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Cole Adams Maier is a graduate of Transylvania University and the University of Kentucky College of Law.  After passing the bar exam in October 2009, she worked for the Department of Public Advocacy in the Glasgow Trial Office.  Currently, she works as a Law Clerk for Chief Justice John D. Minton, Jr. of the Kentucky Supreme Court.  Cole's campaign expierience includes volunteering for Congressman Ben Chandler and Justice Mary C. Noble.  Though she was raised in Winchester, Kentucky, Cole currently resides in Bowling Green with her husband and two big, slobbering dogs.

Ashley Adkins is a graduate of Morehead State University and the University of Kentucky College of Law.  Ashley was named assistant county attorney in Rowan County.

Nicole Aghaaliandastjerdi

Nicole Aghaaliandastjerdi is a paralegal at the Oldfather Law Firm.  She has spent the last 7 years concentrating in litigation with a focus on medical malpractice, personal injury, and commercial litigation.  Nicole assists the attorneys at the Oldfather Law Firm during all stages of litigation including preparing pleadings, discovery, and analyzing documentation to assist in the development of claims.  Nicole also conducts client and witness interviews, analyzes and summarizes extensive records, performs research and attends and assists at trial.
An advocate for women and children, Nicole co

Born and raised near her grandparent’s family farm in Cynthiana Kentucky, Karen Williams Angelucci, learned to appreciate our connection to our environment. Karen’s childhood, full of outdoor exploration and hard work, has inspired her to write four gardening books for adults and children. A passionate advocate for children’s outdoor education, Karen is working with state officials to expand school curriculum toinclude outdoor learning.

Brandy Bailey of Lexington, Kentucky is an agent with New York Life Insurance Company.  She holds a mater’s degree in business administration and has nearly five years experience in the financial services industry.  In 2008 she took a break from financial services to work on the Clinton campaign and then took a position during the general election working for the coordinated campaign in Colorado.  Brandy stays politically active as the At-large member of the 76th legislative district for the Fayette County Democratic Party as well as volunteering for multiple campaigns.

Amy Bales, of Union, Kentucky, graduated from Miami University in 1991 and studied Spanish at Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico. Presently, she is the Director of Trade Compliance in the automotive industry and a member of the Boone County Democratic Executive Committee. A mom, wife and global trade compliance professional, Amy believes that responsible economic growth allows everyone in a community to be uplifted.

Debbie Barber graduated from Northwestern State University in Louisiana with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  She practiced pediatric critical care nursing for several years.  Ms. Barber returned to graduate school at Baylor College of Medicine where she received a Masters of Science in Nurse Anesthesia.  She has practiced anesthesia for 20 years and recently completed a doctoral degree with a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nurse Anesthesia from Baylor College of Medicine. 

I am a mom to four wonderful kids ranging in age from 6 to 16. As a family we enjoy cooking dinner at the Ronald McDonald house here in Lexington. I help at the schools and have even served at the PTA president at the elementary school. I am also my son's tiger den leader for cub scouts. As a Kroger employee I am a union Steward with UFCW and have served as the Cultural Team Leader for the last 6 years.

Acena Beck

Acena Beck, of Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky, is a family law attorney. She is Of Counsel with O’Hara, Ruberg, Taylor, Sloan & Sergent in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. She is a member of the Kenton County Democratic Executive Committee.
Acena graduated magna cum lade with a B.A. from Morehead State University in 2002, and earned a juris doctor from the Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law in 2007. 
Acena was appointed in 2014 to a three-year term of the Kentucky Access to Justice Commission.

Sheila Berman is a Louisville attorney with a general practice law office focusing on the needs of individuals and small businesses.  Before opening her own practice Sheila gained invaluable experience as a Federal Prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and a trial attorney with the D.C. Attorney General's Office.  Since returning to her hometown of Louisville in 2006 Sheila has participated with numerous community organizations.

Kelsey is a young aspiring leader in the Democratic Party. In 2013 she served as the Minutes Clerk for the Kentucky State Senate in the Kentucky General Assembly, and as the President of the Mercer County Democratic Women's Club. Kelsey is a recent graduate of Campbellsville University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and a minor in Business Management.

Barbara Boyd is  a recently retired Rank I elementary teacher from Jefferson County Public Schools.

Jennifer Belcher Brinkley

Jennifer Belcher Brinkley resides in Warren County and is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky College of Law.  She practices in the areas of family and criminal law.  Jennifer is married, with two stepchildren and one son.  She loves to write and has published a book, a short story, various law related articles, and several poems.  Jennifer is very active in her community and is an advocate for the rights of children and families.  She is a former foster parent and adoptive parent and wants to work to focus attention and resources toward being proactive rat

Betty Brookfield of Springfield, Kentucky, has worked as a college educator for over twenty years. Betty acts as a leader, serving as president of faculty senate and chair of the Fine Arts department. She also chairs the Fine Arts Council, working in partnership with the City of Springfield to nurture an arts presence in the community in order to attract tourism and economic growth. 
Betty believes that the time is now for Kentucky women to step up into leadership positions to move Springfield and Washington County forward.

Anne-Marie Brown, founder of Davis Brown Consulting LLC, specializes in mental health counseling and educational consulting.

