By Jack Brammer
FRANKFORT — Bart Rowland of Tompkinsville will be the Republican nominee for the Feb. 7 special election for the state House seat vacated by state Agriculture Commissioner Jamie Comer.
GOP officials in Cumberland, Green, Metcalfe and Monroe counties elected Rowland Thursday night as their nominee for the special election in the House’s 53rd District.
Democratic officials in the district are to meet Monday night in Edmonton to select their party nominee for the special election.
Comer, a Republican, had represented the district since 2001. He vacated the seat after being elected state agriculture commisisoner last November.
Rowland, owner and vice president of Rowland Insurance in Tompkinsville, said in a statement that he is “honored to receive the Republican nomination for the special election in the 53rd House District.
“I’ve lived all my life in south central Kentucky and want to make this area a better place to live, work and raise a family. I pledge to be an open, accessible and informed representative for all people in the district.”
Rowland said his priorities will be to grow the local economy, create more jobs, cut wasteful spending in state government and fight for conservative values.”
Rowland is the current chairman of the Monroe County Industrial Authority. He is a 1995 graduate of Monroe County High School and attended Western Kentucky University.
Rowland is married to Jerri Hunt Rowland and they have three children, Thomas Stone, Jay Cooper and Cariana Jewell.