BRANDENBURG, KY – Brian Chism, a young farmer and businessman whose Meade County family has a long history of public service, filed his campaign papers today to run for the 27th House District, which includes Meade and Hardin counties. “Growing up on a farm in a family that made helping others a priority, I learned the importance of hard work and giving back,” the Democratic candidate said. “Those values have contributed to who I am today and why I am running to be our voice in the 27th District. I’m committed to doing everything possible to make this the best place to live and work!”
House Democratic Floor Leader Joni Jenkins called Chism “part of an exciting generation of young new leaders who are working to create new solutions to tackle existing issues. His background in agriculture and business will make him an asset immediately as the General Assembly works to strengthen those critical areas of our economy. The 27th House District, and all of Kentucky, will be well-served when he is elected.”
Chism’s many leadership skills became evident early. While attending Western Kentucky University, he was elected President of Kentucky FFA (formerly known as the Future Farmers of America). Representing Kentucky’s 14,000 plus members, he presented leadership workshops to FFA chapters across the Commonwealth, testified on member’s behalf in front of legislative bodies in Frankfort and discussed agriculture issues in Washington, D.C., bipartisanly with members of Kentucky’s congressional delegation.
After graduating from Western Kentucky University, he worked as Executive Director of the American Black Hereford Association and is now an Account Manager for BigIron Auctions, serving the agricultural, construction and transportation industries. He also is a licensed REALTOR.
Chism’s family history in public service extends back more than 60 years. His grandfather, Herbert W. Chism, was Meade County jailer for 16 years, and his father, Herbie Chism, served as a Meade County magistrate.
“I’m proud of what they accomplished and humbled to be following their examples,” Brian Chism said. “At the same time, I am ready to make my own mark. If elected, I will work to strengthen our agriculture community; respect and stand strong for our public education system; protect our veterans; and be an ambassador for the 27th district and Commonwealth. I am excited to discuss these issues; it’s why I am hosting listening tours throughout the district in the coming weeks.”
To learn more about Chism or to make a contribution visit, electbrianchism.com; or visit facebook.com/brianchismky.