Representative Hatton presented County Advocate award
Rep. Hatton, who represents Letcher County and a portion of Pike County and serves as the House Minority Caucus Whip, was selected as a recipient for her steadfast efforts to strengthen counties across Kentucky and her dedication to collaborating with counties to move the Commonwealth forward.
During the 2021 session, Rep. Hatton worked to ensure that the partnership between Kentucky’s state and local governments remains strong. She has been a strong advocate in particular for coal counties in Eastern Kentucky, consistently working to ensure the passage of legislation and funding to support the economic and community development of areas that rely on the coal industry.
“I want to thank KACo both for this award and for being such an outstanding advocate for our counties,” said Hatton. “I have been proud to work with its leaders during my five-plus years in the Kentucky House and stand ready to do whatever else I can to make it easier for our counties to do their job. To succeed, a strong bond between state and local governments is essential.”
KACo’s CEO/Executive Director Jim Henderson, Director of Government Affairs Shellie Hampton and Associate Director of Government Affairs Gracie Lagadinos presented the award to Representative Hatton on behalf of county officials across Kentucky.
“Representative Hatton is a fierce advocate for Kentucky’s counties, especially rural counties like those she represents,” said Henderson. “She works closely with KACo to make sure county needs are considered and included in legislation that impacts local government.”
The County Advocate award is being presented to legislators who supported counties during the 2021 session by sponsoring or shepherding legislation that helps counties continue to provide services without unfunded mandates or limiting home rule.