Amanda Mays Bledsoe Officially Files for State Senate in Fayette County


LEXINGTON, KY— Lexington councilmember Amanda Mays Bledsoe filed her candidacy today to represent Fayette County residents living in Kentucky’s 12th Senate District. The district is represented by long-term State Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr, who has chosen not to seek re-election.

“Our residents in Senate District 12 are working hard to keep their families healthy,” said Bledsoe. “We deserve to have elected officials fighting just as hard as we do. It’s been my honor to serve on the city council, from supporting policies that aid small business recovery to finding solutions that make cities safer for children. These big projects are important for a thriving community, but it takes experienced leadership to make these projects a reality.”

Bledsoe is a fourth-generation Lexington resident who has served on the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council since 2014. As councilmember, Bledsoe initiated a workforce development grant program and led the creation of the Small Business Grant program, which supports small businesses during the pandemic. Bledsoe also oversaw the $400 million dollar budget as chair of the council’s Budget, Finance and Economic Development Committee.

Bledsoe’s city council work has improved storm water drainage and wastewater treatment capacity in the Southland area. She has also had a hand in transportation infrastructure like the recent widening of Clays Mill Road, updating community parks, and finishing the baseball complex at Cardinal Run.

“I am humbled by the encouragement I’ve received while making this important decision,” said Bledsoe. “I love our community and am determined to leave it stronger for our children. With my background in public policy and community service, I believe I have the experience to get the job done right the first time.”

Throughout her career, Bledsoe has worked on some of the biggest issues facing governments today. As a Senior Policy Analyst for the Council of State Governments, Bledsoe collaborated with the private sector to help entrepreneurs create more job opportunities. Bledsoe is also an adjunct faculty instructor at Midway College and the Bluegrass Community and Technical College. She has taught courses on homeland security and has directly trained first responders.

Bledsoe serves on the board of The Kentucky League of Cities, The Salvation Army, Natalie’s Sisters, and the Kentucky Blood Center. Bledsoe and her husband, Todd, have two children, Mays and Annabeth.

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