We must prepare Kentucky students to excel in the careers of the future and that means we must support and invest in great public schools at all levels: early education, K-12, vocational training and our universities.
We also need to provide adequate resources to schools so they can offer proven programs that help kids learn, including S.T.E.M education, the arts, P.E., afterschool care, and Family Resource and Youth Services Centers. We also have to find ways to make college more affordable for working families.
Today, our system punishes hardworking, ambitious Kentuckians by forcing them to take on crippling debt to pay for a college education, even though a more educated workforce strengthens our economy and helps all of us. Kentuckians deserve better.
Preparing our students for the future means we have to provide resources for teachers, including the financial security of knowing the pensions they’ve been promised will be fully funded. We’ve made the same promise to our police officers, firefighters, rescue workers and many other professionals who’ve devoted their careers to serving the people of Kentucky.
We have to work together to find fiscally responsible ways to honor our state’s commitments to both public servants and the public. That means we have to reduce wasteful spending and find new sources of revenue for Kentucky, including modernizing our outdated tax code and exploring other options including expanded gaming.
Our veterans made a tremendous commitment to serving our country and many paid the ultimate price. We have to honor them by returning the favor. I am a fierce advocate for veterans as well as military spouses and families and I want to work with the military community, state and federal agencies and the private sector to help more veterans find jobs, health care, education and other resources in Kentucky. As home to two major U.S. Army installations, Fort Knox and Fort Campbell, we should do more to recruit high-skilled veterans to settle in Kentucky as they transition from military service to civilian life.
State government should be opening up Kentuckians’ access to health care instead of cutting it off by restricting Medicaid. Our state especially needs to provide better access to treatment for opioid addiction. This an equal-opportunity crisis, devastating families across Kentucky, and we need to provide equal-opportunity treatment for people who are ready to get help instead of forcing them to wait. I also strongly endorse legalizing medical marijuana, which can help ease chronic pain, which is particularly a concern among seniors and many of our veterans.
Jobs and Workers
We must create a modern economy where every Kentuckian has the opportunity to get a job that pays enough to provide financial and economic security for themselves, their families and our communities.
We also have to attract more skilled workers and businesses to our state and encourage Kentucky’s entrepreneurs, particularly in rural areas where traditional industries are employing fewer and fewer people.
We must address the challenges many working families face in trying to make ends meet. That’s why the state should work with the private sector to provide working Kentuckians with better access to affordable child care, health care, education and other opportunities.
I believe in the power of unions, and the rights of workers to organize and bargain for better pay and conditions. Also, our economy requires many of Kentucky’s professionals to operate in dangerous work environments, which means we have to protect and support first responders, machinists, electricians, construction and manufacturing workers, nurses and others who may be injured on the job.
My support for these workers means I oppose arbitrary limits on workers’ compensation for hazardous-duty public employees like firefighters and police officers who take risks every day for the safety of their fellow Kentuckians. And in situations where they make the ultimate sacrifice, we must provide for their families without exception.
Justice and Equality
I believe in justice for all, and that means preserving and promoting every Kentuckian’s civil rights. That includes passing and enforcing laws against discrimination based on race, ethnicity, sex, age, faith as well as disability or LGBT. Diversity enriches our community and makes us stronger.
I’m a strong supporter of a woman’s right to choose and will oppose any attempt to further restrict a woman’s legal right to access safe abortion services.
In recent years, immigration has become Louisville’s primary source of population growth. That means it’s critical for our future that we continue to welcome good, hardworking people from around the world to know they can come here and join our community. Many of our new neighbors are brave people who have escaped persecution, poverty, war, starvation and more to come here. Others were brought here as children and have grown up as Kentuckians. In addition, many immigrants have professional skills and expertise in fields like business, medicine and technology that help our economy.
Stopping Cyber Crime
As the National President (volunteer) of InfraGard for 3 years, I led this nonprofit organization which was a public-private partnership between the FBI and the private sector infrastructure sectors focused on improving the security of our critical infrastructures. While we addressed physical security, terrorist and domestic threats
and natural disasters, much of the focus was on cyber security issues which affects all sectors of our community and economy.
Kentucky needs stronger laws and better systems to protect our citizens’ private information and to prosecute criminals who try to steal it. You can’t fight 21st-century crime with 19th-century legal tools. In our laws, like in so many other areas, state government needs to catch up with the world where Kentuckians are living, working and raising families.
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The primary is May 22, 2018.
The deadline to register to vote in the primary is April 23, 2018.
The general election is November 6, 2018.
The deadline to register to vote in the general election is October 9, 2018.
If you have questions about registering to vote or voting in Louisville Metro, check out the Board of Elections’ Frequently Asked Questions page. You can also call or visit the Jefferson County Election Center:
The Edison Center
710 W. Ormsby Ave.
Louisville, KY 40203
phone: (502) 574-6100
Where to Vote
Polling locations often change. For this reason, it is a good idea to look up where you will be voting before election day. If you live in Louisville Metro click here to see where you vote on Election Day.
On election day, remember to bring proper identification to the poll to be eligible to vote. Check the Secretary of State’s Voter Information Guide for current valid forms of identification.
The General Election is Tuesday November 6, 2018
Polls will be open: 6am – 6pm
Questions: Call Jefferson County Board of Elections at (502) 574-6100.
Polling locations often change. For this reason, it is a good idea to look up where you will be voting before election day. If you live in Louisville Metro click here to see where you vot
KENTUCKY LAW ALLOWS PEOPLE TO VOTE AT THE ELECTION CENTER PRIOR TO ELECTION DAY FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:
- Voter will be outside the county on Election Day.
- Student who temporarily resides outside the county in which he/she is registered who will be out of the county on Election Day.
- Voter who is a member of the Armed Forces or a dependent of a member of the Armed Forces and who will be out of the county on Election Day.
- Voter who is a member of the Armed Forces who will be confined to base within the county on Election Day and who learns of that confinement within 7 days or less of the election.
- Voter who is a citizen residing overseas and will be out of the county on Election Day.
- Voter or spouse of voter who has surgery scheduled that will require hospitalization on Election Day.
- Precinct Election Officer serving in a precinct other than that in which he is registered or an Alternate Precinct Election Officer.
- Member or any staff for the County Board of Elections; Any deputy county clerk; any staff for the State Board of Elections.
- FOR PRESIDENTIAL BALLOT ONLY: Moved to another state after its registrations books closed.
- A woman in her last trimester of pregnancy.
- KRS 117.088 – Pilot program for unassisted voting by blind and visually impaired persons.
If you would like to have an absentee ballot mailed to your home, you may request one for any of the following reasons:
- Person who due to age, disability, or illness will be unable to go to the polls on election day.
- Student who temporarily resides outside the county in which he/she is registered.
- Voter who temporarily resides outside the state but who is still eligible to vote in this state.
- Person incarcerated in jail who has been charged with a crime but has yet to be convicted of the crime.
- Person whose employment location requires him/her to be absent from the county all hours and all days absentee voting by machine is conducted.
- Military personnel confined to a military base on Election Day.
- Residents of Kentucky and their dependents that are members of the Armed Forces.
- Kentucky citizens residing overseas.
Absentee Ballot Application Forms can be requested in person, by phone, mail or email from:
Board of Elections
Urban Government Center
710 W. Ormsby Ave.
Louisville, Ky 40203
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