Attica Scott plans on taking progressive fight to Frankfort in January

05/27/2016 10:27 AM

After defeating 34-year incumbent Tom Riner in the Democratic 41st House District primary, Attica Scott has scooped up national attention and plans to make waves in the General Assembly.

Scott, a former Louisville Metro Council member, is known for her activism. With no Republican opponent filed to contest the seat in the general election, Scott will attempt to turn that activism to action when she heads to Frankfort in January.

“Because of my experience I’m able to talk to other legislators who may not have had the same experiences as I have,” Scott said. “We have very different life reality, so I’m able to talk to my colleagues and say, ‘This is what folks I represent are experiencing and this is why this issue is important.’

“Whether it’s something like juvenile justice reform or raising the minimum wage or fighting for LGBTQ equality I’m able to speak from a lived experience, and because I’ve been in communities and relationships and on the front-lines with people every single day working on these issues.”

Reps. Mary Lou Marzian, Joni Jenkins, and Reginald Meeks have already been identified by Scott as mentors she will continue to turn to in the House of Representatives.

On the campaign trail Marzian and former Rep. Eleanor Jordan co-signed a direct-mail letter supporting Scott over Riner, who served in the House since 1982.

Attributing much of her success to Democratic women’s training group Emerge Kentucky, Scott says she turned to “every single one of those lessons” taught by the group in order to win the primary.

Upon winning the seat, Scott will make history as the first African-American woman to join the legislature since 2000.

“It’s pretty huge for me personally and for many of the people who are watching this race from local folks, to state folks, to folks across the country,” Scott said of the history being made.

The Louisville Democrat said she had recently attended an elementary school promotion ceremony, where the principal of the school said her victory was important for the kids moving on to sixth grade.

“That says a lot about where we’re going as a district, but also about where we’re going as a commonwealth,” she said.

Calling her victory on May 17 a “call to action,” Scott said she will be out working and knocking on doors with others on the ballot, and she expects to keep working to ensure more minorities run for office.

“It says we have a lot more work to do in these years to come to get more women in office, more women of color including black and Latinas because that will be when we really begin to get to gender parity and equity in elected office,” she said.


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