Susan Haddix is a retired public high school teacher who believes that "A pension is a promise." She knows that pensions, social security, and medicare are benefits paid for by individual workers and not some unearned entitlement. Holding retirees livelihood hostage is just plain wrong.
Susan Haddix is on a mission to take compassionate legislature values to the state house. She wants to help assure our state government:
· Defends the rights of every citizen to fair equal treatment and benefits
· Provides access to affordable healthcare and high quality public education
· Protects our clean drinking water, air, and agricultural environment
· Ensures people are able to earn a living wage in a safe work places
· Pilots sustainable job growth in new ways
Why am I running for office?
I was born at the end of the baby boomers, 1962. I and my peers grew up watching the US do the impossible, "We put a man on the moon before the end of the century!" We watched the country being torn in many directions on colored TV's but we as a country could do anything if we really wanted to. I, as I enter the political world, do so because I carry hope.
What inspired me to run for office?
In April 2017 I went to the Climate, Jobs, and Justice March in D.C. as a “Defender of Truth.” Hundreds of thousands of us surrounded the White House. We took a knee, became silent, then in unison, thumped our chests as a heartbeat. Thump-thump, thump-thump, I was one with the frustrated majority in our United States. This was the heartbeat of America. Inside we were being mocked and laughed at and tweeted about. I knew I had to do more than protest, write, and call. I had to do more.
The need for groups like ’Black Lives Matter’, the ‘Occupy Movement’ ending in large quantities of pepper spray and snipers taking position, Right-to-Work stuff, the pile just kept growing throughout 2017. Heather Heyer was mowed down in Charlottesville in August and we gathered again to burn candles. During our memorial service an unknown guy asked us, “Where will real change come from? If not here, where? ...If not you, who?” And it made me more certain that I would run for KY Senate against a former student that I didn’t agree with. I also figured that if he could do it I certainly could.
I asked several people I knew would do a good job if they would run against J. Carpenter for us but no one would or could. I just kept thinking about that saying ‘everybody, somebody, anybody, nobody.’
Running for and serving in public office can cause difficulties for the candidate’s families so I asked my daughter what she thought of the idea. She was always encouraging. She is currently attending college. I retired in 2015, widowed and empty nested in 2016. I have the time, energy, and ability to do a good job as a State Senator.
At the Thanksgiving dinner table, I asked my extended family what they thought of the idea. My Uncle Joe, who was the most conservative guy I have ever met, smiled, gave me a thumbs up, and said, “Go for it!” Monday morning after Thanksgiving I mailed in my forms.