As most people are aware, the mid-term elections are taking place on November 6. This is a very important election and the outcome could re-shape the Kentucky Congress. iList encourages everyone to exercise their rights - get out and vote!

To help the public decide who they want to represent them, the Tilghman Speech Team will host a 2018 Kentucky Congressional Candidates Forum. It's taking place on Thursday, October 18 at 6:30 pm in cafeteria of Paducah Tilghman High School. The forum will give regional candidates a chance to talk about their backgrounds, why they are running and their political positions.

iVoteThe event, run entirely by speech teach members, is free and open to the general public. Candidates Randy Bridges, Martha Emmons, Danny Carroll, and Julie Tennyson plan to attend.  

Randy Bridges is a Republican candidate for District 3 of the Kentucky House of Representatives. Randy Bridges was born and raised in Western Kentucky. His father was a plumbing contractor in Paducah who taught Randy the value of good, hard work and instilled in him a deep conviction to love his neighbor as himself. Now, Randy has raised his own family in the region. He and his wife, Carla (a local teacher), have been married for 38 years. They have two children and four grandchildren.


iVoteMartha Emmons is a Democratic candidate for District 3 of the Kentucky House of Representatives. Martha owns BikeWorld with her husband Hutch Smith, named for seven years running a “Best Bike Shop in America.” Martha served for 10 years on Kentucky’s BikeWays and Bicycle Commission working on behalf of a bikeable, walkable commonwealth; was instrumental in development of Paducah’s Greenway Trail and has led and been deeply involved in numerous efforts for youth development, education and the arts.

She and her husband are the parents of two young adult daughters, Carson & Chandler Emmons Smith. Martha was raised in Fleming County, KY, the oldest of seven children. She has a BA in Communications and a teaching degree in Speech and Drama from Morehead State University.


iVoteJulie Tennyson is a Democratic candidate for District 2 of the Kentucky State Senate. Julie is running for State Senate to help working families. She supports economic development and fiscal responsibility. As a mother of elementary school children, she wants to make sure that public schools and teachers are supported and funded.  As a lawyer, she wants to make sure Constitutional rights are protected. 

She has only attended public schools and universities. She graduated from the University of Tennessee Law School with high honors. She also has a master's degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia. She is a magna cum laude graduate of East Tennessee State University with bachelor's degree in Psychology and minors in Biology and Humanities.

She is a registered patent attorney with the firm Marcum Tennyson PLLC. She also assists clients with trademarks, copyrights, and business law. She enjoys helping start-ups and small businesses.

Who represents our district is very important. iList encourages you to know who you’re voting for and to attend this debate.