Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Perry County Basketball Star Announces Bid For State House

LINDEN, TN- Kirk Haston, a teacher, coach and former All American basketball player at the University of Indiana, announced his campaign for State Representative in the 72nd District today.

Chester, Decatur, Henderson, Perry Counties make up the 72nd District.

Haston starred for the Perry County Vikings in the late 90's and then went on to play basketball for the legendary coach Bob Knight at the University of Indiana. Haston was a first round draft pick in the 2001 NBA draft.

After retirement he came back to his home town and has been working in the school system for over a decade. He currently is teaching and coaching the team that he lead to state championships.

In his campaign announcement Haston said that he is running for office "because he is a teacher" and that "teaching is one of the most directly impacted professions when it comes to the decisions being made at the State Capitol." He also says that he seeking the office of State Representative to help small rural towns succeed.

“I learned the value of hard work while growing up in a small town and now I want to work hard to make small town opportunities grow.” Kirk went on to say, “I want the hard-working people in my district to have their voices heard when it comes to the decisions being made on Capitol Hill that will affect their lives. Many of the cities in our state are flourishing with jobs and growth. We need to continue to work to increase economic growth in our rural communities by improving high-speed internet access and encouraging workforce development in job areas that are in high demand in our state.

Haston is the second Republican candidate to announce to fill the seat being left vacant by the retiring Steven McDaniel who has held the seat for 30 years. Dan Hughes, Lexington, a 20 plus year radio personality and current sitting County Mayor of Henderson County announced his candidacy a few weeks ago. Both candidates and any other who join them will be on the ballot for the state primary in August.