Local attorney Ami Brooks announced on Friday that she plans to run against state representative Martha Jane King next year.
Brooks said she hopes to represent Logan County, Todd County, and a portion of Warren County in the Kentucky House of Representatives’ 16th District. She will be running as a Republican. King, the incumbent, is a Democrat. If any other Republicans run for the seat, there will be a primary election in May. If not, then Brooks will represent her party in the November 2016 general election.
King will be seeking a fourth term in office.
“Frankfort needs more conservative voices, and we must replace the failed leadership in the State House of Representatives,” Brooks said. “I will be an independent voice for Kentucky families and a watchdog against wasteful spending and burdensome regulations.”
Brooks is a partner at Brooks and Hendricks, a general law practice with offices in Russellville and Springfield, Tenn. She is a licensed attorney in both Kentucky and Tennessee, and much of her legal work is devoted to juvenile and family law.
As a small business owner in two states, Brooks is aware of the high cost of doing business in Kentucky and would like to be part of the solution to help bring more economic growth and jobs to the state.
“I have seen the difference that less government can bring to a business environment,” said Brooks.
For the past two years, Brooks has urged legislators in Frankfort to reform the state’s juvenile code sections relating to dependent, neglected, and abused children. She has advocated for a better system, which would better serve families and children and eliminate waste.
Earlier this year, she successfully lobbied for passage of a bill that took a step in this direction. It requires the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services to provide notice of Foster Care Review Board meetings to all interested parties, including attorneys, foster families, and parents of children in foster care.
Brooks said , “In my experiences in juvenile and family law, I have seen how ill-advised government policies and regulations negatively impact our children, families, and communities. I am running to put Kentucky on a better path.”
Brooks graduated from Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations. She also earned a law degree from the Nashville School of Law, attending classes at night while working full time during the day.
A native of Bowling Green, Brooks has lived in Logan County since 1997. She is married to her husband of 20 years, David Brooks, who is a guidance counselor at Logan County High School, where their daughter also attends school. Ami Brooks is also a member of the Russellville Rotary Club and Southern Heights Baptist Church.
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