I am disappointed that the Herald-Leader chose to endorse the status quo, my opponent, without closely examining my case. Your "reluctant" endorsement of Rep. Stan Lee who, in your own words supports causes "so partisan he has had limited success passing legislation," and who "has done little focusing on Fayette County" seems irresponsible.
While my opponent is an "ideologue," I am a worker.
Lee has not been bold enough or strong enough to fight for Lexington's signature horse industry, an industry worth over $4 billion per year to our commonwealth. Unless action is taken immediately, Lexington may soon no longer be the Horse Capital of the World. Speaking to both sides, I found citizens in the 45th to be concerned about jobs, education, Kentucky's horse industry and government corruption.
Unlike my opponent, I have taken a strong position supporting equal pay for women, expanding Kentucky businesses, reducing the number of high school dropouts, reducing higher education costs, administering budgetary items more efficiently, fighting the abuse of drugs and protecting both our children and senior citizens.
Unfortunately, my opponent declined an invitation by the League of Women Voters to debate me face-to-face, and never appeared at neighborhood association meetings I attended.
In order to serve the people of the 45th District, I will be their voice and an accessible, tireless worker. It is my hope that voters will recognize the need to energize the district and vote for me, Matthew Vanderpool.
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