Candidates in 94th district house race oppose Hillary Clinton
10/21/2016 10:04 AM
Both 94th district House candidates Republican Frankie Justice and Democrat Angie Hatton oppose the policies of Hillary Clinton, advocate for resurrecting the struggling coal industry, as well as diversifying the economy in their eastern Kentucky district.
Justice, the former mayor of Pikeville and current city council member, and Hatton, a Letcher County assistant attorney, are both vying for the open seat currently occupied by Democratic Rep. Leslie Combs after she decided not to seek re-election after 10 years in office.
The district encompasses all of Letcher and part of Pike County.
The negative tone of the campaign is building as both political party’s backed election commercials are attacking the opposing candidate.
Justice claims that Hatton is receiving money from a PAC group which supports the policies of President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, both of which are unpopular in the district.
“I’m not going to say anything about what she does and what she doesn’t do, but those same federal dollars that are backing Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are backing Mrs. Hatton,” Justice said.
Hatton claims that she has no PAC, and is not supporting Hillary Clinton.
She also believes that Justice’s plan to tie her to Obama and Clinton will not work.
“My opponent thinks that people are going to vote straight ticket,” Hatton said. “He thinks that people are mad at Hillary Clinton and they are going to vote for him because of that, that they are mad at all Democrats.
“Well, two thirds of this district is registered Democrats,” she continued. “That does not mean that two thirds of us want to end coal jobs. It certainly doesn’t mean that two thirds are going to vote for Hillary. She’s not going to win down here.”
As for the region, Hatton believes that while coal is still important, the area must diversify its economy through new job skills which will bring new businesses to the region.
“If I can bring coal back, obviously that would be my first priority because that’s been our way of life all of these years but, beyond that, any form of economic diversification that would bring jobs here,” Hatton said.
Justice agrees and says that he has an economic plan to help the economy grow.
“My plan is to offer incentives to these machine type shops, car parts, whatever, to quit pulling our people away from there and put those plants right here where our people can stay and live at home,” Justice said.
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