On Thanksgiving Day in 2016, Susan Haddix approached her family with a question at the dinner table: “What would you think if I ran for office?” Haddix’s uncle, who was “the most conservative” person she ever met, smiled, gave her a thumbs up, and said, “Go for it!” The following Monday, Haddix mailed in her candidacy forms to run as Democrat in Kentucky’s 34th district.

Susan Haddix backstory

Haddix, a retired Physics and Math teacher at Madison Southern High School, grew up in Richmond, Kentucky where her parents were professors at Eastern Kentucky University. Despite their careers in education, Haddix’s parents pushed her towards jobs related to industry solely for the money. “I really wanted to make a difference in the world,” said Haddix. “I’m not a risk taker. I saw that if I worked as a teacher I would have retirement benefits. I didn’t go into teaching to make money, same as I’m not going into politics to make money.”

With a passion for geometry and problem solving, Haddix ended up teaching for 30 years. It wasn’t until she attended the 2017 Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice rally in Washington D.C. that she felt compelled to run for office. “I’ve always written letters and made phone calls,” Haddix said. “That really wasn’t enough.”

During the rally protestors took a knee outside of the White House, became silent, and in unison patted their chests to create a heartbeat noise. “It was amazing. So, here outside the White House, hundreds and thousands of people were trying to better the world and inside [the White House] they were laughing at us, taking pictures of us, tweeting about us … I had to do more,” said Haddix.

Susan Haddix on the issues

After announcing her candidacy, Haddix established her political format as a candidate who is ‘pro-people.’ She views health care, clean water, and public assistance via pension and social security as a right and not a privilege. Along with these issues, Haddix also fights for public education, arguing that it is an outlet to relieve citizens from poverty and to “build a better future for all.”

“My grandpa was a steel mill worker from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. All three of the steel worker’s kids got great jobs and made it out of the valley because of education. That’s an opportunity we have to make sure we keep for everybody,” said Haddix. “I will fight tooth and nail against charter schools and make sure that public schools have adequate funding. College education also needs to be more affordable; it’s out of reach for most of my students,” Haddix said.

I will fight tooth and nail against charter schools and make sure that public schools have adequate funding. – Susan Haddix, candidate for KY SenateClick To Tweet

Following the end of Kentucky’s legislative session, Haddix claimed that Kentucky legislators “are out of touch” and have spawned “a movement, not a moment.”

“They’ve energized us. The whole discussion in Kentucky of what we want and what we want our state to be is led by this legislative session. We have to do something,” Haddix said. “I am running for the good of the people and not for myself. I will do everything I can to help the common person.”

Kentucky legislators are out of touch. Because of their actions, they have spawned a movement, not a moment. – Susan Haddix, candidate for KY SenateClick To Tweet

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Hayle Hall
Hayle Hall is a Sophomore at Transylvania University where she majors in Writing, Rhetoric, and Communication. On campus, she writes for Transylvania's student-led paper, The Rambler, and is a member of the women's lacrosse team. In her free time, Hayle enjoys creating graphics, reading, and spending time with family.