GOP launches 'Kentucky Strong' aimed at recruiting and attracting female candidates

09/16/2015 05:53 PM

Sen. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, will lead Republican efforts to attract more women to run for office in the commonwealth.

“Kentucky Strong,” is formed as a 527 organization and will be overseen by Adams, who will have a hand in recruitment, training, and fundraising functions of the group.

“Kentucky lags far behind in cultivating women leaders,” Adams said in a press release. “I don’t want Kentucky women to be in the bottom fifth of influence; I want Kentucky women to be Kentucky strong.”

A study by the National Conference on State Legislatures shows Kentucky ranks among the bottom in the percentage of women elected to serve in the state legislature.

Currently in the Kentucky General Assembly there are four females serving in the state Senate and 19 women in the House of Representatives.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is also backing the endeavor in Kentucky. In a statement McConnell said, “Women are leaders in their homes, businesses, communities and increasingly, at all levels of government. But much more work remains to be done.”

“Kentucky Strong is a big step towards making sure conservative pro-business women across Kentucky have the training and resources they need to run — and win — elections,” he added.

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