The first advice I received as a political candidate was: choose anything other than red, white, and blue for your signage. Well-known candidates can use traditional colors, but first-timers need to do everything possible to stand out.

Personally, I like an Americana color scheme, and put off thinking about this, because I just couldn’t get excited about any other colors. Then a friend reminded me of the colors used by the women’s suffrage movement. British suffragists wore purple, green, and white; while American suffragists wore purple, gold, and white. The meanings behind these colors seem to be as varied as the women who wore them, but from all that I read, here’s what resonated with me: purple represents loyalty and commitment, and green is the color of hope, like an “emblem of spring.”

So, while these colors achieve my goal of “standing out,” know that they also root me with their connection to women who dedicated their lives to ensuring I could vote, let alone run for office.

Oldham County has a rich history of women in leadership, but that history is remarkably brief (our first woman magistrate wasn’t elected until 1981) and certainly not reflected in our current local government, where our County Judge Executive and all eight of our magistrates are men. According to our last census, women make up 47-percent of Oldham County’s population. I’m ready to see that same percentage – if not more – serving in our local government.