For more business as usual, vote for any of four candidates: they are interchangeable. If you want change, vote for me and Linda Gorton.
While Lexington is broke, other candidates talk about pet projects, ways to spend more money that Lexington doesn't have. I advocate ideas that might actually bring in tax revenue, such as legalization of medical marijuana and allowing farmers to grow hemp. Others are silent.
The Herald-Leader's failure to endorse me again, despite agreeing with my positions, has become the object of speculation. The local weekly, North of Center, called it "The Don Pratt Conundrum" (http://noclexington.com/?p=1875).
The answer to the conundrum is simple: The Herald-Leader endorses people who play its game, who, for show, join neighborhood associations, attend committee meetings, and bow down to the institutional liberalism that has dominated local government for three decades. I will make changes, unlike those who sat idly by while Kentucky American unfairly raised our water rates.
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I don't conform. I live frugally. I fill my living room with luggage for foster and adoptive kids.
The Herald-Leader will never endorse this non-conformity, which amounts to political independence, an attribute lacking in the other candidates.
The Herald-Leader has abdicated its role in covering local politics; therefore, you'll have to read my bio at http://donbpratt.com/ and my positions at http://kentuckyelection.org/lexington/.
The blog Barefoot and Progressive has also written about me: http://barefootandprogressive.blogspot.com/search/label/Don%20Pratt.
Sadly, The paper hasn't condemned the vast unreasonable sums of money being spent on this and the mayoral race.
Elect Don Pratt.