Self-storage owner Mark Gilkison, who operates Gilkison Mini Storage LLC in Bedford, Ky., has announced his candidacy for the Kentucky House of Representatives. A Republican, he will run for the 47th district seat held by Democrat Rick Rand. The seat represents Carroll, Gallatin, Henry and Trimble Counties.
An entrepreneur, Gilkison started homebuilder Gilkison Construction Inc. in 2001 and property-management company Gilkison Real Estate LLC in 2004. He opened his self-storage facility in 2016, according to the source.
“As a small business owner and a man of God, I’ve seen the challenges citizens face in this new day and age,” Gilkison said in a press release. “After much thought and prayer with my family, I’m announcing that I’ve decided to run for House District 47 because we deserve someone in the state house who will actually fight to address those challenges. Our children deserve a better future than just another vote for the ways of the past.”
Gilkison vowed to fight for “a more pro-small-business, pro-life and pro-Second Amendment Kentucky.”
Partisan election candidates had until Jan. 30 to file paperwork. Kentucky will hold its primary election on May 22 and general election on Nov. 6. The house has 100 members from single-member districts. Representatives serve two-year terms, with the entire house elected every two years.