January 3, 2018 • NEWS


Thomas Would Be Kentucky’s First African-American Congressman

Frankfort, Ky. (Jan. 3, 2018) – State Sen. Reggie Thomas officially filed to run for Congress in Kentucky’s sixth congressional district on Wednesday at the Kentucky Capitol in Frankfort.

“I launched this campaign in July with the goal to defeat Andy Barr,” Thomas said. “Time and time again, Congressman Barr has proven he is not doing a good job for Kentuckians. His votes on healthcare and the GOP’s latest tax scam reflect that.”

Thomas said he knows people in Kentucky will show they are ready for a change in November.
“I have traveled to each of the sixth district’s 19 counties several times, and everywhere I go, people tell me they want Medicare for All, a higher minimum wage and improved infrastructure. I’ll make those three issues my top priorities when I arrive in Washington and will do my best to deliver for my constituents.”

Thomas was joined by longtime friends Brenda Drake and Shirley Slatin for his filing. Drake and Slatin have signed in support of Thomas in each of his races, and they said they were proud to sign yet again as their good friend officially entered the race.

“Reggie has always been a dear friend to me, and being here for him today was truly an honor,” Slatin said. “He will make an excellent Congressman.”

Thomas, a Lexington resident, has served as a state senator for Kentucky’s 13th district since being elected in 2013 and has long been a champion of progressive causes in the Commonwealth. He has worked in Lexington as an attorney for nearly four decades and has been an active member of both his church and community in Lexington. If elected, Thomas would become Kentucky’s first African-American representative in Washington.

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