Gerald Watkins

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Gerald Watkins
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Kentucky House of Representatives District 3
Incumbent
In office
January 1, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$1,788.51/month
Per diem$135.30/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolPaducah Tilghman (1972)
Bachelor'sMurray State University (1981)
Master'sMurray State University (1984)
Personal
Birthday12/08/1954
Place of birthPaducah, Kentucky
ProfessionProfessor
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Gerald Watkins is a Democratic member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, representing District 3. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Watkins earned his M.B.A. from Murray State University. His professional experience includes working as a Professor of taught Political Science at West Kentucky Community and Technical College.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Watkins served on the following committees:

Kentucky Committee Assignments, 2013
Education, Vice-chair
Judiciary
State Government

Issues

Campaign themes

Watkins' website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

Welfare Reform

  • Excerpt: "I would start with the premise that we as a people have a moral and financial obligation to support the elderly and the disabled. However, I believe those of working age and physically and mentally capable have both a moral and financial obligation to support themselve"

Kentucky Criminal Code

  • Excerpt: "I support a three strikes and your out bill for Kentucky. After convicted of ones third felony life in prison should be the sentence. No parole or probation would be possible."

Education Reform

  • Excerpt: "We need to eliminate much of the testing in Kentucky K-12 Education, teachers find themselves teaching the test and are not really educating our children as they could. We need to trust our teachers and let them do their jobs of educating our youth."

Elections

2014

See also: Kentucky House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Kentucky House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 20, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 28, 2014. Incumbent Gerald Watkins was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Randy Bridges was unopposed in the Republican primary.[2][3]

2012

See also: Kentucky House of Representatives elections, 2012

Watkins won election in the 2012 election for Kentucky House of Representatives District 3. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 22, 2012, and defeated Jason D. Crockett in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Kentucky House of Representatives, District 3, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGerald Watkins 59.3% 9,349
     Republican Jason D. Crockett 40.7% 6,406
Total Votes 15,755

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Watkins is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Watkins raised a total of $78,336 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 7, 2013.[6]

Gerald Watkins's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Kentucky State House, District 3 Won $78,336
Grand Total Raised $78,336

2012

Watkins won election to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Watkins raised a total of $78,336.
Kentucky House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Gerald Watkins's campaign in 2012
Kentucky House Democratic Caucus$21,500
Kenton County Democratic Executive Cmte$10,000
Kentucky Democratic Party$5,500
Watkins, Gerald$2,965
Kentucky Education Association$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$78,336
Source:Follow the Money

Personal

Watkins is divorced and has one child.[7]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Brent Housman (R)
Kentucky House of Representatives District 3
2013–present
Succeeded by
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