LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — Democrat Emma Curtis launched her bid for the Kentucky House on Thursday, seeking to become Kentucky’s first openly transgender member in Kentucky’s legislature.

On Thursday, Curtis tweeted, “Daniel is right – nobody can ever replace @LaminForKY. I am honored to have been mentored by him, and ready to fight to continue his groundbreaking legacy.”


She also submitted a statement of spending intent to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.

Curtis, 26, is seeking to fill the seat in the 93rd District left after the death of 45-year-old Lamin Swann in May.

She led protests against Senate Bill 150, which banned gender-affirming care for transgender children and greatly limited discussion of trans issues in schools. She is now campaigning on her support of Gov. Andy Beshear, strengthening Kentucky’s social safety net, and reproductive rights.

“Growing up on a tobacco farm, I learned how far hard work can take our families—and how dramatically policy can affect our communities. As a progressive, I’m committed to ensuring a strong social safety net, an economy that works for all Kentuckians, reproductive rights, racial justice, and excellent public education. I support Governor Beshear, and I will fight every single day to build a fairer and more just Kentucky,” reads her donation page.