Democrats in central Kentucky have nominated an immigration and injury attorney to fill the unexpired term of the late Sen. Tom Buford, R-Nicholasville.
Helen Gulgan Bukulmez, a Lexington immigration and injury lawyer and adjunct professor at NKU, will face off against the Republican nominee Nicholasville Dr. Donald Douglas in the Nov. 2 special election in the 22nd Senate District which includes part of Fayette, and all of Garrard, Jessamine, Mercer, Washington Counties.
Bukulmez is an Emerge Kentucky graduate who attended University of Kentucky, and graduated from NKU’s Chase College of Law. Prior to her legal education, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Uludag University in Bursa, Turkey, and is certified in Global Arbitration Law and Practice from Queen Mary University of London in the UK, according to her profile with Emerge.
“I joyously live on top of A HOLLER in Garrard County in a tiny home. I pick rocks to build fireplaces, rake leaves to start gardens, and use a billhook to cut my firewood. As an American, I have rights and my hard work is always rewarding. It’s the best life I’ve ever had,” Bukulmex wrote on her Facebook page.
Her son is a doctor and her fiance is a police officer and Army veteran.