Filing day update: Rep. Combs withdraws re-election bid

01/26/2016 12:47 PM

As she enters her 10th year in the state House Rep. Leslie Comb, D-Pikeville, has decide to not seek another two year term.

In a long posting on her Facebook page Combs said that the choice to not seek re-election was a tough one.

“The decade I have spent working for the people of the 94th State House District has been one of the most professionally rewarding periods of my life, and I will always look back with pride on the lasting accomplishments of which I have been a part,” Combs said.

“I am especially proud of the work we did on the coal county scholarships that are making it easier for students in the mountains to get their four-year college degree close to home,” she continued. “For me, helping our coal families is a way of life and not just a bumper sticker.”

Remarking on the political environment, Combs said “the powerful interests and political elite in Washington have all too often put their own agendas ahead of the hard-working people of Eastern Kentucky, the people who literally keep our lights on.”

“No matter what lies in my future, I will continue to be a champion for our families and give voice to those who are too often not heard,” Combs added. “In that spirit, I will continue working with people across Kentucky to implement the SOAR initiative to provide job growth and economic opportunity to Eastern Kentucky.”

“I will also continue to work on solutions to help end the drug epidemic that has hurt too many of our families.”

In the posting, she indicated that she would continue to advocate for the region and the Democratic Party in Kentucky.

“This decision is not meant to be a “good bye,” but rather an opportunity to take on new and exciting challenges,” Combs wrote. “I wanted you to learn of my decision first and to know that I have worked tirelessly to make our home a better place to live and work. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your State Representative. Thank you for the opportunity to work for you over the last 10 years. My family and I will always treasure it.”

Democrat Joel Thornbury, a third generation pharmacist from Pikeville filed for the seat on Tuesday.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@twcnews.com.

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