June 21, 2018 Media

Kentucky has hope in Pope

After seeing the state pension systems unravel and the negative changes to education, Tom Pope felt called to run for office.

Pope is running for the state’s 84th House District representing all of Perry County and part of Harlan County.

Pope is a retired educator and associate dean of business at  Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKCTC).

He’s taught business classes and was an assistant football coach at Harlan High School early in his career. He later worked as an insurance agent and partner in his family business Pope Insurance Agency.

In 1998, he served one term in the House for 88th House District.

“I felt called to run for state representative when I became concerned that I was seeing the unraveling of our state pension systems,” Pope said. “And I feel our educational system from kindergarten thru college has seen negative changes and needs reassurance from our leaders that we will support them and make only positive changes with input from stakeholders.”

Pope was a school board member for 10 Years and chairman for eight years at Harlan Independent School system.  

He retired from SKCTC as the interim chief business officer in 2015. He now works part-time as an accountant at Carroll Engineering Company, a mining industry supplier specializing in mine safety and communication equipment and repair — doing business in Kentucky and several states throughout the United States.

“I also have a great concern for the health and wellness systems in Kentucky, that are at risk (over 100,000 losing healthcare and over $300,000,000 in new bureaucracy),” Pope said. “I look forward to working with community leaders to improve our employment situation in southeast Kentucky.

“I feel my experience in education and community leadership and my relationship with present and past members of the General Assembly put me in a position to help the people of Perry and Harlan Counties to a better future.”

For more information about Pope visit his Facebook page.