Time for new generation of leaders
Jim Gray has been a solid mayor for Lexington, and a successful businessman before that. Reggie Thomas has championed progressive values in the state Senate.
They are both good men and strong Democrats, and I’m certain that all three of us will work together in the fall to take back this seat, regardless of who wins the Democratic primary.
But the voters get to decide what sort of experience they want in their candidates. Each election cycle is different. What I hear on the campaign trail is that voters want new leaders in Congress who aren’t products of the political system that they believe no longer works for them.
As a 20-year combat Marine, my final assignment was to teach government at the U.S. Naval Academy to young midshipmen. From these young patriots I learned a worrisome fact: They have shrinking confidence in our political leaders to put America’s interests first, rather than their political parties. Americans are so used to being lied to by politicians that public trust has vanished.
It’s time we elect a new generation of leaders who know how to work together on a mission for the good of country, and who are ready to roll up their sleeves and help rebuild the Democratic Party to make sure it stands for people from every walk of life, no matter where they live — especially in states like Kentucky.
I will work hard to be one of those leaders and ask for your vote on May 22.
Congress 6th District
Go beyond trite sloganeering
Please allow me to remind you that Duke doesn’t always beat Kentucky and that the favorite doesn’t always win the Derby. While I appreciate the effort you took to meet with the candidates I am disappointed by your endorsement choice.
One of my campaign objectives was to force “the conversation” into greater depths than trite bumper-sticker sloganeering. I believe that after the 2016 election cycle voters are hungry for candidates who demonstrate more informed viewpoints and an appreciation for authenticity.
To that end, I have the unique perspective of having spent many hours with the other candidates in public forums and private exchanges. A self-searching, honest assessment leads me to believe that I’m the most authentic and most informed candidate, which is why I’m disappointed in your choice.
My candidacy is an effort at representing “of the people.” I don’t have a guaranteed pension. I don’t have guaranteed lifetime health care. I don’t have millions of dollars to “play candidate.”
The things I worry about are the same things that many people in Central Kentucky worry about. I am of the people. I am one of “us.”
However, I’m not delusional. I understand my candidacy is an attempt to catch lightning in a bottle, an attempt to grab the ghosts of the Unforgettables. I naively thought that the learned, informed editorial board wouldn’t be blinded by money and see which candidate would be best for Kentucky.
I regret my failure to make this more plain for you to see.
Congress, 6th District
Progressive platform, record of service
I would like to thank the Lexington Herald-Leader for their kind words about me in their Sunday editorial. Although I did not receive their endorsement, they noted my “long, impressive record of community involvement and public service,” of which I am very proud.
In the Kentucky Senate, I have created thousands of new jobs and raised over $1 billion in revenue. As a senator, I pride myself on listening to my constituents and making time to meet with them.
I am the best choice to represent this district for a few reasons — my truly progressive platform, my record as an effective legislator as part of the Democratic minority, and my willingness to engage with the people of the 6th Congressional District.
Unlike Andy Barr, I will be available to my constituents. I’ve spent my campaign in all 19 counties as part of a district-wide listening tour because it’s time our leaders listen to what the people of Kentucky have to say.
My desire to be your next congressman doesn’t stem from a need to achieve a lifelong goal. I hadn’t even thought of running for this office until the middle of last year when Kentuckians just like you encouraged me to run.
My progressive platform which pushes for Medicare for all, a $15 minimum wage and making sure everyone in our district has internet access will push Central and Eastern Kentucky forward.
I’m Reggie Thomas, and I’m asking for your vote on Tuesday.
Congress, 6th District
Choose to return GOP to moderation
I am a moderate Republican in the family tree of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Eisenhower and the 27 Republican senators who voted for the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Rep. Andy Barr not only supports President Donald Trump’s agenda, he tolerates his despicable behavior, as when Trump said there were fine people on both sides in Charlottesville. Silence from Barr.
Barr voted to gut and not replace ACA/Obamacare. At the Lafayette High town hall last year, I publicly asked him to wait for the score, which showed 23 million-plus Americans losing health care. His vote would have eliminated the ACA feature of free birth control.
Since I am against abortion — except for rape, incest or the health of the mother — preventing unplanned pregnancies is crucial to continuing the eight-year decline of abortions.
The “tax cut” benefits mostly large corporations. With the exception of 5 million folks (only 3 percent of total 163 million working Americans) getting one-time bonuses and wage increases, the bulk of the permanent corporate cuts have gone to buying back stock. Individual tax cuts for the middle class like me are temporary. The tax cut added $1.5 trillion to our deficit. (More interest payments to China.) Not very fiscally responsible for a Republican.
Check me out on Facebook: Chuck Eddy for Congress. Vote for me Tuesday to return the Republican Party to its compassionate, internationally engaged and fiscally responsible roots. I am doing Republican the old-fashioned way. Thank you.
Congress, 6th District
Candidate videos: See videos of Lexington mayoral and 6th District congressional candidates at their meetings with the Herald-Leader editorial board on Kentucky.com/opinion.