Meet Andrew Bailey, Democratic Candidate for the 38th Senate District Special Election on January 14, 2020
As a lifelong educator, Andrew Bailey knows what it means to serve his community. Now, he wants to take his service to the next level representing Bullitt and Jefferson counties in the State Senate.
A Louisville native, Bailey spent 13 years teaching history and robotics to students at Fairdale High School. A married father of two, Bailey says “everything I do is for the next generation.”
This mindset of service to his community and the next generation led him into broader community service. Late in the 2018 legislative session, the Republican-controlled legislature pushed through a now infamous “sewer bill” that tried to gut public pensions, including those for teachers. The Republican-controlled state budget also made severe cuts to education programs.
It was then that Bailey realized Frankfort needed more educators in office to help drive better education funding and policies. Since the filing deadline had already passed, Bailey mounted a write-in campaign for the 38th Senate District in 2018. He received a historic number of write-in votes from people who were tired of politics as usual in Frankfort.
With the retirement of Sen. Dan Seum, Bailey has decided to renew his efforts to bring better education policy and funding to Frankfort, while also standing up for working families in his district.
It’s a major contrast with his opponent, a political appointee of Matt Bevin who participated in investigations of teachers who rallied at the Capitol for better education funding. While Bailey was working with students in the classroom, his opponent was trying to find a way to fine teachers $1,000 a day for advocating for better classroom funding.
“Andrew Bailey is a great educator and fighter for working class families and his district would be best served by sending him to Frankfort to work with Governor-elect Andy Beshear,” Kentucky Democratic Party spokeswoman Marisa McNee said. “Compare his 13 years of service in the classroom to that of his opponent, a career politician who’s run for office multiple times in different counties and just finished up four years working to advance the harmful policies of Matt Bevin. The choice is clear on January 14 — and that choice is Andrew Bailey.”