As the 75th District’s State Representative, I’ll offer reasonable, measured, and thoughtful approaches to solving the challenges we face. I’m offering accessibility and availability to the voters, as well as empathy and understanding on the issues. While challenges and opportunities abound for Lexington, I know that responsible leadership will produce real results for you and your family.
Insure Limited Government and
Equal Protection Under the Law
On a national level, we have seen society become increasingly polarized. Political parties have co-opted issues that, I believe, with reasonable, fair-minded discussion, we can responsibly address through our state governments, local community leaders, or—at a most basic level—through one neighbor to another. National party politics have created two problems. First, we debate a lot of issues today in which the government has no business operating. Second, we debate a lot of issues where government gets involved, but then applies the law inequitably. As your representative, I will fight to insure that all Kentuckians receive equal protection under the laws of our Commonwealth. At the same time, I will fight to repeal laws—and stay out of issues—where government has no business in the first place.
Promote Sustainable Jobs for Fayette County
I believe sustainable, lasting jobs form the foundation of healthy families and strong communities. Lexington has some of the most talented working people in the country. I want to do my part to honor your talents and help you achieve your career goals. To promote sustainable job growth within our community, Kentucky needs steadfast commitment to at least three things: smarter tax policies, affordable and reliable energy costs, and a diversely educated workforce. As your representative, I will work tirelessly to foster an environment where businesses will prosper, jobs will last, and workers will succeed.
Encourage Dynamic and Diverse
Economic Growth in Downtown
I believe Lexington’s downtown has tremendous potential for growth and development in the years ahead. I am impressed and inspired by the way our local businesses have worked with one another to create synergies of economic growth in our community. As the 75th District’s representative, I will champion our local businesses, arts community, and infrastructure development, particularly in downtown Lexington. I will help get the Commonwealth’s financial house in order, keep Frankfort out of your way, and make it easier for you to diversify your existing business or start your next venture. Our city’s future development is too important to be relegated to the back-of-the-line in the General Assembly’s discussions and I want to responsibly and reasonably serve your interests in Frankfort, so that Lexington can enjoy the economic growth it has been working so hard to achieve.
Strengthen Education for Our
Children & Adults
We know that education is vital to a community’s success. But the concept of a quality education is something we desperately need to expand beyond its current boundaries. It is the product of teaching, and guidance, and mentorship, and training, and coaching.
For our children, I will fight to improve and expand flexible learning opportunities and choices. I will examine the effectiveness of Common Core Standards and push for school curricula that provide more options for a well-rounded experience and include subjects that have become marginalized, such as Music, Physical Education, Art, and Social Studies.
For our adults, a 4-year-college degree cannot be the be-all, end-all answer to a diversely educated population. Vocational, trade and technical education programs, internships and externships, volunteer and service initiatives, and entrepreneurship opportunities are all capable of adding to the richness and breadth of our local economy. Among U.S. cities, Lexington benefits from one of the higher percentages of college graduates in its workforce, and we can value and support the institutions that make that possible. At the same time, I believe our commitments to education need to be broad enough to meet the variety of needs of our communities and the learning styles of the individuals who live there.
Champion Real Tax Reform
Kentucky’s tax system is unnecessarily complicated. Our tax policies can be simpler, smarter, and friendlier to economic growth within our Commonwealth. Fundamentally, I trust your ability to decide where to spend your money more than I trust Frankfort’s ability to decide where to spend your money. For the 75th District’s local businesses—from Southland Drive to Jefferson Street—I know that tax savings go right back into your businesses, or into job creation, or result in local purchases. Our community does an amazing job of supporting local business, but I believe we can do more through tax reforms in Frankfort. I will always stand up for hard-working Kentuckians and work to cut excessive taxes, while making sure the taxes we do pay are collected fairly and used efficiently.
Find Solutions to KY's Pension Problem
For years Kentucky’s elected officials on both sides of the political aisle neglected growing pension problems in our Commonwealth. By de-prioritizing and underfunding the pension system, elected officials put Kentucky families at risk for devastating tax increases, a bankrupt state, or both. Meanwhile, our workers and retirees lack confidence in the promises upon which they built their careers. There is plenty of blame to go around on this issue. Yet, I am more interested in moving forward and solving the problem. I have high hopes for our current governor’s dedication on this issue and looking forward to working in the House of Representatives to find efficiencies, savings, and means of re-funding the pension system to sustainable levels. Solving the pension crisis is in all Kentuckians’ best interest. It demonstrates fiscal competency, protects our pocketbooks, and encourages new businesses to open their doors in a responsibly managed state.
Enhance Safety in Our Neighborhoods
I believe our citizens and visitors should be able to walk any of our streets and know they are safe. But, we accomplish that goal only by being bold enough to look at comprehensive, across-the-board approaches to maintaining safe communities. As your representative, my focus would be on four strikingly different, but effective, ways of reaching our goals.
First, and most obviously, we must insure adequate funding to our police and court systems. Second, we need to better understand and address drug addiction and recovery. As part of that, I believe rising opioid abuse requires the availability of responsible needle exchange programs. Third, I fully support and encourage responsible gun ownership and gun ownership education among private citizens. You have a right to feel safe within your homes. Fourth, I count myself among the increasing number of Republicans willing to acknowledge and advance the call for justice reform within our Commonwealth. Through responsible leadership on this issue, I believe we can help end cycles of poverty, violence and economic disadvantage for those within our community who suffer as a result of these issues. When punishment amounts to an unending barrier to jobs, integration or success within society, then no meaningful hope for rehabilitation exists and our community becomes less safe.