YAL Propels Candy Massaroni to Victory in Kentucky, Defends Vaccine Choice

Ousting Kentucky State House Majority Whip Chad McCoy, Massaroni latest to join pro-liberty Hazlitt Coalition

Austin, TX — Today, Young Americans for Liberty (YAL)—the nation’s most active youth liberty organization—celebrated the pivotal role it played in propelling Candy Massaroni to victory in Kentucky’s 50th District. YAL’s newest Hazlitt Coalition member, Massaroni challenged Kentucky State House Majority Whip Chad McCoy and the state’s entire political establishment, still winning by nearly 100 votes.

After McCoy stopped returning Massaroni’s phone calls in support of vaccine choice, she decided to challenge him in the 50th District primary. Massaroni attended YAL’s “Liberty Candidate Academy,” which equipped her with the knowledge and skills needed to unseat McCoy. He eventually dropped out of the race in a three-way primary, prompting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s super PAC to step in, endorse her opponent, and flood the race with establishment money. But Massaroni still won.

YAL was instrumental in opposing McCoy throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, sending more than 4,200 mailers and making over 3,900 phone calls in his district after he moved to kill vaccine choice. Those efforts ultimately replaced him with a true champion of liberty, as Massaroni joined YAL’s Hazlitt Coalition. In 2021, the Hazlitt Coalition—a growing network of more than 230 pro-liberty legislators from nearly 40 states—made 88 million Americans more free, advancing medical freedom, school choice, and other pro-liberty policies.

“Candy Massaroni’s victory in Kentucky proves that YAL’s Hazlitt model works,” said YAL Vice President of Policy Ted Patterson. “Establishment politicians who listen to party leadership more than they listen to their constituents don’t deserve to keep their jobs, and I’m proud of the people of Kentucky for standing up and supporting the pro-liberty candidate that will defend their rights.”

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