FRANKFORT - Pike County Magistrate Chris Harris has filed to run for Kentucky state representative for the 93rd District, which is made up of Martin County and a portion of Pike County.
Accompanied by his family, Harris filed the necessary paperwork Friday with the Kentucky Secretary of State in order to appear on the ballot for the May 20 primary election. Chris and his wife, Leslie, live at Forest Hills, in Pike County, with their three children, Corbin, Wilson and Emma.
“I sat down with my family over the holidays and really talked through this decision to run for state representative. We made the decision for me to run, and they are behind me 100 percent, “ he said.
Harris, an attorney, holds an accounting degree from the University of Kentucky as well as a law degree from Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law. He was admitted to practice law in 1996 and practices in both Kentucky and West Virginia. A former president of the Kentucky Association of Counties, Harris currently serves as District 6 magistrate in Pike County, a position he has held since 2003.
“Serving in local government has given me a unique perspective on the real needs of our area,” Harris said. “I have seen that government spending can be wasteful, and if given the chance, I will make every effort to ensure that the public’s tax dollars are spent wisely.”
As magistrate, Harris has pushed strongly for more accountability and transparency in government spending.
He has represented a number of his constituents before the Public Service Commission and led the fight for an audit of Pike County’s Mountain Water District by the Kentucky State Auditor’s Office.
“Being elected to serve the public is truly an honor. Those of us selected for that honor must remember that we hold office in trust for the people we represent, not for our own benefit,” he said. “If I’m given the opportunity to represent the people of the 93rd District, I will do my best to serve honorably and work diligently to give them the representation they deserve.”