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.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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