People over partisianship, McKenzie runs for House
Putting people over partisanship, R.B. McKenzie wants to bring good-paying jobs back to Kentucky communities.
McKenzie is running for the state’s 98th House District which includes all of Greenup and part of Boyd counties.
A lifelong resident of Greenup County, McKenzie has seen firsthand the challenges facing Kentuckians in his district.
“In over 25 years as a financial adviser for working people of our area, I have seen firsthand the struggles this region has faced,” McKenzie said. “If elected, I pledge to put people over partisanship, and work with leaders from both sides to bring good-paying jobs back to our communities, while protecting our economy from reckless, politically-driven policies that endanger the hard-earned pensions of retirees, and reduce wages for workers.”
In addition to his career as a financial adviser for the working families, McKenzie has served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church Russell for the past 20 years.
He currently serves as a board member of the Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital Foundation and was a former board member of the Russell Education Endowment Foundation.
His wife, Christie, has worked as a public school teacher in Greenup and Boyd Counties for 26 years. Their two daughters, Kelsey and Chloe, attended Russell High School. Their eldest daughter attends college and their youngest is on her way next fall.
McKenzie believes that the 98th District needs a leader who will stay focused on bringing the next big development. Complacency is not an option.
“We must continue to diversify the economy of eastern Kentucky to create even more opportunity for our region,” McKenzie said. “There are a few key ingredients to making that happen:
- Continued investment in K-12 public education to give our young people the tools they need to become the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
- Aggressive utilization of resources like Ashland Community and Technical College’s Technology Drive campus on the Industrial Parkway, building on our legacy of highly skilled workers.
- Incentives for our college graduates to come back after completing their education and start a business, buy a home, or teach in our classrooms.
- Supporting our local businesses to compete in an economy that too often favors the big guys.
- If elected, he will champion these causes to help Greenup & Boyd Counties stake their claim in the 21st-century economy.
“When we face budget challenges, education is too often the first item on Frankfort’s chopping block,” McKenzie said. “As state representative, I will demand that the security of our education system is always at the top of the legislative agenda.”
Job creation starts with quality education, according to McKenzie who will work with nearby universities and technical colleges to invest in job training programs for students pursuing professional or vocational fields.