Charles Booker forms exploratory committee for U.S. Senate

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In a video message posted on Monday morning, former Kentucky State Representative Charles Booker announced the formation of an exploratory committee to consider a campaign for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Rand Paul. The new committee is Rep. Booker’s most definitive step yet in the process of testing the waters for a candidacy in the 2022 election cycle.

“As Kentuckians, we know about tough times. But over these last few years, we have truly been through a lot,” said former Rep. Booker. “It’s been hard, but as Kentuckians, we stood up and showed up for our neighbors, finding ways to uplift and help each other however we could. But even in a historic, unprecedented public health and economic crisis, most of our politicians couldn’t be bothered to do anything, voting against survival checks for working families and trying to take away our health care in order to give our money away to wealthy campaign donors. Kentuckians deserve a senator who will fight as hard for us as we fight for each other, and that’s why I’m formally announcing an exploratory committee for U.S. Senate. We can, we will, and we must build a future that works for all of us instead of just for a wealthy few.”

Last year, Rep. Booker’s insurgent campaign for U.S. Senate nearly won the Democratic Party’s nomination, despite being badly outspent. Rep. Booker’s campaign championed a bold, forward-looking vision for Kentucky that included health care for all, ambitious action to address the climate crisis, an end to generational poverty, and a visionary racial justice platform, which generated enormous enthusiasm, brought thousands of new people into the political process, and won the backing of state lawmakers, prominent editorial boards, and leaders from communities across Kentucky and the labor movement.

To watch the video of former State Rep. Charles Booker’s announcement, click here.


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