Local Legislators Recognized for Leadership: Girdler, Upchurch receive campaign contributions from electric co-op PAC
Two legislators in South Kentucky RECC’s service area are being recognized for their longstanding and continued support of electric cooperatives and their members.
Kentucky’s Speak Up for Rural Electrification (SURE) Political Action Committee cited several legislative priorities during a presentation to the campaigns of District 15 State Senator Rick Girdler, Somerset and District 52 State Representative Ken Upchurch, Monticello. Among those priorities is a request to help narrow the digital divide in the state, as well as asking that legislators remain vigilant regarding proposals that would affect residential electric bills for our members.
“The members of Kentucky co-ops are very concerned about any attempts by the state to raise revenue by removing the sales tax exemption on residential electric bills,” SURE wrote to Girdler and Upchurch. “Thanks to lawmakers like you, this concept was not introduced in any legislation this year, and local co-op members are relieved and grateful.”
SURE is funded by the voluntary contributions of electric co-op employees, managers, directors and co-op attorneys all across Kentucky. Though no South Kentucky RECC funds are part of these contributions, the co-op is also expressing its gratitude to the lawmakers.
“Both Senator Girdler and Representative Upchurch have proven track records of working hard to protect our members and improve economic development in our area,” said Ken Simmons, SKRECC CEO. “This brings jobs and security to the members of South Kentucky RECC.”
Kentucky SURE is comprised of all Kentucky’s 26 electric cooperatives, including South Kentucky RECC, and supports the efforts of those who demonstrate tireless leadership and support of co-op priorities, interests and values for our members.
Photo Caption RHalloran_SURE: South Kentucky RECC District 3 Director Rick Halloran, left, and District 15 State Senator Rick Girdler.
Photo Caption BGHurd_SURE: South Kentucky RECC District 4 Director Billy Gene Hurd, right, and District 52 State Representative Ken Upchurch.