Tina Ward-Pugh

Jefferson County Clerk

Tina will be the first out LGBTQ county clerk in the state of Kentucky!

Biography

Tina Ward-Pugh began her career as a macro Social Worker with the Coalition for the Homeless. She then ran for office and won – first as a Louisville City Councilor and then a Metro Councilwoman where she drafted, advocated for and adopted legislation to improve the lives of people in Louisville. In that role she was an early champion for survivors of domestic violence by funding the SANE clinic; primary sponsor to adopt LGBTQ anti-discrimination ordinance 26 days into her first term; before DOMA was struck down, led the expansion of Metro benefits to include domestic partners; led the effort to create the Louisville Affordable Housing Trust Fund; led passage of the smoking ban to protect public health; was the first elected official to narrow roads to add bike lanes and slow traffic; sponsored and funded environmental initiatives to create a more sustainable future that led to expanding them community- wide . After 16 years as a legislator, she left office to work on a national campaign. For the past three years, she served as the Director of the Metro Louisville Office for Women in the executive branch. Her office was integral in addressing the eviction crisis during COVID by partnering with the Court Clerk to review 240+ cases every Friday to gather addresses of eviction filings to get them to court and get services—an activity she continues now as a volunteer.

Tina Ward-Pugh was the first openly gay elected official in the state of KY. After leading passage of the LGBTQ anti-discrimination ordinance 26 days into her first term, she was chosen as Social Worker of the Year for Jefferson County, KY Chapter NASW in 1999; Policy Advocate of the Year by NAWBO River City Chapter in 2006 for leading smoking ban; 95 Women Leaders Award by Girl Scouts of Kyiana in 2007; Best Female Elected Official by readers of Louisville Magazine in 2008; Joan Riehm Environmental Leadership Award in 2012; Steering the Future Award by Get Outdoors KY in 2014.

Tina Ward-Pugh is running for Jefferson County Clerk to defend, restore and expand the fundamental right to vote for the citizens of Jefferson County. It is a big office with important adulting processes, non of which are more important than it controls our local Board of Elections. She has the experience, name-recognition, and community trust needed to unseat the long-time incumbent. She is ready on day one to continue her public service for the citizens of Jefferson County.

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