Haston for District 72
Backed by his family and fellow teachers, Kirk Haston has announced his republican candidacy for the 72nd District of the Tennessee House of Representatives. Kirk is a native of Perry County, graduating from Perry County High School in 1997. In 2002 he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree (Sports Management) from Indiana University and a Master’s Degree (Arts in Education) from Cumberland University in 2012.
Haston attended Indiana University on a basketball scholarship. He authored a book that was published in 2016 entitled Days of Knight, which is about the lessons he learned during his journey from playing high school basketball in Tennessee to playing for Hall of Fame coach Bob Knight in the Big Ten. While at IU, Kirk was named to the 2001 Associated Press All-America basketball team and achieved Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2000 and 2001. After his collegiate and professional basketball career in the NBA, Kirk returned to his hometown in Tennessee to further his education and to pursue a career in public education.
Kirk has worked in the Perry County School System for over a decade, serving four years as the Coordinator of School Health from 2008-2011 while also serving on the Perry County Health Council during this time. Since 2011 Kirk has been in the classroom. He is a Lifetime Wellness and Physical Education teacher and is also the head boys’ basketball coach.
“I learned the value of hard work while growing up in a small town and now I want to work hard to make small town opportunities grow.” Kirk went on to say, “I want the hard-working people in my district to have their voices heard when it comes to the decisions being made on Capitol Hill that will affect their lives. Many of the cities in our state are flourishing with jobs and growth. We need to continue to work to increase economic growth in our rural communities by improving high-speed internet access and encouraging workforce development in job areas that are in high demand in our state.”
Kirk’s years of service in public education gives him firsthand knowledge and experience on what resources are needed for teachers and students to succeed. Kirk added, “I believe that having an active teacher from a rural community serving in the Tennessee House of Representatives would be beneficial to all of our area’s students and teachers. I have three young children in school and I’m both the son and grandson of teachers, so the strength and reach of our education system is something that is especially important to me.”
Kirk is married to the former Kasey Foster whom he met in Henderson, TN, where he spent a lot of his summers staying with his grandfather, Hoyt Kirk, who taught and coached at Freed Hardeman University for 30 years. Kirk and Kasey have been married for 12 years and have three children. They attend the Linden Church of Christ where Kirk has been a member for over 25 years and where he has taught the teen and young adult bible class for the past ten years.
Kirk has named Dr. Wayne Scott, Vice President of Student Services at Freed Hardeman University, as campaign treasurer. The republican primary will be held on August 2nd, 2018.