London man challenging Rogers for Washington

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

Hal Rogers has served 15 terms in Washington, and one London man says he wants to stop him from winning a sixteenth.

Jim Holbert says the best way to reach the voters is to meet them face-to-face.

Holbert ran as an Independent against Rogers in 2008, and won 16 percent of the popular vote. He is a certified teacher and retired military man, and wants to end Hal Rogers' 30-year in office.

"We're the second-poorest district in the nation. We are at rock bottom in health and life expectancy of our people. Frankly, Hal Rogers has represented policies that have failed us economically and in foreign policy," said Holbert.

He wants to end the military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, and focus on fixing the economy.

"If we set the right priorities in Washington, we'll have the right priorities at the state and local level," said Holbert.

He says creating more jobs will also help eastern Kentucky's drug problem.

"I believe the best thing we can do to fight drugs is to give people a future in terms of education and employment opportunities," said Holbert.

Holbert says he supports the miners and the mining jobs, but wants to end mountain top removal.

"I believe mountain top removal is not the best way to remove coal, but it's the cheapest way. There are ways to remove it that preserve the character of the land," said Holbert.

Election Day is Tuesday November 2.

To find Jim Holbert's campaign page, go to this site.

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