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Sheri Donahue is running for the 36th district state Senate seat. Find out more about her, how to vote, important issues, and more below!

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The Issues

Education

We must prepare Kentucky students to excel in the careers of the future and that means we must support and invest in great public schools at all levels: early education, K-12, vocational training and our universities. 

We also need to provide adequate resources to schools so they can offer proven programs that help kids learn, including S.T.E.M education, the arts, P.E., afterschool care, and Family Resource and Youth Services Centers. We also have to find ways to make college more affordable for working families.

Today, our system punishes hardworking, ambitious Kentuckians by forcing them to take on crippling debt to pay for a college education, even though a more educated workforce strengthens our economy and helps all of us. Kentuckians deserve better.

Pensions

Preparing our students for the future means we have to provide resources for teachers, including the financial security of knowing the pensions they’ve been promised will be fully funded. We’ve made the same promise to our police officers, firefighters, rescue workers and many other professionals who’ve devoted their careers to serving the people of Kentucky.  

We have to work together to find fiscally responsible ways to honor our state’s commitments to both public servants and the public.  That means we have to reduce wasteful spending and find new sources of revenue for Kentucky, including modernizing our outdated tax code and exploring other options including expanded gaming.

Veterans

Our veterans made a tremendous commitment to serving our country and many paid the ultimate price. We have to honor them by returning the favor.  I am a fierce advocate for veterans as well as military spouses and families and I want to work with the military community, state and federal agencies and the private sector to help more veterans find jobs, health care, education and other resources in Kentucky.  As home to two major U.S. Army installations, Fort Knox and Fort Campbell, we should do more to recruit high-skilled veterans to settle in Kentucky as they transition from military service to civilian life.

Health Care

State government should be opening up Kentuckians’ access to health care instead of cutting it off by restricting Medicaid. Our state especially needs to provide better access to treatment for opioid addiction. This an equal-opportunity crisis, devastating families across Kentucky, and we need to provide equal-opportunity treatment for people who are ready to get help instead of forcing them to wait. I also strongly endorse legalizing medical marijuana, which can help ease chronic pain, which is particularly a concern among seniors and many of our veterans.

Jobs and Workers

We must create a modern economy where every Kentuckian has the opportunity to get a job that pays enough to provide financial and economic security for themselves, their families and our communities.

We also have to attract more skilled workers and businesses to our state and encourage Kentucky’s entrepreneurs, particularly in rural areas where traditional industries are employing fewer and fewer people.

We must address the challenges many working families face in trying to make ends meet. That’s why the state should work with the private sector to provide working Kentuckians with better access to affordable child care, health care, education and other opportunities.

I believe in the power of unions, and the rights of workers to organize and bargain for better pay and conditions.  Also, our economy requires many of Kentucky’s professionals to operate in dangerous work environments, which means we have to protect and support first responders, machinists, electricians, construction and manufacturing workers, nurses and others who may be injured on the job.  

My support for these workers means I oppose arbitrary limits on workers’ compensation for hazardous-duty public employees like firefighters and police officers who take risks every day for the safety of their fellow Kentuckians.  And in situations where they make the ultimate sacrifice, we must provide for their families without exception.

Justice and Equality

Fairness

I believe in justice for all, and that means preserving and promoting every Kentuckian’s civil rights. That includes passing and enforcing laws against discrimination based on race, ethnicity, sex, age, faith as well as disability or LGBT. Diversity enriches our community and makes us stronger.  

Choice

I’m a strong supporter of a woman’s right to choose and will oppose any attempt to further restrict a woman’s legal right to access safe abortion services.

Immigration

In recent years, immigration has become Louisville’s primary source of population growth.  That means it’s critical for our future that we continue to welcome good, hardworking people from around the world to know they can come here and join our community. Many of our new neighbors are brave people who have escaped persecution, poverty, war, starvation and more to come here. Others were brought here as children and have grown up as Kentuckians. In addition, many immigrants have professional skills and expertise in fields like business, medicine and technology that help our economy.      

Stopping Cyber Crime

As the National President (volunteer) of InfraGard for 3 years, I led this nonprofit organization which was a public-private partnership between the FBI and the private sector infrastructure sectors focused on improving the security of our critical infrastructures. While we addressed physical security, terrorist and domestic threats
and natural disasters, much of the focus was on cyber security issues which affects all sectors of our community and economy.

Kentucky needs stronger laws and better systems to protect our citizens’ private information and to prosecute criminals who try to steal it.  You can’t fight 21st-century crime with 19th-century legal tools.  In our laws, like in so many other areas, state government needs to catch up with the world where Kentuckians are living, working and raising families.  

