Rep. Rocky Adkins greets Willet McClam, Jr., a day resident at Hickman County Senior Center
(Clinton KY) - Kentucky House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins came through the River Counties on a campaign swing that takes him as far from his home as he can get. Adkins, who is running to be the Democratic nominee for governor in the May 21st primary, spoke briefly at the Hickman County Senior Citizen Center. He spent two thirds of his visit shaking hands with local residents who spend their days at the Center. He also heard from local Democrats on what they hope a Democratic governor can bring to their county.
Adkins recounted his biography - growing up in Elliott County, playing college basketball for Morehead State, running for office as a very young man and being a cancer survivor. He said as a resident of a rural county, he understands the needs of rural Kentucky. Adkins said in an interview that he will push for infrastructure - roads, water and sewer projects, and increased internet access.
Adkins supports free community college classes both for high school graduates and for workers in need of retraining. In his home area, coal jobs are going and not coming back. He said he is being well received on the campaign trail. When asked what constituents are telling him, he said "Teachers are concerned about pensions." Additionally, union members and those concerned about health care. He wants to be sure rural Kentucky has a seat at the table.
In addition to the Senior Citizen Center, Adkins stopped at the Hickman County Times for an interview.