Family Court Judge, Jefferson County

Denise Brown received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and graduated from the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville in 1985. Her professional career began as a felony prosecutor for the Commonwealth's Attorney Office and as a juvenile prosecutor for the Jefferson County Attorney's Office. Expanding her litigation skills, Denise was a civil litigator with the City Law Department. As a litigator, Denise defended police officers in Section 1983 actions and provided legal advice to city agencies.

Tobie Brown is a native of Harrodsburg, Ky. She earned her degree in History and Theatre at Kentucky State University, where she was on the National Dean’s list.
Tobie has over 20 years of pageant experience and was active in the Miss America Organization for several years and is now a sought out pageant consultant and judge. She is also a professional model who went on tour with Ebony magazine and modeled in the world’s largest traveling fashion show, known as the Ebony Fashion Fair.
Ms. Brown lived in Los Angeles, CA for several years pursuing her passion for acting and modeling.

Cleopatra Buckner was born in Lula, Mississippi on January 31, 1955 to Mr. and Mrs. Eddie J. Buckner. Her parents divorced when she was very young and her mother brought the family to Louisville, KY.  She has two sisters, one brother living and one deceased brother. Both parents are still living.  Cleopatra is single with no children but has many nieces and nephews, as well as great nieces and nephews. She has been serving our country in the Kentucky Air National Guard for over 20 years as a Traditional Guardsman. She loves meeting people, helping people, singing and cooking.

Josephine Layne Buckner received her Juris Doctorate at Chase College of Law. She is an Assistant County Attorney in the Division of Child Support.

McKenzie Cantrell is the 2016 Democratic nominee for the Kentucky House of Representatives for the 38th District in South Louisville. McKenzie is a public interest attorney in Louisville who specializes in employment law. McKenzie represents individuals with minimum wage and overtime violations and other employment-related claims. McKenzie also participates in community education and policy outreach on employment law topics. McKenzie received her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and her law degree from the University of Louisville-Brandeis School of Law.

Tiffany Carlson

Tiffany Carlson, of Benton, Kentucky, works as a Certified Kentucky Paralegal at the Law Office of Donald E. Thomas.  She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and a Master's Degree in Legal Studies.  She is a mom and a wife, and she is politically active as the President of the Marshall County Democratic Woman's Club, Secretary/Treasure of the 1st District Democratic Woman's Club, and Corresponding Secretary for the Democratic Woman's Club of Kentucky. 

Fayette County Magistrate

Chrysanthia Carr-Seals works as a pastor, adjunct professor, public speaker, writer and advocate for human rights. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, a Master of Public Affairs Degree, a Juris Doctor’s Degree and a Master of Divinity Degree.

Jennifer J. Cave was born in Frankfort, Kentucky and graduated from the University of Kentucky cum laude with a B.S. degree in Biology.  Following graduation, Jennifer worked as an environmental consultant in Massachusetts and Washington state before attending law school.  Jennifer graduated magna cum laude in 2004 from the Seattle University School of Law and joined Cozen O'Connor in Seattle, where she practiced environmental and insurance coverage law.

Shively City Council

Beverly is a member of the Shively City Council, running for her second term. She is a teacher at Stuart Elementary School and is a Director within the Jefferson County Teachers Association. 

Grant County Clerk

Tabatha was raised on beautiful Lake Williamstown and spent many long days working on her grandfather’s farm in rural Grant County. She graduated from Grant County High School in 2000 and attended Northern Kentucky University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations. Upon commencement in 2004, she worked for a marketing corporation in Cincinnati, Ohio. She gained experience before returning back home to work for the City of Williamstown as their Telecommunication Officer.

Jacqueline Coleman is originally from Burgin, Kentucky, graduated from Mercer County High School.  She went on to earn a B.A. in History with an emphasis in Political Science and a secondary education certification from Centre College, and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Louisville. While in graduate school, she worked as a graduate assistant for the women’s basketball team and also worked as a graduate intern for one summer at the Woman’s National Democratic Club in Washington, D.C.

I grew up in Western Kentucky in small town, Cromwell and now live in Louisville, Kentucky with my three children and husband. My childrens events are my volunteer moments such as YMCA assistant soccer coach, Cub Scouts Committee Chair, Scouting for food, and cleaning up the Boys and Girls club in Louisvilles West End. I am currently a full time student working towards my BSN in nursing.

Allyson Cox Taylor is a native of Frankfort, KY. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Government from Morehead State University in 1999 where she received the "Outstanding Senior Government Major" award. In 2002 she completed her Juris Doctorate at the Brandeis College of Law at the University of Louisville where she graduated "Outstanding Female Graduate" for her work to address the needs and concerns of women and children.

Hardin County Circuit Court Clerk

Loretta Crady is a life long resident of Hardin County and has been married to Phillip Crady for 37 years.  They have three daughters and sons-in-law, three grandchildren and one due anytime. Loretta was elected as Hardin County Circuit Court Clerk, a board member of the Kentucky Circuit Courts Trust for Life; 2nd vice-president in the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks Association, where she serves on several committees.  Loretta is a member of the Hardin County Democratic Woman’s club, a member of Zonta of Elizabethtown, and a member of Glendale Christian Church.

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