Larson keeping his word
Few appreciate how diligent Jon Larson, now running for council at-large, has been in trying to carry out his 2010 campaign idea of eliminating wasteful and unnecessary offices of judge-executive and fiscal court.
Despite his efforts, the legislature has not held hearings on his bills to amend the Constitution, which will also require voter approval.
Judge-executive pays $3,600 per year, despite the fact that the holder directs large sums for county road construction and repair. Larson has received no compensation for the hours he has devoted to making no fewer than 10 trips per session to Frankfort to deliver his proposals.
Larson has adopted a new strategy: Give up his job, recruit a like-minded replacement (John Roberts) and run for council. Upon election to council, he will seek support for his proposals among other council members. Please support my hardworking, visionary friend.
Keep Mossotti on council
Jennifer Mossotti needs to stay right where she is, as council member for the 9th District. Residents of this district are fortunate to have this experienced, hard-working representative.
I have watched her assist an elderly constituent with a city service bill, work to eliminate the brownouts at the fire stations and develop programs to bring better jobs to our area. Whether the problem impacts one person or the entire community, she deals with it.
This past term, she worked to restore the staffing levels for the fire stations and police, plus worked to secure funding for bulletproof vests for the jail personnel.
She has always supported neighborhood and homeowner associations. She keeps residents aware of community events, available grants and safety alerts. She also secured funds for the parks in the 9th District. With five terms of experience behind her, Mossotti is one of the most valuable members of the council.
Grimes for the future
I'm hoping Kentucky voters will look to the future and choose Alison Grimes and not look to the past which her opponent represents.
Her opponent frequently spends time and taxpayer dollars bashing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid instead of spending his time and our money bringing jobs to Kentucky, which Reid recently did by leading the effort to bring the largest battery factory in the world to his state.
Secretary of State Grimes' opponent continues to look to industries that are slowing instead of looking to industries that are growing.
Kentucky's future rests largely in the hands of voters on Tuesday. The choice is simple: Vote for someone planning for and focusing on our state's future or for someone who doesn't seem to even be aware of what is going on currently and certainly has no vision for the future.
If you are getting a Social Security check, thank the Democrats.
Vote for Democrats to save it from being privatized. If you have Medicare, thank the Democrats and vote for them to keep it from becoming a voucher plan.
If you are under 65 and have health insurance, thank the Democrats. Vote for them to keep the Affordable Health Act. It's unfortunate that elected officials like Sen. Mitch McConnell want to repeal a law which has helped so many.
If you are working for minimum wage, vote for Democrats who want to raise the wage. If you receive SNAP or WIC, vote for Democrats to stop further cuts to them.
If a far-right group is elected, Rep. Paul Ryan's budget will destroy programs that help seniors, children, the disabled, vets and the unemployed. Vote for Democrats who vote at least 50 percent of the time for the people versus large corporations.
Last fall, Judge John Schrader invited me to join him at the Tolly Ho for breakfast with a man who had just been released from jail for threatening to kill him.
The district court judge had ordered the man to have no contact with Schrader while he served his six-month sentence for terroristic threatening, but Schrader had arranged for this special meeting through the jail chaplain.
Schrader had no contact with the man until their breakfast that morning, as he had recused himself from the man's case. I will never forget watching Schrader forgive the man for the pain he had caused. With much prayer, tears and hugs, all of our lives were changed forever.
Kay for council
Throughout the 40 years I have known Steve Kay he has been a calm, mature and principled individual whose professional work has centered on solving big problems.
He brought that real problem-solving experience to the city council, doing a great job in his first term as an at-large council member. Steve has shown true leadership in finding solutions for some of Lexington's most serious problems, such as homelessness. He works exceptionally well with others and does what's right, not expedient.
For council-at-large, please vote for Kay on Tuesday.
Robert J. Brown
Proudly supporting right to work
Based on the sheer number of tasteless and deceptive attack ads that have been run against me by out-of-state labor unions, one could reasonably conclude that this election is about only one issue.
The Herald-Leader's editorial board did little to disguise the fact that it had the same issue on their minds as well. The issue is "right to work." I support it. My opponent does not. This is a key difference between us.
Right to work means simply this: You don't have to join a union to keep your job.
My opponent and I desire many of the same end results, including good health and prosperity for Kentucky families. But effective policy is more than just lofty ideals.
Without right-to-work legislation, our working families lack the opportunities Kentuckians desperately need; opportunities that residents of other states already have.
Compared to Kentucky, right-to-work states enjoy significantly higher job growth and income growth. If current trends continue, my opponent and I will be visiting our grandchildren in Tennessee, Texas and Indiana because that is where our children will have to go to find jobs — not in Kentucky.
What is Kentucky's current leadership doing to create opportunities that help our state and its citizens to prosper and grow? Not enough, by any measure.
By endorsing my opponent, the Herald-Leader editorial board has enthusiastically pledged its allegiance to the continuation of the failed policies and failed leadership in Frankfort that currently cripple Kentucky's economy. Working Kentuckians deserve better.
Republican, House 56th District
Pick no-nonsense hard worker
Throughout this campaign, I've promised a return to the common-sense, bipartisan leadership that the people of the 62nd District deserve.
A lifetime of hard work has prepared me to be the ideal leader for the 62nd in Frankfort. I grew up the son of Scott County tenant farmers, and from a young age learned the value of a hard day's labor and the importance of working together.
I carried these lessons with me throughout the successes I've earned in this life, and these are the values that will guide me as state representative.
My dedication, my work ethic and my understanding of the challenges families in my district face and the hopes they have for their children is the reason so many of my neighbors, Democrat and Republican, asked me to run. It's also the reason Gov. Steve Beshear asked me to run. He sees in me an effective, no-nonsense legislator who can work with him and across party lines to pass important legislation for the commonwealth.
Strong investments in job creation and a world-class education for young people — these will be my priorities in Frankfort.
My three grandchildren live in the district, and more than anything else, my wife, Sandy, and I want them to see this community as a place where their families can live and grow. With your support, this vision is within reach.
Vote for me on Tuesday, and let's put Kentucky on the fast track to 21st century prosperity.
Democrat, House 62nd District