Write-in Mayoral Candidate Comes Forward
By WestKyStar Staff
PADUCAH, KY - A write in candidate has surfaced in the race for Mayor of Paducah. Renee Raney is a single mother of two and a full time student at SIU. She says she got the idea to run when she was collecting signatures about saving Duck Island.
"In talking to the community, they were starting to voice their opinions and their questions and their worries. And when you listen to their voice and you look into their eyes you can tell that they've lost hope in the city government. And when (Robert) Coleman dropped out of the race, I decided it was time to step up and that the people should have the opportunity for an option."
Raney says she knows it'll be an uphill battle as a write-in candidate against Gayle Kaler but says she's running to give the people a choice.
"But I feel with faith and ambition and the support of the power of the people, that anything's possible."
"I'm kinda running for the people. It's about the people. I feel that it's time for us to start over. You know sometimes you have to backtrack to make things right. I feel we have to bring back some of that Dolly McNutt ambition and I believe I'm that person. I believe if you take time out for the people, get to know the people, that's what it's about."