LOUISVILLE — On June 30, Col. Pamela Stevenson, a Master of Divinity student at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, won the election for Kentucky State House District 43. Stevenson received 74 percent of the vote against her opponent, Rev. David Snardon, a Louisville Seminary alum (MDiv ’11) and current Doctor of Ministry student.
According to a Louisville Seminary news release, Stevenson is a Louisville native who graduated from the JG Brown School and Indiana University with a Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD). She served as a senior officer in the U.S. Air Force and retired as a colonel after 27 years of service.
“Now is our time,” said Stevenson. “We can achieve the promise of America by our next actions. Kentucky will be the place where every voice is heard, and every life is empowered. Everyone can do something! Together, we will end homelessness and hunger, achieve social justice and economic power, while restoring kindness.”
With no announced Republican candidate, Stevenson will take the House seat formerly held by Charles Booker, who narrowly lost his U.S. Senate primary race to fellow Democrat Amy McGrath. McGrath will face U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, a Louisville Republican and the Senate Majority Leader, on Nov. 3.
Among her accomplishments, Stevenson is a founding member of OneWest Economic Development initiative for West Louisville; a professional leadership consultant; adjunct professor for the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law and Air Force JAG School; and founder of a nonprofit law firm for working families, veterans, and the elderly; among many others.
Kentucky’s State House District 43 consists of approximately 42,019 people from neighborhoods throughout Louisville West, Louisville Central, Louisville East, and Eastern Jefferson County neighborhoods. Stevenson’s work in District 43 includes service with Personal Counseling Service, OneWest, Shawnee Christian Healthcare, and the National Association for Black Veterans.
“Congratulations to Col. Stevenson on her successful election as Kentucky state representative for District 43,” said Louisville Seminary President Alton B. Pollard, III. “Her resolve to give back to our community via the legislative process has paid major dividends.”
Snardon is pastor of Joshua Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Louisville’s Russell Neighborhood, president of Concerned Pastors of Russell, past president of the Interdenominational Ministerial Coalition, and past co-president of Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together (CLOUT). He has also served on the board of OneWest and the Louisville Central Community Center. Snardon and his wife of 21 years, Alicia, currently serve on Louisville Seminary’s President’s Roundtable.
“This election was historical,” said Snardon. “We have an opportunity to build on this momentum and push for the resources that are lacking in many of our communities due to systemic racism and patriarchy. This election was a defining moment for our state, and I salute Col. Pam Stevenson and anticipate great things due to her vision for Kentucky.”
“We are certainly proud to have both Col. Stevenson and Rev. Snardon as part of our Louisville Seminary community,” added Pollard. “Blessings to Col. Stevenson on her new leadership post, and blessings to Rev. Snardon as he continues his ministry and service.”
by Louisville Seminary, special to Presbyterian News Service