OWEN COUNTY EDUCATOR, SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, AND FORMER LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT FILES FOR KENTUCKY HOUSE SEAT
NEW LIBERTY, Ky. – Owen County educator, small business owner and former legislative assistant Jenny Urie announced her candidacy January 30th to serve as state representative for the 62nd House District comprised of Owen County and portions of Scott and Fayette counties.
Urie, 39, an Owen County native and a High School Social Studies Educator with Owen County Schools, joined a historic, bipartisan turnout of educators seeking election to the Kentucky General Assembly following the recent approval of charter school legislation; proposed budget cuts targeting students from kindergarten through college; and attempts to reduce pension benefits for retired teacher and public service employees. Urie’s work experience also includes service as a legislative assistant with the Kentucky House of Representatives, where she gained valuable insight into the lawmaking process.
“Kentucky’s public schools serve as the heart and soul of our communities,” Urie said. “They deserve to be strengthened through investment, not weakened by continual budget cuts and risky policies like charter schools that rob our schools for the benefit of out-of-state, for-profit corporations."
A wife and mother with deep ties to the region, Urie said her candidacy will emphasize the importance of public education at all levels, and the economic challenges that most Kentuckians continue to face as they seek to provide for their families and build stronger communities.
“I’ve shared the struggles of so many Kentuckians who know what it is to work two to three jobs, to live paycheck to paycheck, to grow a garden to help put food on the table, to take care of family members both young and old, and to get up in the morning and do it all over again,” Urie said. “We do it because we still dream for a better Kentucky, a better America, so that our children can enjoy a better life despite the many challenges we face, and so that our elders can receive the health and pension benefits that they earned and deserve.”
Urie said that recent decisions in Frankfort have made it clear “that the people in power are writing the rules for the benefit of themselves and their powerful friends, and it’s time for average, every-day Kentuckians who know what it is to fight for a living wage to stand up and say ‘enough.’ As a state representative, I’ll put Kentucky’s families first.”
A graduate of Northern Kentucky University and The University of the Cumberlands with a master’s in secondary education, Urie also operates an online apparel business, Earthshine Tie Dye, and is married to Jon Figgins, also a school employee and Owen County native. The couple and their five-year-old daughter, Ilena, attend Monterey Christian Church. Urie is seeking to replace the seat currently held by Philip Pratt, a first-term legislator from Georgetown.