Retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel Amy McGrath, Democratic candidate for Congress in Kentucky's Sixth District, is set to host an election night event in Richmond.
The community potluck supper will be held at the Copper Fox Event Center, 616 University Shopping Center in Richmond. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event is free. Attendees are encouraged to bring a side dish or dessert.
"Throughout this campaign, Amy has insisted that our focus be on all 19 counties of this district. Madison County is not only the district's second-largest county, but is one of the most critical battlegrounds. Our first of six field offices was opened in Richmond earlier this year and we are very excited to spend election night in Richmond with a community potluck supper as we watch election returns come in,” said Mark Nickolas, McGrath’s campaign manager.
Nickolas said the campaign encourages all to come after the polls close for a hopefully fun night. For those with questions, they can contact volunteer coordinator Hillary Rowe by phone at 859-402-3959 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nickolas said the reason for selecting Madison County is that it is the big swing county in the district. He said in 2004, Ben Chandler won 53 percent of the vote, but by 2016, Jim Gray lost the county by 12 percentage points to Rand Paul.
“If Democrats are going to show strength in the sixth congressional district, you can’t just win it by just doing well in Lexington and Frankfort,” Nickolas said. “Madison County has been critical to our field operation and this is a perfect way to close out the primary. Hopefully, it will be a wonderful and festive night for us.”
The county holds a special place for Nickolas as well. He was Chandler’s campaign manager when Chandler won a 2004 special election for the sixth congressional seat. The campaign came to Madison County on that election night too.
“I have a fondness for Madison County and hopefully we’ll be back down in November,” Nickolas said.
Jonathan Greene is the editor of The Register; follow him on Twitter @jgreeneRR.