January 7, 2020 Blog, Press Release

Redwine Selected as 99th District Special Election Nominee, Will Seek Democratic Nomination







Rocky Adkins, the gentleman from Elliott, dedicated himself to the people of the 99th District and worked to make Eastern Kentucky a better place for all of those who call it home. Notably, he brought a new community and technical college to the area, aerospace science education, thousands of good paying jobs to the hills of Kentucky, while building better roads and protecting pensions for public employees and teachers.  After being selected to serve as the Governor’s Senior Advisor, Rocky’s House seat in Frankfort will be vacant for the first time in thirty-three years. Today, Democrat William H. “Bill” Redwine announced he will seek the Democratic nomination to serve as state representative in Kentucky’s 99th House District.

Redwine said, “As state representative, Rocky Adkins was a difference-maker for the people of the 99th District and throughout eastern Kentucky. Our next state representative must be a difference-maker, someone who will continue building on Rocky’s legacy. I am prepared to be that kind of state representative.”

Like Adkins, Redwine is a Sandy Hook native, and lifelong advocate and friend of public education and public employees.  Redwine was a dedicated employee of Morehead State University for nearly forty years. As Rocky Adkins would say, Bill is an Eagle from the top of his head to the bottom of his feet.  While at Morehead State, he worked to strengthen alumni relations and charitable giving, before assuming the role as Assistant Vice President of Auxiliary Services where he introduced new technology to the office for the betterment of students and staff.

As a former school board member for the Rowan County Public Schools, Redwine worked to strengthen the local education system.  He understands the value of public education and that it is the key to ending the cycle of poverty and the opioid epidemic. Redwine values the school bus driver, the teacher, the coach, the support staff, and every individual working to make sure our children receive the quality education they deserve.  Having a son who currently teaches in the school system, he knows that it is no easy task and changes must be made for the betterment of our teachers and our students.

Redwine has a true passion for giving back to his community.  As past president and active member of the Morehead Optimist Club, Redwine helped raise over two million dollars to support youth athletics, child abuse prevention, Shop with a Trooper, theater and speech, gifted and talented programs, and other programs for local youth.  Redwine continues to serve on the Foundation Board of St. Claire Regional Medical Center to ensure that people in his community have access to quality and affordable healthcare.

When asked about Bill Redwine stepping up to serve the 99th District, former Representative Rocky Adkins said, “I am honored to support Bill Redwine as he seeks to represent the good people of Rowan, Elliott, and Lewis counties.  I grew up with Bill in Sandy Hook and have worked with him for many years. He has the vision and ability to lead the 99th District.  He is active in his community and I know that he will represent his constituents and be a voice for them in Frankfort.”

If elected to serve the 99th District, Bill Redwine will continue building on his predecessor Rocky Adkins’ legacy fighting for working families.  He will work to ensure that all constituents in the 99th District have access to affordable healthcare, a living wage and the ability to provide for their families, a strong public education for their children, and the opportunity for a better tomorrow.

Redwine filed to run as State Representative for the 99th District on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at the Secretary of State’s Office in Frankfort as the Democratic Party’s Nominee for the Special Election to be held on February 25, 2020 and for the May Primary on May 19, 2020.  Following his filing, he will make a stop in Sandy Hook at the Frosty Freeze before heading to Lewis County where he will visit the local newspaper. Redwine will end his day in Morehead at the Fuzzy Duck Coffee Shop with an announcement kickoff at 5:00 P.M., the kickoff event will be headlined by Rocky Adkins. All events are open to the public.