Emma Curtis

Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council, District 4

Emma will be the second out transgender person elected to office in Kentucky!


Emma Curtis is a lifelong Kentuckian who was born in Lexington in 1996. Growing up on her family’s farm, she learned quickly how to work hard and get the job done. She’s carried that work ethic with her ever since.

She is running to represent the District 4 on the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council. Her campaign is focused on improving traffic flow and safety on Nicholasville Road, addressing Lexington’s affordable housing crisis, and increasing accessibility and transparency in local government.

Since graduating from Centre College in 2018, Emma has worked as an independent filmmaker, an issue- based organizer, and an advocate focused on increasing civic engagement, voter registration, and fairness for all Kentuckians.

Whether registering Lexingtonians to vote through her work as a voter engagement organizer at Kentuckians for the Commonwealth or volunteering with organizations like the ACLU of Kentucky and the Fairness Campaign, Emma has demonstrated a relentless commitment to building a better future for her community and her commonwealth. She is a member of several community-focused organizations, including CivicLex, the Lexington Branch of the Kentucky Women’s Network, and the Lexington Forum, which are focused on bringing people together, having good-faith conversations, and improving Lexington’s civic health.

Emma understands that going backwards isn’t an option and standing still isn’t nearly enough. That’s why she will work tirelessly on Council to ensure every voice is heard so that we can move Lexington forward, together.