MT. STERLING, Ky. — Denise Gray, Democratic candidate for the 28th Senate District, held her first campaign event in Montgomery County at the Blue Isle Home-style Restaurant and Bar located downtown Mt. Sterling.

Gray was introduced to the hometown crowd by Elizabeth Davis, a local attorney, and Jackson Campbell, president of the Montgomery County Young Democrats, who is helping lead the Get Out the Vote effort in the county.

“We are looking for someone who has the same values as we have,” Davis said. “Denise will be an incredible asset for our area because she is open. I’ve been impressed with her because she supports our working families. She is an advocate for public schools. She will fight for what our children need to be successful.”

“We can make this happen,” Gray said to a round of rousing applause. “The politics that we see happening in Frankfort is not who we are. We as Kentuckians are hard-working, we care about each other. The legislature is out of sync with the people.”
Gray enumerated several programs that Governor Matt Bevin recently announced that will receive no funding if his proposed budget passes.

“I’m running for this office to show my students what they can achieve,” Gray added. “I’m not a rich person, I have never been wealthy, I may never be wealthy. I know what it’s like to go without food. I know what it’s like to get your lights shut off. Some legislators in Frankfort don’t know what it’s like not to have a job. They don’t understand poverty. You can’t look down on people. We have to have compassion.”

Sandy Downs, a long-time resident was in attendance to learn more about the candidate’s platform. “Our current representatives are out of step with common people. There are a lot of special interests involved and they have their own agenda.”

Aaron Prewitt, a local county commission candidate, was also in attendance. “She seems like someone who genuinely cares about the community and she has a passion for the kids. I came to try to learn more about what she plans to do to help the community.”

Gray is employed with Fayette County Public Schools. She was a Kentucky Education Association (KEA) Fellow who represented support staff throughout the state. Gray has been featured as part of the National Education Association’s See Educators Run Program. For more information, visit the campaign website at