Voting

Registering

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If you need to register to vote in Kentucky, you can register online right now. It’s easy.

Visit GoVoteKy.com and follow the instructions to complete or update your voter registration. If you’re already registered, you can help a friend get registered by sharing the link or helping them use your computer, tablet, or smartphone. 

The primary is May 22, 2018. 
The deadline to register to vote in the primary is April 23, 2018.
The general election is November 6, 2018.
The deadline to register to vote in the general election is October 9, 2018.

If you have questions about registering to vote or voting in Louisville Metro, check out the Board of Elections’ Frequently Asked Questions page. You can also call or visit the Jefferson County Election Center:

Election Center
The Edison Center
710 W. Ormsby Ave.
Louisville, KY 40203
phone: (502) 574-6100

Where to Vote

Polling locations often change. For this reason, it is a good idea to look up where you will be voting before election day. If you live in Louisville Metro click here to see where you vote on Election Day.

On election day, remember to bring proper identification to the poll to be eligible to vote. Check the Secretary of State’s Voter Information Guide for current valid forms of identification.

The General Election is Tuesday November 6, 2018
Polls will be open: 6am – 6pm 

Questions: Call Jefferson County Board of Elections at (502) 574-6100.

Absentee Ballot

Polling locations often change. For this reason, it is a good idea to look up where you will be voting before election day. If you live in Louisville Metro click here to see where you vot

KENTUCKY LAW ALLOWS PEOPLE TO VOTE AT THE ELECTION CENTER PRIOR TO ELECTION DAY FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:

  1. Voter will be outside the county on Election Day.
  2. Student who temporarily resides outside the county in which he/she is registered who will be out of the county on Election Day.
  3. Voter who is a member of the Armed Forces or a dependent of a member of the Armed Forces and who will be out of the county on Election Day.
  4. Voter who is a member of the Armed Forces who will be confined to base within the county on Election Day and who learns of that confinement within 7 days or less of the election.
  5. Voter who is a citizen residing overseas and will be out of the county on Election Day.
  6. Voter or spouse of voter who has surgery scheduled that will require hospitalization on Election Day.
  7. Precinct Election Officer serving in a precinct other than that in which he is registered or an Alternate Precinct Election Officer.
  8. Member or any staff for the County Board of Elections; Any deputy county clerk; any staff for the State Board of Elections.
  9. FOR PRESIDENTIAL BALLOT ONLY: Moved to another state after its registrations books closed.
  10. A woman in her last trimester of pregnancy.
  11. KRS 117.088 – Pilot program for unassisted voting by blind and visually impaired persons.

If you would like to have an absentee ballot mailed to your home, you may request one for any of the following reasons:

  1. Person who due to age, disability, or illness will be unable to go to the polls on election day.
  2. Student who temporarily resides outside the county in which he/she is registered.
  3. Voter who temporarily resides outside the state but who is still eligible to vote in this state.
  4. Person incarcerated in jail who has been charged with a crime but has yet to be convicted of the crime.
  5. Person whose employment location requires him/her to be absent from the county all hours and all days absentee voting by machine is conducted.
  6. Military personnel confined to a military base on Election Day.
  7. Residents of Kentucky and their dependents that are members of the Armed Forces.
  8. Kentucky citizens residing overseas.

Absentee Ballot Application Forms can be requested in person, by phone, mail or email from:

Board of Elections 

Urban Government Center
710 W. Ormsby Ave.
Louisville, Ky 40203
(502) 574-6100 

Email: Absentee@jeffersoncountyclerk.org

Communities

Anchorage, Bancroft, Barbourmeade, Beechwood Village, Bellemeade, Bellewood, Blue Ridge Manor, Briarwood, Brownsboro Village, Coldstream, Crossgate, Douglass Hills, Druid Hills, Fincastle, Forest Hills, Goose Creek, Graymoor-Devondale, Hickory Hill, Hurstbourne, Indian Hills, Jeffersontown, Langdon Place, Louisville, Lyndon, Maryhill Estates, Meadow Vale, Meadowbrook Farm, Middletown, Mockingbird Valley, Moorland, Northfield, Norwood, Old Brownsboro Place, Plantation, Richlawn, Riverwood, Rolling Fields, Rolling Hills, Springlee, St. Matthews, Sycamore, Westwood, Wildwood, Windy Hills, Woodland Hills, Woodlawn Park, Worthington Hills

Zip Codes

40023, 40041, 40206, 40207, 40220, 40222, 40223, 40241, 40242, 40243, 40245, 40299

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Thank you all for your support on this endeavor. While we did not win, we had an amazing journey and closed what had once been a 33-point gap to less than 7 points in a race that the powers-that-be had long written off as “unwinnable”. In fact, with no money, we earned a higher share of the vote than any of the 5 targeted Senate races in the state. We have proven what is possible and have inspired East Louisville to speak their voice and know that Democrats can win.

