The granddaughter of a Harlan County coal miner and a state retiree pushing for better school programs for children has announced her candidacy for state representative for the 87th District.
Glynna J. Brown, of Middlesboro, said seeking solutions to the area's widespread drug issue and water and sewer problems are at the top of her agenda.
"There are too many illicit and prescription drugs on the streets," she said.
Residential and business growth begins with making improvements in the area's water and sewer systems, she said. Further improvements in economic development will come quicker with better roads and a maximum of coal severance funding, she said.
"We need to get our maximum coal severance money back in Harlan County, and we need to make sure the coal severance money is used for projects that will help," she said.
Unopposed in the primary election, Brown said she is also seeking improvements in salaries and benefits for teachers. Tourism, as well, is a top priority.
"The tourism dollar can support many local businesses. The Pine Mountain Trail needs to be opened to ATVs. For many people, the only enjoyment they have is a few minutes in the woods on a 4-wheeler. They need a safe place to ride," Brown said. "Tourists will also come from all over the world to ride our trails and look at our deer, elk and turkey."
Born in Harlan County, Brown graduated from Cumberland College with a degree in sociology. She served as a Kentucky jobs coordinator in her last state position, where she worked with those on state assistance who qualified for educational and vocational training for re-entry to the workforce. She has served as president of the Middlesboro Business and Professional Women's Club.
Brown currently serves on the State Appeals Review Board, the Foster Care Review Board and is chairperson of the Middlesboro Bell County Airport Board and the Bell County High School Youth Service Center Advisory Committee. An active member of the Covenant United Methodist Church in Middlesboro, she serves on various committees within the church and sings in the choir.
"The mountains are my home. I will do everything I can to help Harlan County," Brown said.