40 Educators Announce Candidacy for State House of Representatives and Senate

With the recent attacks on public education, public educators, both current and retired, have decided to run for public office. Recent Charter School legislation and threats to the current budget for schools as well as designed attacks on teacher and public service pensions are the point of contention for forty educators who decided to take action! Kentucky Educators Taking Action is a grassroots movement created to assist these citizens in their campaign efforts. The following educators announced their candidacy in a press forum at the rotunda in Frankfort on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 at 3:00 pm.

House – 31
• Charlotte Goddard – #2, Graves, McCracken, elementary teacher, Caldwell
• Linda Edwards – #6, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken, retired elementary teacher, Marshall
• Joy Gray – #7, Daviess, Henderson, Union, retired secondary teacher, Daviess
• Bruce Kunze – #12, Daviess, Hopkins, McLean, Webster, retired middle school teacher and counselor, Daviess
• Jim Glenn – #13, Daviess, professor, Owensboro Community and Technical College
• Scott Lewis – #14, Daviess, Ohio, superintendent, Ohio
• David Graham – #17, Butler, Warren, band director, Warren
• Donielle Heron-Lovell – #18, Grayson, Hardin, professor, WKU
• Patti Minter – #20, Warren, professor, WKU
• LaToya Drake – #23, Barren, Warren, middle school para educator, Barren
• Tom Williamson – #25, Hardin, retired secondary teacher, Grayson
• Ronel Brown, Sr. – #29, Jefferson, secondary para educator, JCPS
• Josie S. Raymond – #31, Jefferson, former middle school teacher and academic coach, UL
• Tina Bojanowski – #32, Jefferson, elementary teacher, JCPS
• Lisa Willner – #35, Jefferson, psychology department, Bellarmine
• Linda Belcher – #49, Bullitt, retired elementary teacher & administrator, Bullitt
• Anne Streeter – #54, Boyle, Casey, retired professor & interim dean, Lindsey Wilson
• Cathy Carter – #55, Jessamine, Mercer, Washington, middle school teacher, Fayette
• Susan Back – #61, Boone, Grant, Kenton, Scott, secondary counselor, Kenton
• Jenny Urie – #62, Fayette, Owen, Scott, secondary teacher, Owen
• Josh Blair – #63, Boone, Kenton, adjunct professor, NKU
• Ryan Neaves – #69, Boone, Kenton, middle school teacher, Erlanger/Elsmere
• Travis Brenda – #71, Garrard, Madison, Rockcastle, secondary teacher, Rockcastle
• Matt Anderson – #82, Laurel, Whitley, secondary teacher, Whitley
• Tom Pope – #84, Harlan, Perry, retired secondary teacher, Harlan Independent
• Debbie Payne – #86, Knox, Laurel, retired elementary teacher, Knox
• Dustin Allen – #87, Bell, Harlan, secondary teacher, Laurel
• Keith Hays – #89, Jackson, Laurel, Madison, secondary principal, Jackson
• Kelly Smith – #89, Jackson, Laurel, Madison, academic librarian, EKU
• Chuck Clark – #96, Carter, Lawrence, assistant principal, Carter
• Russell Halsey – #97, Johnson, Morgan, Wolfe, retired secondary teacher & administrator, Johnson

Senate – 9
• Crystal Chappell – #6, Butler, Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Ohio, middle school teacher, Muhlenberg
• Bob Glenn – #8, Daviess, Hancock, McLean, professor, Owensboro Community and Technology College
• Paula Setser-Kissick – #12, Fayette, district resource teacher, Fayette
• Carolyn Dupont – #22, Fayette, Garrard, Jessamine, Mercer, Washington, associate professor, EKU
• Matt Kaufman – #26, Jefferson, Oldham, secondary teacher, JCPS
• Denise Gray – #28, Clark, Fayette, Montgomery, middle school para educator, Fayette
• Paula Clemons-Combs – #30, Bell, Breathitt, Johnson, Leslie, Magoffin, Perry, secondary teacher, Breathitt
• Jeanie Smith – #32, Warren, middle school teacher, Warren
• Susan B. Haddix – #34, Fayette, Madison, Rockcastle, retired secondary teacher, Madison

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