Thank you to organized labor who were my biggest and most loyal supporters, from people I have known since I was 6 to new friends. These are truly dedicated, committed, hard-working individuals who care about their communities and their families. They give more than they receive, and I am determined to help them in the future as much as they’ve helped me in this race. Eddie Devine, Gene Holthouser, John Stovall, Jay Dennis, Jimmy Fisher, Julie Chappell and so many others are now my brothers and sisters.

Thank you to the party, my campaign staff and volunteers. They give so much of their time to help get people elected who will carry our message forward and make positive change. Some of these people will now be my friends forever: Daniel Grossberg, who was my strategist, Evan Kent Westphal, who was my manager, Meghan Wright, who helped in my primary, and Deborah O'Hara, Danny Glidewell, Jamie Moe, and all my other wonderful volunteers. Thank you all for believing in me and my message.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to my family. My mom, unable to get around very well, called countless voters for me. My dad went to Frankfort with me to file. My aunts and uncles came to my events. My Aunt Mary A Jones and Uncle Mike signed my papers when I filed to run. My wonderful boyfriend, Victor Kevin Korfhage, a retired LFD firefighter, who supported me in so many ways from doing laundry, cooking and grocery shopping when I didn’t have time, and who at times had to deal with a stressed-out candidate that needed to vent. Last, but certainly not least, my son Ryan Donahue who encouraged me from the start and kept me on track. Most of all, he told me on Election Night that my running for office had a tremendous impact on him and his decisions of his life plans. His pride and respect mean more to me than anything else. If I inspired him to be a better citizen, I am victorious.

Thank you, most of all, to those who voted for me. Thank you for your faith and confidence. I enjoyed every minute I got to speak with you and listen to your thoughts and concerns. We didn’t win the race, but we were successful in progressing our message. I promise you all that I won’t simply go away defeated. I will continue to fight for you, for our families, for our safety, and for those who suffer or live in fear. Our veterans continue to suffer from PTSD. Our parents still send their children to school fearful of active shooters. Our hard-working teachers and other public employees are anxious over their pensions. I will continue to speak up for them and will never forget what we fight for. I ask that you never forget me. I have learned many lessons and I will be back better and stronger. As this chapter ends, a new chapter begins.

Thank you, everyone, for all you have taught me and all you have shared with me. You have my eternal gratitude and loyalty.
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I was finally able to reach Senator Adams to congratulate her on her hard-fought victory. I know many of us wish it had gone the other direction, but she will remain our State Senator. While she and I don’t agree on the issues, I truly believe she cares about our community. She has promised that she will make every effort be responsive, inclusive and bipartisan as our elected representative. It is not just our right, but our duty as citizens to call on her when we have concerns. I will call on her at times and ask you to do the same. Let’s all come together to help her best serve us. ... See MoreSee Less

Great advice from a great president!! And entertaining too. Take a few minutes and watch.
Then go out and vote for Sheri Donahue as your next state senator. We can make the change one seat at a time.

ATTN:
President Barack Obama doesn't have time for these 7 excuses not to vote.
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1 month ago

Sheri Donahue for Kentucky State Senate

So thrilled to share Congressman Yarmuth's endorsement. Thank you Congressman Yarmuth for all the support and all the work you and your team are doing to drive turnout in this election!

Everyone, please get out and vote tomorrow!I’m proud to extend my endorsement to three great candidates running for state assembly seats. Maria Sorolis for Kentucky - Sorolis4Kentucky, a lawyer and educator, is running in house district 48. Rob Walker for Ky House is a lawyer running for state house in district 33. And Sheri Donahue for Kentucky State Senate in an engineer running for State Senate is district 36. All of these candidates have been tireless in their campaigns: standing up for education and teacher’s pensions, fighting to expand access to affordable healthcare, and speaking out for fairness and decency in our commonwealth. I hope you’ll vote for them tomorrow.
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1 month ago

Sheri Donahue for Kentucky State Senate

I am proud to have the support and endorsement of Save Our Schools Kentucky, the pro-public education advocacy group for the state of Kentucky.These Candidates Signed SOSKY’s Pledge to Support Public Schools
They are Running Against The Incumbents Who Voted For Charter Schools
Vote for Pro-Public Education Candidates on November 6!
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