Patti Piatt, congressional candidate in Kentucky’s District 4, talks about juggling three jobs, going to college and being a single mom, then becoming a corporate executive and losing a son.
When we asked Patti about the moment she decided to run, she had this to say:
“First, I wrote a letter to Congress in the 7th grade. Then I was going to go to law school and run for Congress, but life got in the way. And years later at the 2017 Women’s March I saw all these women standing together. From that moment on I knew, this was the time.”
She had this to say about what the impact will be with so many women running for political office:
“Instead of a room full of old guys deciding what’s best for women, we get a voice in the room. And that’s what we need.”
Congressional candidate Amy McGrath tells us about how she dreamed of becoming a fighter pilot as a young girl, the impact her mom has had on her life and now her path as a candidate in the race for the U.S. House of Representatives in Kentucky’s 6th District.
When we asked Amy about the impact her mom has had on her life and her path to Congress, she said, “She was a working mom, a doctor. When I was growing up in the 80s not many women were doctors. I thought that was the norm. I knew she was doing what she loved and I loved that. She told me follow your dreams and you can do it.”
Find out more about Amy: AmyMcGrathforCongress.com
Tracy and Kathy talk to Denise about how she changed careers from law to Special Education and now is running for Kentucky’s District 28 Senate seat.
When we asked her about the moment she decided to run for State Senate of Kentucky, she said, “There were several moments. But, there was one specific moment. She was a student at one of the schools where I teach. I found her crying in the library one day. I asked her, ‘what’s wrong?’ She said, ‘Miss Gray, I can’t do anything in life.’ She thought it was because she was a girl, Latina and because she’s poor. I said to her, ‘I’m a girl, my mom is from South America and I’m definitely not rich, so you can definitely do anything with your life. It was at that moment I realized she needed to see someone of color, someone who’s a girl, who could to go out and make a change and make a difference.”
Find out more about Denise Gray go to: DeniseGray4ky.com
Dr. Mai Khanh Tran (CA39) took time in between her young patients to do this interview. The moment we met her we felt an immediate connection. As she shared her life story, my mom and I were spellbound. This is why we’re traveling across the country to meet these women.
When we asked Dr. Mai Khanh Tran about how she came to this country so many years ago, she had this to say:
“I was part of the orphan airlift prior to the end of the Vietnam war at the age of 9. It was the only way we were going to get out of the country. When I landed in the U.S., an American soldier got on to the plane and carried me off. So I was carried on to American soil by a U.S. soldier. It was the soldier who really gave me this vision of what America is all about; How great and kind and compassionate and welcoming it is.”
Dr. Tran continued:
“So, one of the reasons I’m running is because of my 5 year old daughter. I’ve battled breast cancer twice and after that I had to go through big rounds of IVF for my beautiful daughter.
But I’m worried that the vision of America that she sees is different than the vision I saw when I first came to The States.”