MADISONVILLE, Ky. (12/11/13) — During last night’s Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Chamber After Hours hosted by Baptist Health Madisonville, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Vice-President of Government Affairs Chad Harpole (right) and Rusty Ashcroft (left), manager of environmental affairs for Alliance Coal, presented the “Going to Bat Award” to State Rep. Jim Gooch. The award, a custom Louisville Slugger baseball bat, was presented to Gooch for “Going to Bat” for legislation the Kentucky Chamber supports.

Gooch, a Democrat, has been a staunch supporter of the coal industry and is recognized for his ability to work with both parties in Frankfort. Gooch, who lives in Webster County, will now represent a larger portion of Hopkins County, thanks to redistricting this year.

“I have represented a portion of Hopkins County for many years,” Gooche told SurfKY News. “I have good relations with elected officials here and I think I understand the needs of Hopkins County. I really hate that Ben Waide got dealt the way he did. However, with Hopkins County now served by three state representatives, it may be a good opportunity. If the community continues to develop clear priorities of what you want and expect from Frankfort, you will have three representatives working for you.”

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