Rocky Adkins

Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, will remain House District 99’s state representative after defeating Republican Wendy Fletcher in Tuesday’s general election, 11,143 to 5,741.

Adkins has represented the area since 1987. The 99th now consists of Rowan, Elliott and Lewis counties.

“I want to take the opportunity to thank everyone who supported and was a part of our campaign,” Adkins said. “I am humbled and honored by the support I received from the people of Elliott, Lewis and Rowan counties. I appreciate the confidence, friendship, support and trust that has been placed in me to serve as your voice in Frankfort.”

Adkins won Rowan County, 6,151 to 2,705. He also won Elliott County by a margin of 2,514 to 431.

Fletcher won Lewis County, 2,605 to 2,478.

Fletcher said she would like to thank the wonderful people of Rowan, Lewis and Elliott counties for openly and honestly discussing the issues facing the district and state.

“Abortion, taxation, health care and school reform, pensions and government transparency are all out there, on the table, ready to be acted upon,” Fletcher said. “We no longer have the threat of a tyrant speaker to stop our Representative from voting our values. As always, I will continue to work hard to make our district better and try my best to be the best wife, mother, Nurse Practitioner, neighbor and friend I can be. Love to all!”

State representatives are elected to two-year terms with no term limits.

The Kentucky House of Representatives is composed of 100 Representatives elected from single-member districts throughout the state.

“I want to thank everyone who supported our efforts, and I look forward to continuing my work on behalf of our region,” Adkins said. “If you ever need help in any way, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.”

Up until this election, Kentucky’s House was the last legislative chamber in the South controlled by the Democratic Party.

Going into the election, the House was made up of 53 Democrats and 47 Republicans.

That shifted when the GOP gained 17 seats, now holding a 64 to 36 seat majority.

Adkins has been the House’s Majority Floor Leader since 2003.

Brad Stacy can be reached at bstacy@themoreheadnews.com or by telephone at 784-4116.