Campaign #186 is for Andrew Bailey in Kentucky
We’re writing to every Democrat who can vote for Andrew Bailey hoping that we can drive enough of them to the polls (not literally) and have another win in January.
Did you see how much your postcards helped Kentucky in November? 278,506 fun, friendly, fully-handwritten election reminders mailed to key Kentucky Democratic households over 54 days by over 6,000 volunteer writers (and their friends, families, and groups). Democrat Andy Beshear became Governor by winning about 5,100 more votes than the incumbent Republican! With a range of studies showing that handwritten postcards can boost turnout between 1-4%, Beshear’s 0.37% margin of victory is handily within bragging distance.
Kentucky’s holding a Special Election in January for a State Senate seat. Dan Seum, the incumbent in the 38th Senate District, retired creating this vacancy. Seum told The Courier Journal in an interview that he partly made the decision because he is 80 years old and thought it was time, but added, “I’m pretty disappointed in my Republican Party and I’m really disappointed in Bevin, obviously.”
The South Louisville legislator made headlines in August when he broke ranks with his party and endorsed Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear in his race for governor against Bevin. Seum had been an elected Democrat serving in the State House. He famously switched parties in 1999 after running for the State Senate giving Republicans majority control of that chamber.
Republicans have a 28-9 majority in the Kentucky State Senate with one vacancy. Kentucky has a Republican state government trifecta. A trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers.
As of November, 77 state legislative special elections have been scheduled or held in 24 states this year. Six special elections have been scheduled for 2020 in five states. Between 2011 and 2018, an average of 77 special elections took place each year. (Source: Ballotpedia.com)
A Louisville native, Andrew spent 13 years teaching history and robotics to students at Fairdale High School. A married father of two, Bailey says “everything I do is for the next generation.” Late in the 2018 legislative session, the Republican-controlled legislature pushed through a now infamous “sewer bill” that tried to gut public pensions, including those for teachers. The Republican-controlled state budget also made severe cuts to education programs.
It was then that Bailey realized Frankfort needed more educators in office to help drive better education funding and policies. Since the filing deadline had already passed, Bailey mounted a write-in campaign for the 38th Senate District in 2018. He received a historic number of write-in votes from people who were tired of politics as usual in Frankfort.
With the retirement of Sen. Dan Seum, Bailey has decided to renew his efforts to bring better education policy and funding to Frankfort, while also standing up for working families in his district. It’s a major contrast with his opponent, a political appointee of former GOP Governor Matt Bevin who participated in investigations of the teachers who rallied at the Capitol for better education funding. While Bailey was working with students in the classroom, his opponent was trying to find a way to fine teachers $1,000 a day for advocating for better classroom funding.
I know we have major holidays coming up. I know many of our writers are out of town. But, still, if everyone writes to just 5 or 10 voters apiece, this list can be finished in plenty of time.
Write On! ~Tony The Democrat
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