By Lee Chottiner Community Editor ” Jewish Community of Louisville “
Though Kentucky’s Jewish population is comparatively small, Daniel Grossberg nevertheless believes it’s important to have at least one Jewish representative in the state legislature.
Right now, there are none. “If you’re not at the table, then you’re on the menu,” said Grossberg, a Democratic candidate for state representative from the 30th District. “It changes the whole conversation; instead of pronouns ‘they’ and ‘them,’ the conversation is ‘we’ and ‘us.’”
Grossberg, 41, a Louisville realtor, filed for the May primary on Jan. 10. He will face the incumbent, Tom Burch, who has served in the House for more than 40 years.
The 30th District is an ethnically diverse jurisdiction consisting of parts of Hikes Point, Buechel and Newburg. At least nine different religions have churches or temples there, according to the candidate, while recently settled ethnic groups from Nepal, Bhutan and Bosnia, to name a few, call the area home.
Few of its residents are Jewish. The legislature, which is formally called the Kentucky General Assembly, has 100 representatives and 38 senators. There also are seven statewide office holders, none of whom are Jewish.
There are approximately 11,000 Jews living in the commonwealth, according to various sources. There hasn’t been a Jew in the legislature since Kathy Stein, a state senator from Lexington, left office in 2013 to become a Fayette County Family Court Judge. Dr. Karen Berg ran a vigorous campaign for the Senate from District 26 in 2018, but she lost to incumbent Republican Ernie Harris.