Actress Ashley Judd might just consider a run for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky. The Kiss the Girls star said in a press statement on Friday that she is honored to have supporters encouraging her to run for a Senate seat in her former home state. While she is not confirming any plans yet to run for office, she has said it is something she might consider in the future.
At an event in September sponsored by Marie Claire magazine and EMILY’s List, Ashley Judd said she receives “a lot of encouragement to run” for office. The idea is something she is open to, saying at the event that she wants to serve and it could “be time to look at possibly running for office.”
Ashley Judd fans eager to see her follow through on that statement have reportedly been encouraging the actress to challenge Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in his 2014 re-election bid. Right now, no one is set to run against the powerful senator, who has already stashed millions for his campaign from wealthy supporters.
Right now, however, Ashley Judd is living in Tennessee and would have to re-establish her residency in Kentucky before she could run for office there. Although Judd has expressed her interest in possibly pursuing politics as a second career, she is not yet willing to make any commitments.
“I cherish Kentucky, heart and soul, and while I’m very honored by the consideration, we have just finished an election, so let’s focus on coming together to keep moving America’s families, and especially our kids, forward,” Judd said in a press statement on Friday.