Meet Geoff

Geoff grew up in Marblehead, Massachusetts and moved to Fayette County, Kentucky in 1982.

He went to MIT and graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. There were two classes of particular interest to him – they were in the field of political science and were taught by Noam Chomsky.

He first came to Lexington, KY in the summer of 1977 where he spent the summer helping Architecture Professor Dick Levine build a solar house near Raven Run. Professor Levine is a renowned solar architect and expert in sustainable cities.

Geoff went on to obtain a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at UMass (Amherst). After completing his degree he returned to Kentucky for good in 1982. He met Claire Carpenter, married her in 1991, and lives happily with her in Lexington.

Geoff completed a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics at UK. His thesis was on the Agricultural-Congressional Complex as compared to the Military-Industrial Complex.

Geoff and several other antiwar activists staged a sit-in in 1985 at the Lexington office of Senator Mitch McConnell in an effort to stop Congress from funding the Contras, a terrorist group in Nicaragua supported by the Reagan Administration. Lexington attorney Gatewood Galbraith (now deceased) represented them before a jury. They were found guilty of a violation, Trespassing in the 3rd degree, but the jury only fined them $5 each because they felt their cause was just.

Geoff later went on to lead a group of patriotic citizens trying to place Vice President Dick Cheney (R) under arrest for invading Iraq when he visited Lexington in 2008. No arrests occurred.

Geoff spent 14 years working in Frankfort, where he promoted energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies for Kentucky’s state energy office, an agency now called the Department for Energy Development and Independence (DEDI). He was the Assistant Director for most of that time and participated in more than a dozen utility company cases before the Public Service Commission (PSC).

After leaving state government, he led the Sierra Club team that intervened in PSC Rate Case No. 2006-00472, “General Adjustment of Electric Rates of East Kentucky Power Cooperative, Inc.” The team’s goal was to help the utility improve energy efficiency in its large service territory.

From 1982 to 2014, Geoff served in a wide range of responsible volunteer positions at Good Foods Co-op in Lexington, including treasurer, board member, board president (more than 1 term), bylaws committee chair, planning committee member, and finance committee chair.

He took a leading role from 2009 to 2013 in forming the Kentucky Chapter of the Green Party of the US. He ran as a Green against State Representative Stan Lee (R-Fayette County) in 2012 but didn’t win.

He switched back to his lifelong party, the Democratic Party, on 10/11/13 and ran as a Democrat in 2014 against US Congressman Andy Barr (R). He lost the 5/20/14 Democratic primary to Elisabeth Jensen (D) by a margin of 61% to 39%, even though she spent 9 times as much money and got the endorsement of Governor Beshear and Lt. Gov. Abramson before the primary. To win 39% on 5/20/14 was an amazing achievement, representing the votes of 30,000 6th District Democrats. If Geoff had been able to raise the $800,000 that Ms. Jensen did, he feels he would easily have won the primary and gone on to crush Andy Barr in the general election on 11/4/14.