Rep. Attica Scott, the keynote speaker at the Oldham County Democrats dinner. (photo by Drew McMurtrie)
Rep. Attica Scott, the keynote speaker at the Oldham County Democrats dinner. (photo by Drew McMurtrie)

Via a statement on her Facebook page, state Representative Attica Scott has announced that she will not enter the race for governor in 2019.

I am disappointed.

I am disappointed not necessarily because I thought she could win (although I wouldn’t put anything past her, including that), but because we needed her voice in this year’s election. She would have brought unique perspectives to the discussion, including being a person of color, a single mother, and a community organizer.

But before you think her only positives would have been her personal identity and background, let me hasten to add that she also would have brought something else incredibly important to the race: herself.

Attica Scott is a strong voice for the powerless and disenfranchised. She is fearless in standing up to the powerful that would harm our citizens and our commonwealth. And she is not afraid to call out things that are wrong, whether it be a bill, a person, or a governor.

It’s obvious that we need more diversity in our state legislature. But even more than that, we need more people like Attica Scott – people who do not go along to get along, who don’t play the same old political games, and who worry more about serving the people than about the next election.

I kept hoping that Rep. Scott would be in the race, either as a candidate herself or as someone’s running mate. I had visions of her going out into the rural parts of the state and winning the doubters over, as I know she would have done. That is not to be in 2019.

But, the good news is that she will be back in Frankfort, working hard on behalf of her constituents and for the people of Kentucky, and speaking truth to power whenever it needs to be spoken.

And the other good news is that there are other elections in the future, including for governor, and perhaps we’ll see “Attica Scott” on one of those ballots.


Bruce Maples
Bruce Maples has been involved in politics and activism since 2004, when he became active in the Kerry Kentucky movement. He has been President, Vice-President, and Treasurer of the Metro Democratic Club, and has served on the Democratic Party Executive Committee in Louisville. He began blogging in 2004, and currently operates two personal blogs ( and He founded Forward Kentucky in the wake of the state elections in 2015, and expanded it in the summer of 2016. He has lived in Louisville since 1992 with his wife and two sons.