of the definition of a close race. We were waiting for that very last precinct, the absentee ballots, were you ever worried?

Harris: We were always confidant but naturally when a race comes down to be so close like that, you are always concerned. But I had faith in the people of this area and they came through for me today.

Lentes: You had a lot of supporters with you today. Was it great to come out and get those cheers?

Harris: Oh I have never had a feeling like that before. It was great!

Lentes: Moving forward, what are you hoping to do for the people of Pike County, of Martin County?

Harris: First we want to clean up the corruption and try to make government more accountable to the people. In a time of declining tax revenue, we have to watch how we are spending our money and make sure it is not wasted on things and projects that are politically motivated. We need to use our tax severance money in ways that benefit the people and of course, education in our area has always got to be key. We have got to give our teachers the tools that they need to teach our kids. I think that is the greatest hope that we have as a region to solve some of the problems that we have.


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