Swan files for state representative

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By The Staff

Asa James Swan has filed as a Republican candidate for 51st District State Representative, an office currently held by Republican Russ Mobley. The district covers Taylor and Adair counties.

Mobley announced earlier this week that he will not seek re-election. Republican Russell Montgomery has also filed for the seat.

Swan, who teaches history at Lindsey Wilson College, filed his paperwork in Frankfort on Monday.

"I am filing today because I believe that I am the most qualified person to serve in this important position," Swan stated. "Our district needs someone who can be effective on the first day of next year's General Assembly, and after serving as a legislative liaison for Gov. [Ernie] Fletcher in the past four general assemblies, I know how to do this with the excellence and integrity the good people of our district expect."

Swan, 28, was born in Lexington and is the oldest child of Dr. Terry and Cinda Swan. Growing up in Columbia and Campbellsville, Swan attended Adair County, Campbellsville Independent and Taylor County school districts. In 1996, he earned an associate in arts degree from Lindsey Wilson College, where, at age 16, he served as the youngest student body president in the nation.

In 1999, Swan earned a B.A. in history from Huntington University, where he served as the first two-term student body president. Since then, he has completed an M.A. in history from Western Kentucky University.

On the political front, Swan served as an intern on the Elizabeth Dole for President Campaign in 1999, and spent more than two years in Washington working for Congressman Ron Lewis and the Senate Republican Conference. Returning to Kentucky, he served as one of Fletcher's legislative liaisons, focusing on transportation issues, during four general assemblies.

This experience, Swan says, allowed him to develop strong relationships with legislators.

Swan has also garnered support from current representative Mobley.

"I'm delighted to see young people such as Asa Swan show such a strong interest in serving in government," Mobley said. "Asa has shown in his experience that he is quite capable of representing the people of the 51st District."