Defending families, led to Barnes’ House bid
After defending the innocent, the disadvantaged and helping western Kentucky families for the last eight years, Abigail Barnes decided to step up and run for office.
Barnes is running for the state’s 4th House District encompassing Caldwell, Crittenden and Livingston counties and part of Christian County.
Spending her entire career representing people in western Kentucky, Barnes continues to focus on building her life in the place she loves.
Prior to coming to Alford Law Office, Barnes spent three years employed by the McCracken County Attorney’s Office.
As a prosecutor, she first focused on the prosecution of domestic violence assaults and worked closely with the McCracken County’s Victim Advocate’s office, who assists victims in gaining access to the court system.
Barnes later worked as the director of the McCracken County Child Support Enforcement Branch of the McCracken County Attorney’s Office. Prior to that, Barnes spent three years representing indigent clients at the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy where she focused on achieving justice for those without power in the justice system.
“I have spent my career standing up for those who need it and I decided to run in order to support justice in the Kentucky Legislature,” Barnes said. “With my legal background, I am at a stage in my career that I am qualified to do things necessary in the Legislature. Qualified people need to stand up and work for everyday people.”
Another reason to run, Barnes cites the insufficient job her Republican opponent Rep. Lynn Bechler has done for her district. He has only supported an agenda that does not focus on the needs of everyday people.
Barnes opposes charter schools and supports a living wage. She grew up in Livingston County near Salem, Kentucky.
Barnes and her husband James have two children Rain and Evelyn.