Meet Gene Detherage

A lifelong Kentuckian who has experienced the life that many politicians claim they want to help.

I spent my childhood in the rolling hills of Harrodsburg, KY.  There, my parents raised us while struggling with addiction and untreated mental illness until they separated in 1996.  In 2004, after years of seeing first hand the inadequacies of the mental health systems in Kentucky and watching my mother slip further into her mental illness, my young brother and I left Harrodsburg to live with our father in Barboursville, KY where I attended Knox Central High School and graduated in 2008. Though that journey had struggles of it's own, I was able to get into Morehead State University.


College wasn't a good time for me.  I struggled with a drinking problem that led to dropping out of college and progressed on a downward spiral which resulted in legal and personal issues.  However, I was overly blessed when I was given a life changing opportunity to turn my life around thanks to programs like Recovery Kentucky.  I was given a second chance. I was able to pursue homeownership, become a part of my son's life again, and eventually went on to finish my Bachelor's degree at Morehead State University in 2017 as well as a Master's of Public Administration at the same institution this past year.


Throughout my education, volunteer work, and involvement in my community, one thought continued to bother me day in and day out.  What had become of our country?  I couldn't understand how or why every elected representative I came across seemed so disconnected from the people they're supposed to serve.  I spent time with people that had differing opinions every day and we could always find at least some common ground to do good work for our communities, so why couldn't they? 


When I first realized I wanted to serve this district as a Kentucky State Senator, I couldn't bring myself to sign into an agreement with any party, especially if it meant I was going to be required to say "NO" on programs and policies that would benefit our state just to meet party guidelines.  So I decided to run for the people, not the party; call me foolish, but I still believe that together we can get this thing back on track.  So I'm asking you to come with me, let's put our foot down and say enough is enough. 


Let's remind them who they're supposed to work for, because it ain't the parties.