Kentucky Elects First African American Woman To State Legislature In 20 Years, Attica Scott

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Photo Credit: Twitter/@atticascott

Photo Credit: Twitter/@atticascott

History is being made in Kentucky, USA, as we speak.

Attica Scott, a mother, an activist, and a community leader, will become the state’s first black woman to serve in Kentucky’s State Legislature in 20 years. Earlier this week, Scott won the Democratic primary for Kentucky’s 41st House District, defeating Tom Riner who had served in the Kentucky House since 1992, and Phil Baker.

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Scott does not have a Republican challenger to face on election day November 8, so victory is ultimately hers! She took to her personal Twitter account on Tuesday (May 17) to share the exciting news to voters and those that supported her: “Representative Riner just called to concede. Thank you to every single one of you who believed that we could do it. Great job, folks!”

After vocalizing her major win, Scott spoke to NBCBLK about the race, her challenger, and what her priorities will be when she takes her game-changing seat.

“It feels amazing to be the first black woman in almost two decades to be elected to the legislature in Frankfort — that’s huge. I’m representing a district that is 50 percent Black and 50 percent white so that says that people across the district regardless of race believed in my leadership and also knew it was time for a new voice and a fresh face,” Scott said.

When it came to her opponents, Attica expressed that the major key in her big win was understanding that the voters need representation that was “21st Century thinking and forward thinking.”

“During the campaign it was really about highlighting that we needed a new voice and a fresh face in Frankfurt,” she explained. “We had this 34-year incumbent who was anti-LGBT and anti-women’s rights. He was a Democrat in name only and refused to caucus with the Democrats since the 1990s, so it was really about highlighting and exposing his record and lifting up my social justice agenda.”

Well, we’ve got three words for Scott: Clap for her! 

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