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FOX CHASE - Linda Belcher feels that she can make a difference for Bullitt Countians in Frankfort.
Whether it is trying to get extra money for road projects or trying to see if there is a solution to a sewer treatment plant issue, Belcher believes she is an effective voice for the people of Bullitt County.
With that in mind, Belcher is seeking her third term as the 49th District state representative.
Belcher, who is a regular at most local meetings, said that being part of the community is important. Without talking with leaders and residents on a regular basis, the retired educator said there is no way you can know their concerns.
“I care about this county,” said the Democrat. “I do it as a full-time job. It is that important to the people.”
Over the past year, Belcher has spearheaded an effort, along with the Chamber of Commerce, to begin a strategic planning committee for the county. She feels the county needs the long-range vision for a number of reasons.
First, large projects that require some state funding will need her assistance in Frankfort.
Second, it is in the best interest of the county to see where it wants to go in the future.
“Planning is very important,” said Belcher. “And having a list of projects for me is important when I go and ask for money.”
During her tenure in Frankfort, Belcher has learned who to call and how to get things done.
“The experience is so important in Frankfort,” said Belcher. “I know what I’m talking about when issues come up and I think I am respected.”
A big part of her job is fielding calls from people needing assistance. For many, it is simply getting them to the right person. For others, the issues may be more difficult.
“It makes you feel you’ve made a difference,” Belcher said of when she can help someone.
Going into this fall’s race against a familiar foe, Belcher said she feels there are major differences.
First, without talking and being involved with the community until election time, it is impossible to know the issues and concerns, said Belcher.
Second, experience in the office can lead to more projects being funded and to better committee appointments.
She said money has been returned for road improvements, sewer projects and she has gotten several important bills approved.
Third, she said there must be a genuine desire to help the community.
“You have to know their needs,” said Belcher. “They have to feel they can simply pick up the phone and call you.”
With her involvement in all areas of the county, Belcher said she feels she has proven that devotion and dedication.
There is much work to do, including securing funding for a community college and for completion of the strategic plan. Belcher said she would like to be in office to see these things completed.
She is concerned with the growing drug issues that affect the county and the state. She applauds the local efforts to step up the war on drugs both through education and law enforcement.
And she is pleased with the continued efforts to make the local school system one of the best in the state. She said there is pride when Bullitt County is now being asked to present its programs and ideas to others in the state.
There is a lot of time needed to fulfill the position of state representative and Belcher said she is dedicated to the job and to the people.
“I feel like I’ve done a good job,” said Belcher. “I feel like I’ve been able to help the people of Bullitt County and I’d like to continue to be able to provide that assistance.”