Amanda Mays Bledsoe is an esteemed community leader, city council member, UK grad, wife, and mom. She brings with her an extensive background in public policy and a clear record of community service.
Amanda’s family has lived in Senate District 12 for four generations. Rooted to the area, Amanda intends to use her experience to make this an even better place to live.
Voters in Fayette, Woodford, Mercer and Boyle Counties. Vote by Tuesday, Nov 8th!
The Council of State Governments’ National Headquarters
Amanda first began her commitment to public service at the Council of State Governments. As a Senior Policy Analyst, she worked in a nonpartisan manner with elected officials from all over the country on some of the most critical challenges facing state and local governments today:
- Amanda worked with private-sector entrepreneurs to create better jobs in Kentucky.
- Amanda worked on projects related to international trade policy. This included negotiating agreements with the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Agency for International Development.
- Additionally, Amanda gained experience on the changing roles of government and public safety issues…This type of experience has become increasingly important during periods of heightened economic instability.
Amanda continued her commitment to public safety as an adjunct faculty instructor at both Midway College and the Bluegrass Community and Technical College. She was responsible for teaching courses on homeland security where she had the chance to directly train first responders on the roles of government at all levels in emergency preparedness and disaster management.
Lexington-Fayette City Council
- For the past seven years, Amanda Mays Bledsoe has served as city council member for Lexington’s 10th As chair of the council’s Budget Committee, Amanda has been entrusted with oversight of the $400 million dollar budget.
- During her service on the city council, Amanda initiated a workforce development grant program and led the creation of the Small Business Grant program – a program that supported small businesses during the pandemic.
- Amanda has also tackled projects aimed at improving stormwater drainage and wastewater treatment capacity. She also helped increased transportation infrastructure (like the widening of Clays Mill Road in Lexington).
- Amanda has worked to update her community parks and helped finish a baseball complex enjoyed at Cardinal Run.
Amanda is currently serving on the board of The Salvation Army of the Bluegrass, Natalie's Sisters, and the Kentucky Blood Center. Her community experience has focused on serving our neighbors in need, especially women and children. Such involvement has included providing free, quality health care for at-risk women as the 2009 Chair of the Board of the Assurance Care Center. Amanda has previously served as a board member of the Christian Student Fellowship at the University of Kentucky. She has also worked to support fathers and daughters in Lexington by co-founding Her Knight Dance, which raises funds for parenting initiatives in Central Kentucky.
With degrees in both Philosophy and Classical Studies from Hillsdale College, Amanda received her Master’s degree in International Affairs/National Security Policy from the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky.
She and her husband, Todd, have two children, Mays and Annabeth.