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) and a Master's degree in Agricultural Economics at UK.
Geoff spent 15 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.
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 nine 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.
In 2019, he was one of the four Democrats running for Governor of Kentucky. His running mate was Josh French of Elizabethtown.
Although Geoff is not a lawyer, he has filed ballot challenges against Jack Conway, Amy McGrath, and Andy Beshear for conspiring with the Kentucky Democrat Party (the KDP) to rig its own primaries in 2015, 2018 and 2019. That's illegal because it violates Kentucky election laws and the KDP's bylaws, which are legally binding. His October 2019 ballot challenge against Beshear is awaiting a decision by the Kentucky Court of Appeals, and his 2018 ballot challenge against Amy McGrath is still awaiting a decision by the Ky. Supreme Court as to whether it will review the case or not. The position of the KDP since 2015 has been that they may violate any bylaw or election law if they want to rig one of their primaries. In other words, wholesale election fraud by a political party is perfectly and self-evidently legal in Kentucky.
Geoff disagrees with that position.
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Geoff Young signed the GREEN NEW DEAL PLEDGE on May 20, 2020:
“The American people need a Green New Deal — a 10-year WWII-scale mobilization, as put forth by Senator Edward Markey and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, to stop climate change, achieve environmental sustainability, create millions of good jobs, and realize economic prosperity for all.
I pledge that I will use my office to champion a Green New Deal in any and all ways, including but not limited to: developing and supporting Green New Deal legislation and/or resolutions; building support among my colleagues for a Green New Deal; and publicly advocating for the necessity of a Green New Deal.
In order to fully uphold this duty, I pledge to not take contributions over $200 from oil, gas, and coal industry executives, lobbyists, or PACs and instead prioritize the health of our families, climate, and democracy over fossil fuel industry profits.”
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