Former teacher, Tom Pope, loses bid for state representative of 84th district

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HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Tom Pope, the former teacher from Harlan County was narrowly defeated in Tuesday's election for the position of state representative for the 84th district.

With more than 14,000 people voting in both Perry and Harlan County for the position, Pope received 44% of the vote. Incumbent State Representative Chris Fugate got 56% of the vote and maintained his seat.

Pope ran his campaign on strengthening the state's pension system and boosting education in our region.

He took time to talk with WYMT Tuesday evening following the results.

"I was very pleased with those that voted for me. First thing I would like to do is thank Chris for running a clean and positive campaign. I think we both agreed right up front that we would do that."

Pope also wanted to thank House Minority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins for his support during the campaign.

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