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KFTC Questionnaire

WHAT IS YOUR VISION FOR THE DISTRICT? HOW WILL YOUR DISTRICT BE DIFFERENT IN TWO OR FOUR YEARS IF YOU’RE ELECTED?

I will fulfill the voters' expectations that their voices are primary–this district is best served by ensuring that those who elect me also guide my votes and what I advance in Frankfort. Education, healthcare and jobs are issues all of us face and it would be beneficial to our Commonwealth if the peoples’ representatives would work together. I am skilled at fostering teamwork and will be able to bring stakeholders and members from both parties together to support any bill or issue that deserves bipartisan support. Two and four years from now, this district will retain its leadership status in Frankfort. It will continue to be a district where important points are raised and legislation that promotes the well-being and advancement of Kentucky citizens will become law.


DO YOU SUPPORT THE RESTORATION OF VOTING RIGHTS FOR FORMERLY INCARCERATED FOLKS WHO HAVE SERVED THEIR FULL SENTENCE? ARE THERE OTHER POLICIES YOU SUPPORT TO INCREASE VOTING RIGHTS AND ACCESS?

Yes, I support the restoration of voting rights for people that have paid their debt to society. I will work to amend any bill or law that makes it more difficult for any Kentucky citizen to be able to vote. Everyone should have a voice in the electoral process. I will encourage schools and businesses to foster voting rights and access by permitting educational and election events. In addition, it is important to ensure that our citizens are educated about state and national politics. I will create opportunities for lawmakers to speak frequently at schools and at senior citizen centers, in particular, to bring access to government to a typically under-served population. Educated voters are the voters we need. As lawmakers, it is our duty to help educate the population about how government works and who their elected officials are.


WHAT REVENUE RAISING SOLUTIONS DO YOU SUPPORT TO PROTECT PUBLIC PENSIONS AND FULLY AND FAIRLY FUND OUR SCHOOLS AND PUBLIC SERVICES? DO YOU SUPPORT TAX REFORMS THAT CLOSE LOOPHOLES FOR THE WEALTHY AND CORPORATIONS?

Businesses and corporations are vital contributors to the economy. Kentucky must recognize the job creation and growth that businesses can bring to an area. We must also insist that those entities provide mutual support for the regions they occupy, not just in terms of offering jobs but in paying fair taxes for the resources they consume. Rational tax reform that does not penalize any particular group will be necessary for the future. Our veterans, our teachers and our first responders must be supported, not just in what they do for us today, but in the legacy they leave behind. Any changes to the pension or retirement structure of those vital citizens must be done in a measured manner that does not reduce this state’s ability to fully protect retirees or to encourage future leaders to serve in the education profession.


WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS TO EXPAND SUPPORT AND RESOURCES TOWARD OUR IMMIGRANT POPULATION, UNDOCUMENTED OR OTHERWISE?

This country was built by immigrants and immigration is key to our ability to continue to be a world leader. Those who came to us from foreign lands have added so much to our culture and our education. It is important that support and resources for the immigrant population be a topic discussed at all levels–from basic healthcare and education for all children through using skilled workers to grow our industries. We need to remove rhetoric, hate and fear from the discussion and find a way to meaningfully communicate. I would suggest beginning with bipartisan think tanks and discussions in local communities. Faith-based partners are key to this support and can help guide the allocation of resources. A statewide response can launch the ideas created in regional brainstorming sessions. We must continue our nation’s policy of open arms and our nation’s demand that we all are incorporated in the democratic decision-making process.

WHAT ARE YOUR IDEAS FOR ADDRESSING POVERTY, CREATING GOOD JOBS, AND IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR PEOPLE IN YOUR DISTRICT AND ACROSS KENTUCKY?

Kentucky has so much to give to its population in terms of jobs and education. We are home to some of the finest industries and educational institutions in the country. Good jobs follow states with laws that are business friendly, but also require businesses to be good citizens and to protect their workers and the environment. Improving the quality of life for those in lower income brackets and those who struggle begins by creating community partners to coordinate emergency services. Once people are out of crisis, we can address the underlying causes and move towards a solution. Solutions include health partners’ ability to use innovative and low-cost access to care and services provided by mid-level providers like nurses and physician assistants where possible. Medicaid and our insurer partners can work with us to make that happen.


WHAT POLICIES WOULD YOU SUPPORT TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENSURE ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER AND AIR FOR ALL KENTUCKIANS?

It is incumbent on Kentucky to make sure our water, our public spaces and our wilderness are protected. Businesses should be good citizens and good stewards of the land: regulations and laws that help ensure that are important to me. Our public spaces and wilderness areas should be more heavily promoted through a statewide tourism project. Visitors should be encouraged to return to Kentucky through incentives and advertising. We are a gorgeous state and should celebrate this nationwide. Outreach to other countries, particularly those with a population relatively new to travel would be beneficial. Our mountains, our lakes, our thoroughbred horses, our bluegrass, our bourbon – all of these should be seen firsthand. When our citizens see the value in clean water, clean air and protected public spaces, they will be more inclined to support laws that protect these valuable resources.


WHAT POLICIES DO YOU SUPPORT TO GROW OUR CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY TO CREATE NEW JOBS AND ENERGY SAVINGS FOR KENTUCKIANS?


Kentucky is a resourceful state. We see how our citizens make their mark on the nation and even on the world. We need to encourage entrepreneurs and foster pilot programs with clean energy and energy savings partners. Outreach to entities or other states with model programs should result in creating a partnership with those entities and states that will help us learn what works in our region. Education of students, particularly at the secondary and collegiate level, helps bring a statewide understanding of the importance of clean energy and a self-supporting economy. Educational and vocational programs should be versatile enough to provide classes that assist in this understanding and foster employment in clean energy fields.


DO YOU SUPPORT A STATEWIDE FAIRNESS LAW TO PROTECT LGBTQ PEOPLE FROM DISCRIMINATION?

Discrimination in any form is intolerable and unacceptable. Equality now. Period. I would be proud to sponsor or co-sponsor legislation that would enact a statewide Fairness law. And I would continue this effort until the measure passes. As a member of the Kentucky Democratic Party State Central Executive Committee, I proposed amending the bylaws to increase the total elected committee members from each congressional district to include an LGBTQ member. I have always been outspoken in support of equality and rights for the LGBTQ members of our community and intend to do the same in Frankfort.


WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO SUPPORT GREATER RACIAL JUSTICE, OPPOSE WHITE SUPREMACY AN ADDRESS INEQUALITY IN THE UNITED STATES?

No Kentucky citizen should live in fear. Hatred and injustice stem from a lack of understanding and comfort with a subject. Race is still a difficult subject, particularly in rural communities. Education and community discussion of these issues is key. It is important that leaders across the state meet and discuss in bi-partisan public forums how to reduce fear and increase diversity and understanding. Our elected officials must be vocal partners in these discussions and be required to meet with voters to honestly address the specific needs of those districts. By talking about racial issues in schools, in churches and statewide, we can ensure racial justice. Making sure that jury pools are diverse and encouraging non-caucasian jurors to participate helps ensure a fair system. At every level of government, we must recognize the inherent value of everyone who works for a living and reflect that respect to all children across Kentucky.


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