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Democrat Files to Run Against Massie in KY-4

Congressman Thomas Massie, a Republican from Lewis County, will have a Democratic challenger in November as he moves to hold on the 4th Congressional District, which snakes along the Ohio River from Oldham County in the west, through Northern Kentucky, and eastward to Ashland.

Patti Piatt, a businesswoman from Bellevue, announced her candidacy on Tuesday. She will hold a formal announcement at Hotel Covington in Covington next Monday.

Piatt is an independent contractor in the food service industry, a news release said.

“Northern Kentucky is one of the key economic engines for Kentucky and our region and we have a Congressman who says no to everything,” Piatt said in an announcement. “There is a job for everyone, but people lack skills. Folks are working two and three jobs, but still cannot make ends meet. I know I’ve been there. That is why I am running for Congress.”

The news release noted that Piatt began her career as a waitress and then attended the University of Kentucky. She eventually held positions overseeing food service contracts at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Thomas More College, and Belmont University.

She said that her background is as diverse as KY-4 itself.

“This district includes booming urban and suburban areas along with rural and farmlands,” said Piatt. “My family background includes farmers, small business owners and a long history of hard work. We need people in Congress who will focus on finding common ground and solving problems, not blocking solutions. Rep. Massie was elected in 2012 and is considered to be among the most conservative, extreme members of the Republican caucus, often voting against his own leadership.”

The district is strongly Republican, but Piatt's announcement noted surprising Democratic wins in races for Alabama Senate and statewide campaigns in Virginia.

“We know this is a tough district to run as a Democrat,” Piatt said. “But in this current political climate, anything is possible. We are going to take our message of change and common sense directly to the people of the 4th District and from what I am hearing already, they’re ready for change.”

Piatt said that her roots run deep in Boone County where Revolutionary War-era relatives are buried near Rabbit Hash. She attended St. Henry District High School in Erlanger and UK.

She is the mother of two sons, one of whom committed suicide, prompting Piatt to serve on the board of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She has also been a leader in the local Out of the Darkness annual suicide awareness walk.

She lives in Bellevue with her husband, John Culbertson.

-Staff report

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