LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Kentucky state Representative Charles Booker wants to take on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in November. Booker officially entered the U.S. Senate race Sunday, January 5.
Booker held a rally in front of community leaders and friends and told the crowd why he believes he is the Democrats’ best bet to beat McConnell.
“Today, I am entering the race for the U.S. Senate,” said Charles Booker. “But this isn’t the start of a campaign — this is the beginning of a movement. A movement of the people taking on the powerful. A movement of Kentuckians whose voices haven’t been heard. A movement of regular folks coming together to say we’re not going to be lied to, ignored, and robbed by politicians any longer. Because folks across Kentucky are ready for change.”
Booker was elected to the House of Representatives in2018 becoming the youngest African-American state legislator in 90 years. He has spent his time in office fighting for gun safety reform, voting rights, and helping Kentuckians to secure access to insulin.
Booker graduated from the University of Louisville and the University of Louisville School of Law. He launched his exploratory committee in November 2019 and has spent the months following traveling around Kentucky.
Currently there are six other individuals, including Amy McGrath, who have filed papers seeking the Democratic nomination for senator. Kentucky’s primary election will take place May 19, 2020.