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State Representative - 35th District

Kentucky legislative power is vested in a House of Representatives and a Senate, which together form the "General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky."Duties: The Legislature makes the state’s laws, determines the duties and services of government and provides for their execution, and levies taxes and appropriate funds for the support of government operations.The House of Representatives consists of 100 Representatives.Terms: Representatives are elected for two-year terms in even numbered years.Qualifications: At the time of election, a representative must be at least 24 years of age, a citizen of Kentucky, resided in Kentucky for the 2 years preceding the election, and the last year thereof in the county, town or city, for which chosen.

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    Lisa WILLNER

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Campaign Phone (502) 599-7289
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Twitter @lgwillner
Current Job Executive Director, KY Psychological Association
I am running to change the culture in Frankfort as part of a new wave of candidates. I will work hard to fully invest in education and the social safety net, protect the environment, and stand up for working people. In 2017, my longtime State Representative Jim Wayne announced his retirement. My phone began to ring with calls from progressive women leaders urging me to run for the seat. I had never contemplated a life in politics, but this is a time for ordinary people to step up and step out of their comfort zones, and to do all that we can to stand up for our American democracy. The #MeToo movement demands that more women claim seats at more tables. Decades-long attacks on public schools have gained a strong foothold in Kentucky, and the need for more public school champions in Frankfort is increasingly clear. I believe that my perspective as a psychologist is needed. I'm feeling called to public service. In these anxious times, the only answer to that call is "Yes!"
I ran a vigorous primary campaign, knocking on doors and engaging voters beginning in early December. With turnout still not as high as it ought to be, I’m proud that district 35 had the highest primary voter turnout in Jefferson County. I hear directly from voters that they are tired of fighting and the shrillness of our political discourse, and that it keeps many from turning out. I have kept my vow to run a positive campaign that focuses on the issues. In the general election, I am continuing to run a robust and positive campaign, and to engage directly with voters at their doors, in meetings and forums, on websites and social media, and through the mail. I believe that voters will turn out for a candidate they’ve had the opportunity to get to know. I am working as hard as I can to provide the voters of the 35th House district with those opportunities.