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Anniversary of Women's March in Paducah draws 100
Over 100 showed up in Paducah on Sunday on the anniversary of the Women's March.

(Paducah KY- Sunday, January 21, 2018) - A year ago, the Women's March was a worldwide phenomena as the largest demonstration in history. Around the world, thousands marched the day after Donald Trump's inauguration day. Western Kentucky's march in Murray was attended by 700.

One year later, the marches and commemorations were smaller. But the focus had sharpened and determination to change the political climate was stronger. The theme of this year was #PowertothePolls.

Over 100 supporters of the Women's March gathered at the Robert Cherry Civic Center in Paducah, not to march, but to listen to candidates, create signs and to take them to the street. At left, young girls create their own signs.

The event was a family event for some - mom Heather Anderson, daughter Lane Anderson and dad Todd Anderson made their own signs (shown at right).

Paducah Mayor Brandi Harless, shown below right, came for the event, made her own sign and talked with friends and supporters. The Paducah City Commission recently passed a fairness ordinance, making Paducah the 8th city in Kentucky and the first in Western Kentucky to do so.

Candidate Charlotte Goddard, who filed for the House 2 seat held by Richard Heath, told the crowd that "I can no longer accept the things I cannot change. I choose to change the things I cannot accept."

Goddard is a teacher who was moved to run because she felt a responsibility to step up. Like many other women candidates running for the first time, she didn't feel that Richard Heath should not have opposition.

As an educator, Goddard is concerned with cuts to education. She is one of 28 educators on the ballot in Kentucky.


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