GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. — The race for the Representative seat in the 98th District ended, Lewis Nicholls-D defeated his opponent Tony Quillen-R. Nicholls will served the remainder of Tanya Pullin’s term.
Gathered at his headquarters with a vivacious crowd, Nicholls shared his victory speech with his supporters. The final numbers from the election were Nicholls 4,807, Quillen 3,388.
“This was a team effort for every person in the county. I would be re-missed if I didn’t thank my wife Barbara. She put all of this together and got it organized, and all of the other ladies and men I want to thank for bringing in the food here,” Nicholls said. It is really good, and I really appreciate it.
The audience roared when Nicholls mentioned that his daughter Rebecca who resides in Kansas was viewing the evening’s events by way of Facetime, which his wife Barbara was handling for him.
“They worked so hard. Elizabeth Cantrell Brooks, my campaign manager, is smart as a whip and she managed this entire election with professionalism, and she did it according to my orders which were to run a clean campaign and she stuck right to it. Her political savvy is second to none in the Commonwealth,” Nicholls said.
Nicholls also attributed his successful campaign to the support of his family, his wife Barbara Nicholls, their daughter Rebecca Jill Flynn, and son Mark Preston Nicholls. Before it became official of Nicholls victory, his opponent Quillen made a visit to Nicholls headquarters to congratulate him.
“Tony came in here a little bit ago, and he walked down the aisle, and said,”Lew lets talk.” “He shook my hand and he said, “Congratulations. I can see the handwriting on the wall, I can see the numbers and we know it. I thought that was really big of him that he could do that,” Nicholls said. The audience gave a hearty round of applause after this statement.
Nicholls expressed his appreciation to everyone for all of the support rendered during the course of the campaign.
“Let me just say in closing, I appreciate all of. I appreciate all of your support that you have given. Let’s work together. Let’s solve our issues. Let’s get jobs back in here. Let’s get drugs off of our streets, and let’s get our educational system second to none,” Nicholls said.
Quillen told The Daily Times the friendship between Nicholls and himself would remain.
“We started in this as friends, and even through it all we came out as friends,” Quillen said. “Lew is very gracious. I am still County Commissioner here, and Lew has pledge to be there, and if I have any problems to just call him up, and he’d try to help, and its hard to beat that.”
Nicholls also told The Daily Times the first thing on his agenda is to bring jobs to the area.
“Jobs and more jobs. I am looking forward to voting on the bill, if its still there because I am pretty sure that it is going to pass Kevin Sinnette in Boyd County brought about getting the tax incentives to AK Steel in order to reline the Amanda furnace,” Nicholls said. “Hopefully that will give AK some incentive to come back in here and to reline that furnace and fire it back up, so we’re really hoping that, that happens.”
He desires to see the quality of education in Kentucky to improve.
“The other thing of course is education. I am looking forward to working with the House, and right now they are writing their own version of a budget and I look forward to getting into that, of course I don’t know what it is, I am not down there yet,” Nicholls said. “It is one that I read about in the paper today, that is not going to destroy education. When it comes to drugs I am hoping that we can some kind of experimental administrative drug court that we can get started, and then we could demonstrate what a good thing that would be.”
Working together to adopt good, sound polices to pass good laws it what is needed, according to Nicholls.
“I was so impressed with how organized labor came together. I was just flabbergasted with their concerted effort,” Nicholls said. “They worked hard, KEA worked hard for me. I am just totally impressed. Our unions are very good people. Our teachers are good people, we just need to work together. I want to reach across the aisle as well, try to work together so that we can have really good policies and pass good laws that are going to make a difference and help people.”
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