JACKSON, Ky. (WYMT) - Many gathered at the Jackson Armory to honor veterans on Friday, including Laura Thomas, the City of Jackson's Mayor-Elect and Jeff Noble, Breathitt County's Judge-Executive-Elect.
Both say there is no better way to celebrate their wins with the community than to be a part of a ceremony that honors those who protect the country.
Thomas says she anticipates a long road ahead while learning to adjust but hopes to show the people how their tax dollars are used in the coming months.
"Everybody's saying, 'Why did you want to do this?' because I'm really not a politician but I am a worker and I'm a community person," Thomas said. "And so I'm not saying it'll be easy. I'm sure I'll make plenty of mistakes but hopefully, I'll be getting a lot of help from a lot of wise people."
Noble says he plans to use his experience in business to better the county these veterans fought so hard for.
"I never had a lot to work with but with what I've got I've had to work out and I see the same thing working out for the county. So I'm ready to roll my sleeves up and give it my best."
Both are taking office on January 1.