January 28, 2020
Maggie Jo Hilliard, attorney and artist, of Louisville, has declared her candidacy for the Democratic Nomination in Kentucky’s 2020 U.S. Senate Race set for the Commonwealth’s Primary Election on May 19, 2020 and General Election on November 3, 2020.
Maggie Jo Hilliard believes that, “Kentucky deserves representation that works for the 99.9% of us; not the .1%.”
When asked how she can resolve citizens’ concerns that their Senator doesn’t listen to them, she says, “The people want elections they can trust and to feel their government hears their concerns all the time – not just during elections.”
“It is terribly sad that Kentuckians are facing medical crises without adequate care, environmental disasters without response, poor internet access due to corruption, student loan burdens, data breaches and identity theft, injustice while fighting addiction, shame when treating mental health, economic and employment hardships, the dirtiest river water in the nation, corporate and agricultural pollution, homelessness and food insecurity while our Senator does nothing.” Hilliard said.
Not only does Hilliard seek to unseat Mitch McConnell, she is running to amplify democracy by building a beta-version online voter platform, acknowledge science and clean-up Earth starting with the Green New Deal, recognize the necessity for single-payer healthcare in America, hold corrupt leaders accountable in government and business settings, and to bring Constitutional logic and litigation experience to the Senate floor.
The Bowling Green native and graduate of Greenwood High and Western Kentucky University received her juris doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2005. Maggie Jo is licensed by the Kentucky and Florida Bar Associations and admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. While in law school, she was trained and sworn as a Guardian ad Litem and permitted to practice as a Certified Legal Trainee, allowing courtroom practice prior to graduation. Her first job was also at the 4th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office in Jacksonville, Florida where she prosecuted domestic violence, animal cruelty, traffic, theft and drug crimes.
Since 2007, Maggie Jo has been in private practice with her first office in Jacksonville, followed by Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach, and Tampa in Florida then Louisville, Kentucky. She has practiced in federal courts and state courts. From 2008-2012, she also represented criminal defendants as court-appointed conflict counsel in juvenile to life-felony adult cases in Florida’s 4th Circuit. Since 2012, she has been hired for discovery and litigation matters involving environmental law, healthcare products, governmental investigations, housing, human resources and other matters. From 2013-2014, she represented indigent clients in county, circuit and district courts as an Appellate Assistant Public Defender for Florida’s 10th Circuit Public Defender’s Office. Maggie Jo has been working on appellate matters since 2006 building a record of success in Florida’s 1st and 2nd District Courts of Appeal as prosecutor, private attorney and public defender. Today, she enjoys working solo and jointly with other attorneys on consumer protection matters, personal injury cases, criminal defense, family law, appellate research/writing and transactions for individuals, families and businesses.
Maggie Jo is also a painter, graphic artist, entrepreneurship coach and web designer. She has an online store of art products at www.maggiejo.com, and a portfolio of design and legal work. She has assisted authors, artists, entrepreneurs, charities, candidates, students and others with digital and print design for over 20 years. Since 2010, she has been working on legal-education television productions in Florida and California in front of, and behind, the camera.
Hilliard has been a board member for the Jacksonville Urban League and the Florida Guardian Ad Litem Foundation; and helped non-profits, public servants and officials in creative and legal advocacy for animal and human rights, women’s rights, racial equality, early education, immigrants, criminal justice reform, the LGBTQ community, wildlife conservation, consumer rights, universal healthcare access, environmental restoration, data privacy, internet-for-all, fair taxation, mental health parity, net neutrality, workers’ rights, fair pay, disability rights, wealth and income equality, voter inclusion, election security, free college education, student loan forgiveness, worker cooperatives, food-insecure children, homeless people, crime victims, and for others impacted by government irresponsibility and corporate malfeasance.
The Committee to Elect Maggie Jo Hilliard, Ltd. is seeking support at www.ElectMoJo.com. The campaign will be hosting a Kick-Off event in Louisville on February 21, 2020 and a Voter Registration Party on April 18, 2020 before Kentucky’s April 20, 2020 voter registration deadline. Tickets will be available for purchase on February 1, 2020 for a minimum donation of $20.20. The open-to-all events will be held at Butchertown’s High Horse in Louisville. Maggie Jo’s campaign seeks to increase Kentucky’s voter turnout in May and November after only 42% of Kentuckians voted in the 2019 elections.
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