About Geoff Young

Geoff grew up in Marblehead, Massachusetts and moved to Lexington-Fayette County in 1982.

 

He went to MIT and graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor's degree in Economics. Geoff went on to obtain a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering at UMass (Amherst). Geoff completed a Master's degree in Agricultural Economics at UK. 

Geoff spent 14 years working in Frankfort, where he promoted energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies for Kentucky's state energy office, an agency now called the Department for Energy Development and Independence (DEDI). He was the Assistant Director for most of that time and participated in more than a dozen utility company cases before the Public Service Commission (PSC).

After leaving state government, he led the Sierra Club team that intervened in PSC Rate Case No. 2006-00472, “General Adjustment of Electric Rates of East Kentucky Power Cooperative, Inc.” The team's goal was to help the utility improve energy efficiency in its large service territory.

From 1982 to 2014, Geoff served in a wide range of responsible volunteer positions at Good Foods Co-op in Lexington, including treasurer, board member, board president, bylaws committee chair, planning committee member, and finance committee chair. He is currently a member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and attends the Lexington Friends Meeting (Quakers).

Geoff ran as a Democrat in 2014 against US Congressman Andy Barr (R). He got 39% of the vote in the 5/20/14 Democratic primary against Elisabeth Jensen (D), even though she spent 9 times as much money.

In 2015, Geoff ran for Governor and won 21% of the vote in the Democratic primary against Jack Conway. In 2016, he ran for the U.S. House on the issues of peace and cutting the military budget by 50%.

In 2018, Geoff was one of the 6 Democrats running in the primary for the U.S. House of Representatives. Peace and foreign policy were again the focus of his campaign.