I’m running for Congress because it’s time for our leadership to reflect real Kentuckians — people like me who know what it’s like to grow up on a farm and to work to make ends meet. Who know what it’s like to work your way through school. Who know the meaning of public service.
I’m not a politician, and I’m not running to advance a political career. I’ve already had a career: as a U.S. Marine, as a police officer, and as a lawyer. We have plenty of career politicians in Congress already — people who have come up through the political system. What I’ve seen from both parties, Democrat and Republican, is mostly candidates who are political insiders or who come from wealthy families. These candidates don’t have anything to say to me or to any of us ordinary folks. I was raised that, if there’s a job that you see that needs doing, and no one is doing it, well then maybe you ought to do it. So I’m going to try to change our politics. I’m stepping up to run for Congress, as a Democrat against Republican incumbent Andy Barr — to give a voice to the people of the Sixth District.
These days, candidates try to figure out which issues test the best and then base their “beliefs” off of polls. We’ve gotten so far removed from what the Founding Fathers meant by representational democracy. Why not just go talk to folks and ask them: what do you want to see from your representatives?
What I care about is real people problems. Making sure people can put gas in their truck and pay their rent. Getting the cost of healthcare down, working on the opioid epidemic and making sure we stop whatever the next epidemic is. Getting corruption out of Washington and making Congress work for the people. Stopping pollution, protecting public employees, and standing up as an ally. But most of all, representing YOU — talking to you, listening to you, and working for you.
Josh Hicks grew up in Fleming County, where he was an active FFA member and played as a standout offensive and defensive lineman for Fleming County High School. He enrolled at Georgetown College to continue his football and academic career, but left school to spend a year as an ironworker and rigger and then enlist in the United States Marine Corps.
As a US Marine, Josh was trained a radio operator and cryptographic custodian, rising to the rank of Sergeant. After completing two deployments with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Josh returned to Kentucky and joined the Maysville Police Department, serving on the Emergency Response Team and as a certified training officer, training new police recruits. Working nights and weekends, he was able to go back to school at Morehead State University, and graduated with honors. Josh then attended the University of Kentucky College of Law and worked for several local firms before establishing his own practice. He lives in Lexington, with his wife of 19 years and their two children.
Josh is a folk singer and comes from a family of folk singers. At various points in his life he has been a Certified Forklift Driver, a Qualifier for the CrappieMasters Nationals, and a Certified Glock Armorer; he has also volunteered as a mediator in Fayette District Small Claims Court and as a youth football coach for Fayette County Parks and Rec and Beaumont Middle School. He is licensed to hunt and fish and to drive a motorcycle. As a US Marine, Josh received the Navy Achievement Medal.
Thank you for taking a few minutes to learn more about me and why I am running to represent the Sixth District in Congress. Please get in touch and send us any questions or suggestions you have. Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org and our mailing address is PO Box 1214, Lexington, KY 40588. I hope to meet you soon. – Josh