Do you know which legislative candidates you are going to vote for in the upcoming statewide elections? Are you wondering what positions candidates take on specific issues affecting the lives of clinical social workers and the clients we serve? If so, be sure to attend the special legislative forum that KSCSW and NASW will host on Wednesday, October 3. Open Forum: Electing Decision Makers with Clarity on Social Issues will begin at 6 pm at the Farish Theater of the Central Library in Lexington.
The NASW Code of Ethics clearly states that, "Social workers should be aware of the impact of the political arena on practice and should advocate for changes in policy and legislation to improve social conditions in order to meet basic human needs and promote social justice." Voting is the most essential form of advocacy, but it's not always easy to find out exactly where a candidate stands on policies that shape Kentucky's efforts to "meet basic human needs and promote social justice." This forum will give you the chance to ask questions and get answers directly from the candidates themselves.
KSCSW and NASW have invited all incumbent and challenging legislative candidates from districts in Fayette and surrounding counties to attend this open forum. The table below shows all the candidates who have been invited, highlighting those who have agreed to participate in green and those who have declined in red. This table will be updated all the way up to the event, so check back often to see the status of candidates from your district.
Take Action Now!
You don't have to wait until October 3 to begin participating in the Open Forum. If any candidates from your legislative districts listed below have not responded to their invitations to the October 3 forum -- or if they have declined to attend -- we encourage you to reach out to them directly and encourage them to participate. And if you have any questions you would like to ask a specific candidate, or all of them, please share those questions in the Comments section of this blog post. We invite KSCSW members to share all their election-related thoughts, questions, and concerns with each other in the Comments section.
Open Forum: Electing Decision Makers with Clarity on Social Issues
(Green = Accepted Invitation; Red = Declined Invitation; * = Incumbent)
District 12: Paula Sester-Kissick (D) vs. Alice Forgy Kerr* (R)
District 13: Reggie Thomas (D) vs. Unopposed
District 22: Carolyn Dupont (D) vs. Tom Buford* (R)
District 28: Denise Gray (D) vs. Ralph Alvarado* (R)
District 36: Sheri Donahue (D) vs. Julie Raque Adams* (R)
House or Representatives Candidates
District 39: Russ Meyer* (D) vs. Unopposed
District 45: Josh Hicks (D) vs. Stan Lee* (R)
District 56: Joe Graviss (D) vs. Daniel Fister
District 62: Jenifer Urie (D) vs. Phillip Pratt (R)
District 72: Emily Ferguson (D) vs. Matthew Koch (R)
District 75: Kelly Flood* (D) vs. Unopposed
District 76: vs. Ruth Palumbo* (D) vs. Richard Marrs (R)
District 79: vs. Susan Westrom* (D) vs. Josh Irvine (R)
District 78: Gregory Coulson (D) vs. Mark Hart* (R)