There hasn’t been a black woman in the Kentucky legislature since 2000.
Louisville Democrat Ashley Miller wants to change that. The 30-year-old nurse practitioner is running for the House seat held by Republican Julie Raque Adams, who’s running for state Senate.
“In a body that’s supposed to represent the people, we should truly represent the people,” Miller says. “And I think the fact that there’s not a minority woman in the House at this moment, um, changes the demographic, changes the perception of things when they come before the floor. So I think that’s important. It is important to have every voice heard.”
Miller filed her papers this week with the Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office, joined by members of the House Women’s Caucus, which intends to help Miller in her fundraising efforts, and Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson.
Republicans Phil Moffett and Shellie May are also running for the seat , and will face each other in the May primary.