Paducah City Commissioner Sarah Stewart Holland

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Who I am 

My great-grandfather James Allen started Allen Auto Sales over 60 years ago.

My great-grandfather James Allen started Allen Auto Sales over 60 years ago.

I’m a fifth-generation Paducah native with deep roots in this community. I grew up in Conrad Heights and graduated from Heath in 1999. I attended Transylvania University where I got a degree in political science and met my husband Nicholas. We lived in Washington, DC, for five years after we got married where I got a law degree from American University and worked on Capitol Hill.

When it came time to start a family, I couldn’t imagine raising my children anywhere but Paducah, so my husband and I moved back in 2009. I’m now a mother of three boys. Griffin is a fourth grader and Amos is a second grader at Clark Elementary School. Felix is three years old and is talking up a storm!

As we grew our family, I quickly realized I needed flexible work. I taught Business Law at WKCTC for several years, and in 2011 I started a parenting blog with a friend from law school. That really helped me find a viable career in social media. I launched my own blog, Bluegrass Redhead, in 2013 and began offering digital marketing help to local businesses in our community so they could utilize its power. I’ve helped Midtown Market, Michelson Jewelers, Italian Grill on Broadway, and I manage all the social media for Barbecue on the River. I also co-host a national political podcast called Pantsuit Politics, where my dear friend Beth Silvers and I try to bring nuanced and respectful debate to a space sorely lacking it!

I am a member of Grace Episcopal Church and have served on the Board of Directors for the Yeiser Art Center and the Oscar Cross Boys and Girls Club, as well as the Parent-Teacher Organization for Clark Elementary School. I am also a member of the Charity League of Paducah, where I served as co-chair of 2014’s Shine and Dine event that raised $48,000 for Easter Seals of Western Kentucky.