Sannie Overly new head of Kentucky Democrats

Posted on February 1, 2016 2:46 PM

The State Central Executive Committee of the Kentucky Democratic Party (KDP) elected State Representative and House Majority Caucus Chair Sannie Overly to lead the party Saturday. Chair Overly emerged as the clear choice to lead Kentucky Democrats from Paducah to Pikeville who stand up for public education, affordable health care, and working families across the Commonwealth.

“It’s an honor to be chosen as chair of our Kentucky Democratic Party, the party that I believe is most inclusive and representative of Kentucky values," Overly said. "We fight for what is important to families."

"Our immediate priority is to win the four special elections next month for the Kentucky House. All are competitive seats and all have excellent candidates. Wins on March 8 will propel us to wins across Kentucky this November."

Chair Overly’s election is a signal that keeping our majority in the Kentucky House of Representatives is Democrats' top priority. Many on the committee signaled the House majority as critical to standing up to Gov. Matt Bevin and his policies, which they contend will stifle and reverse our state’s progress in recent years.

“Electing Chair Overly was the clearest signal to our party that the battle over the Kentucky House is where all Democrats must focus their time and energy. The House will hold Gov. Bevin accountable to the people and help ensure we don’t allow the kinds of abuses of power seen in other states," outgoing KDP Chair Patrick Hughes said.

Overly, who was the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor on a ticket with Jack Coway, takes office immediately. She will work with the executive committee and local parties in an attempt to win the upcoming March 8 special elections and to lead the way to victory for all Kentucky Democrats on the ballot in November.

Overly, 49, is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Law. She is a native of Millersburg.


Copyright © The Logan Journal