Lexington, KY — In a press conference Thursday, Emma Curtis announced her historic candidacy for the Kentucky State House of Representatives. When she is elected, Curtis will become the first openly transgender state legislator in Kentucky history. She is running to fill the 93rd district seat recently vacated upon the death of beloved Representative Lamin Swann.
Curtis’s key legislative priorities include fighting for an economy that works for every Kentuckian; addressing our teacher shortage by raising their pay, not lowering our standards; and bringing great jobs and state investments to the 93rd district. She supports Governor Beshear. As a pragmatic progressive, she will join the Kentucky House as a champion for south Lexington and for all Kentuckians.
A lifelong Kentuckian, Curtis grew up on a tobacco and cattle farm in Woodford County, where she learned the value of hard work. Today, she works as an independent filmmaker. Curtis has lived in Lexington since her graduation from Centre College.
Although she grew up with friends in the Chandler family and family members who worked for the Beshears, Curtis entered politics herself for the first time this year in response to the legislature’s attacks on transgender Kentuckians. As a citizen lobbyist and organizer, she brought attendees to rallies, met with dozens of legislators, and testified in committee to try to stop anti-LGBT bills like H.B. 470 and S.B. 150. In Frankfort, Curtis received direct mentorship from Rep. Lamin Swann. Swann encouraged her to join the Kentucky Young Democrats, where she recently won election as the statewide Vice President of Recruitment and Expansion.
Governor Beshear announced on May 31 that the special election for the 93rd district seat will be held on November 7. The Fayette County Democratic Party will choose a nominee by mid-September.
For more information about Emma, visit emmaforky.com.