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Teacher Challenging Incumbent in 7th District State House Race

VoteSmart & Kentucky Legislature

A retired teacher who is a first-time candidate is challenging the incumbent state representative in Kentucky’s 7th District that covers Union County and part of Daviess and Henderson counties. It’s one of the races that will be decided on Election Day, Nov. 6.

At a Democratic rally in Owensboro, retired teacher Joy Gray said she decided to make her first run for public office when the current GOP-controlled legislature passed laws like eliminating the prevailing wage. That means construction companies, not the state, will be allowed to set worker wages on state-funded projects. Gray said she is also upset about the pension bill that scaled back some benefits for teachers, after they’ve been putting about 17 percent of their paychecks into the retirement system.

“I am appalled by the attack on the working families,” said Gray. “Our working families carry the weight of this country and it’s like they’re trying to destroy the middle class and people who have to work so hard to earn a living.”

Republican incumbent Suzanne Miles spoke at the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce Red, White and Blue political forum. Miles said some budget decisions made by the legislature are intended to put more money under local control.

“I am also the only candidate for the 7th District endorsed by the Right to Life,” said Miles. “The other item that is very important to me is the right to bear arms. I am endorsed by the NRA also.”

Miles has held the 7th District House seat since 2014.

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