Debate Held in Pike County

By: MacKenzie Bates Email
By: MacKenzie Bates Email

The May Primary is just weeks away and some people in the 93rd district got a chance to hear from the democratic candidates running for state representative.

Incumbent Keith Hall, Former Pike County Judge Executive Donna Damron and Danny Harvey participated in the debate at Belfry High School.

Damron and Harvey criticized Hall and the State Legislature for not passing a budget.

“Now we're going to send them back at the rate of $60,000 plus a day to do the job that already paid to do,” Damron says.

“Everybody has to work together and get what you can get,” Harvey says. “You always get you want but you get what's best you can get for your people back here.”

“I've stood for the common people of all the creek,” Hall says. “For the people that didn't have a voice, for the people who could not speak. I've stood for those people, the poor, the everyday common folk that go to work that love their family that go to church on Sunday and want to do what's right for their people back home”

All the candidates believe coal mining is a big reason why Kentucky is becoming an energy giant despite more regulations and opposition to Mountaintop Removal.

“They need to come here and live here and learn a little more about it before they are so judgmental because I support mountaintop removal,” Damron says.

Hall says many businesses would not be in Kentucky if it were not for the low energy costs in this state because of coal.

“Do you think a third of the steel production's made here in Kentucky and 40-percent of the aluminum made here in Kentucky,” Hall says. “Do you know why? Because of the eight cents per kilowatt hour energy that on the backs of the coal miners, strip miners, mountaintop development miners and underground miners provide this state.”

Voters will choose a democratic candidate on May 18th.

The winner in the democratic primary will run against the only republican in the race, Raul Torres Urias the second, in November.

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