Crystal Chappell advocates for public schools and workers’ rights

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Middle school teacher Crystal Chappell, the democratic candidate for State Senate District 6 in western Kentucky, is working hard to to bring common sense back to Frankfort.

With her strong professional commitment to public school education, coupled with her family’s longtime union heritage, Crystal is dedicated to advancing a state government that works for everybody, not just the wealthy few at the top.

Crystal and her husband Shad are both middle school teachers. As a dedicated educator, Crystal believes that it is time for more teachers to be engaged in decision-making and legislation that directly affect our state’s public schools, their students, and teacher pensions. Crystal supports adequate funding for public education, and she is against for-profit charter schools.

“I am a teacher who understands the needs of the next generation and I have new, fresh ideas to address old and persistent problems that plague our Commonwealth,” she says. In addition, she would like to see more career opportunities and pathways available to students when they graduate, “so that the 6th district’s most valuable export is not our young people.”

Both Crystal’s and Shad’s families share a strong heritage of union ties. She and her husband are both active members of the Kentucky Education Association. Her grandfather was a union cement finisher, and her husband is a third generation union member who belongs to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) local 1701. Not surprisingly, protecting the rights and benefits of all workers will be among her top priorities as a state senator.

Having been raised by a single mother, Crystal understands the implications that come with that situation as well. “More often than not, we felt the struggle of trying to make do with far too little. I have never forgotten where I came from and how blessed I’ve been to be where I am. My upbringing instilled in me the desire to help others just as I was helped during my youth.”

As a longtime participant in the Muhlenberg County Democratic Executive Committee, including being chair since 2012, and a longtime member of the Kentucky Democratic party Central Executive Committee, Crystal has been a keen observer of the state and national political scene.

“I’ve been watching what has been happening in both Frankfort and Washington for the past several years. After the 2016 elections, I decided enough is enough. I can complain or I can get more directly involved. Our government must start working for the people again,” she says.

“I’ve been watching what has been happening in both Frankfort and Washington for the past several years. After the 2016 elections, I decided enough is enough. Our government must start working for the people again.' – Crystal Chappell, KY Senate candidateClick To Tweet

In preparation for her run for office, she applied for Emerge Kentucky’s training program and was accepted, along with 25 other women across the Commonwealth, in late 2016.  Emerge is a premier candidate training program that prepares democratic women to run for office and empowers them to pursue public office with a goal of changing the face of power, politics, and leadership in government. As of today, there are 55 Emerge Kentucky graduates on the ballot in November.

In addition, Crystal was selected by the National Education Association as one of 28 candidates across the nation to be trained in Dallas, Texas, at the “See Educators Run” Seminar. These candidates shared a common desire of driving change in their communities by running for office.

Why votes should choose Crystal Chappell

“I want to leave a positive impact on our district and our state. I want our voices to be heard. I want a brighter future for the next generation. We need common sense in Frankfort. We need a government that works for all of us, not just those at the top. We need a place at the table.”

'We need common sense in Frankfort. We need a government that works for all of us, not just those at the top. We need a place at the table.' – Crystal Chappell, candidate for KY SenateClick To Tweet

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Catherine Hill
Catherine Hill is a Louisville writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including Insider Louisville, Business First, Valeo Magazine and Humana Military Healthcare Services newsletters.