Over the weekend Charles Booker, who is running for U.S. Senate in Kentucky, stopped in town to meet the people of Hopkinsville.
Booker, a native of Louisville, served in the Kentucky House of Representatives, representing the 43rd district from 2019 to 2021.
Booker came to Hopkinsville on Saturday for a meet and greet, introducing himself, while also listening to the needs of locals in the city. Booker’s rally began downtown at Ferrell’s and ended on the east side of town, at E’s Eats BBQ.
When asked why Booker chose to rally at local food spots, he simply laughed and said he came from a family that loved to cook and preferred to eat at places well known for home cooked meals.
“My life story is really why I’m doing it, I don’t come from politics,” Booker said about why he is running for Senate. “I grew up on the west side on Louisville that’s known as the hood. We didn’t have a lot of money. We had a lot of faith during hard times. I grew up seeing my mom struggle. I am a type one diabetic, I had to ration my insulin because we couldn’t afford it. I’ve had cousins murdered, and I also have three daughters. I am trying to figure out as a father, as someone who loves my family and community, what it will take to make things better. We need leadership at the federal level to make the change, so that’s my plan — fighting for change all over Kentucky.”
While representing the 43rd district as a state legislator, he passed bipartisan legislation that provides emergency lifesaving medication to those who need it regardless of income and wrote the policy that forms the basis upon which voting rights were restored to more than 150,000 Kentuckians by Executive Order.
During his term, he was Kentucky’s youngest black state lawmaker.
“The biggest issue in Kentucky is the structural inequity in generational poverty,” Booker said. “We don’t hear candidates talk about poverty and how it’s connected to everything. Economies have declined, jobs have left, people are struggling to get by, while also trying to receive health care and manage providing food on their tables, all while not even mentioning crime. These issues are happening because we are not investing in the people. The people are the heart of my platform.”
Bookers said he plans to visit Hopkinsville frequently. In hopes to connecting with natives and as well as hearing what the people need.
“We are building this for the people.” he added in closing. “This is not a corporate driven campaign. This is about regular folks standing together to lift our voices. We are doing work to build capacity and to build infrastructure within the system. For too long, the voices of everyday Kentuckians living the struggle have been drowned out by politicians who only want to listen to the rich and the powerful. No more. We believe Kentucky can thrive when we lift up the voices of hardworking people from the forgotten places, and build a new coalition of people from the hood to the holler. Together, we believe we will transform our future.”