Meet the Candidate: Maggie Jo Hilliard (Kentucky)

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Candidate Name:

Maggie Jo Hilliard

Photo provided by the campaign.

Candidate’s Preferred Pronouns

she, her

What office are you running for?

US Senate

With which party are you running for office?

Democratic Party

Election Date

Primary 5/19/20 & General 11/3/20

Why are you running for office?

For Universal Suffrage 16+, Online Voting, USPS as bank & email protector, Fair Elections, Equality for All, Free Education, Medicare for All, The Green New Deal, Full Cannabis Legalization, Corporate Responsibility, Federal Jobs, Science, Math, Accountability, Integrity and Justice. We must beat Mitch AND replace him with a person willing to fight for the people, not the powerful. The current Democratic primary leader is pro-Trump, pro-Wall, pro-Kavanaugh and against Medicare for All. Kentucky is the poorest, sickest and most vulnerable to more environmental harm from corporate exploitation. I will fight against big money interests in every way, because 35 years of Mitch have failed us all. I have fifteen years of state and federal litigation experience protecting individuals against government overreach and corporate irresponsibility, and I’m ready to make the case against Mitch and for social and economic equality.

What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?

Kentucky has the highest ranking Senator, but he doesn’t fight for us. We need immediate healthcare and environmental repair to survive. Medicare for All will help Kentucky most, and it makes sense. Kentucky is losing citizens to gun violence while Mitch is courting the NRA for donations, and we are tired of waiting for common sense gun reform. Women are suffering from lack of healthcare, high risks for domestic violence or death and over-incarceration. People of color are targeted by police at greater rates than white people in Kentucky. Marijuana would be a great cash crop for Kentucky, but Mitch wants to sell us out again to Big Coal and deny climate science. We need a leader than can use technology to help people, connect people and triage the many issues facing us at home. We need pure 1:1 democracy. We need a healthy climate. We need accessible healthcare because people fear the financial affects of seeking care too often. Finally, we need justice for the 99.9% of us who are suffering while .1% are doing little to trickle-down the fruits of our shared resources and human capital.

How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?

We need leaders that work for the people, and the Democratic Party should realize that the establishment is embroiled in historically hypocritical behavior that new-blue voters cannot accept. In 2016, the popular vote showed that people needed big structural change and an “outsider” to trust. We need to own our mistakes, fix our structures, correct our data, stop playing in-party games and back candidates that will do the most for all of us without questions of integrity. There are 330M people in this country, and most do not or cannot be heard. The cynicism and skepticism can be cured with accountability, openness, innovation ($62M app v. a free google form?) and by reducing the party’s attachments to republican ideologies. Meeting 1/2-way won’t do (separate but equal, don’t ask don’t tell) – people want full equality and 1:1 democracy.

Who is your hero?

Currently Marie Yovanovitch and Bernie Sanders, AOC, Andrew Yang, Maggie Haberman and for one day – Mitt Romney

What are your hobbies?

Law, art (paint, graphic design, web design), teaching/coaching, nonprofit development, worker cooperative development, smart contracts/blockchain studies, swimming, yoga, roadtrips with my dog and smashing the patriarchy.

What is the most recent book you read?

“Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy: Helping People Build Cooperatives, Social Enterprise, and Local Sustainable Economies” By Janelle Orsi (SELC – Sustainable Economies Law Center)

Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?

I have a fifteen year old chihuahua named Mickey Joe and I’m very proud of my newest little baby Avocado tree. I got my mother’s green thumb so I have successful succulents in my small apartment. I’d have a big garden, a bud and breakfast, and some goats if I weren’t bogged down with student loan and medical debt. I come from a large family with more cats, dogs and furry friends I love to spoil – oh, and human kiddos too!

How can our readers get involved in your campaign?

Join Us at & follow @ElectMoJo on FB, IG & Twitter. Buy a micro-funding carbon-free meme for $7 and post your “Bye Mitch” meme in your profile pictures. (Bottom of website). Join us, like, follow, share and interact with the campaign via #ByeMitch and #ElectMoJo.

What question do you wish we’d asked, and what is your answer?

I just want to point out that there are 9 democrats and 7 republicans running in this primary, and I am the only one with fifteen years of experience working with individuals in state and federal courtrooms. Mitch McConnell is an attorney and has been cynically interpreting and applying our laws to our detriment for 35 years. We must beat him, yes. But, we must give voters a better choice in November that will beat him AND make progress on the hundreds of bills he’s ignoring right now. I have won appeals and trials, and I know that a comma or period or semicolon can kill a human being. We need a better lawyer for Kentucky.

Candidate Social Media:

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