John R. Sharpensteen | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

John R. Sharpensteen

Political party: 
Democrat
Incumbent: 
No
Question 1: 

What’s your vision for Kentucky? How will the lives of Kentuckians be improved as a result of your time in office?

Better health care, equal treatment under the law, better and more job opportunities, education, better treatment for Veterans, cleaner environment, more opportunities for senior citizens, etc.

Question 2: 

How would you create a more equitable federal tax structure – where everyone pays their fair share – that raises adequate revenue, fights poverty,  and invests in under-resourced communities and the services we all need?

I would do away with ALL tax deductions and set a fair tax rate for all citizens based upon the ability to pay. This would include all businesses. With the possibility of those earning at the poverty level or less not paying any taxes at all.

Question 3: 

What would you do to make sure that every Kentuckian has quality, affordable health care? What are your top health policy priorities, and what approaches to health care coverage do you support? Do you support Medicare For All?

My plan for health care is to introduce legislation that would mandate the ENTIRE health care system to become a non-profit. Possibly with the formation of health care Co-Ops. I believe in health care for all but do not support Medicare for All. However taking the profits from health care could be a way to finance Medicare for All of it becomes a reality.

Question 4: 

Do you support comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship for young people and adults? What are your plans to expand support and resources for immigrants and refugees, undocumented or otherwise?

Yes. We need to get all immigrants registered and into the system and treat them as any others citizen.

Question 5: 

Is dealing with the climate crisis a high priority for you, and if so, do you support federal legislation for a Green New Deal? How would you ensure that solutions to the climate crisis benefit all Kentuckians – no matter the color of our skin, income, immigration status, or zip code?

I am a firm believer in Global Warming. I don't know a lot about the Green New Deal so I will hold my comments. I will work with other like minded Senators to find the best solutions possible. I view all citizens of Kentucky equally regardless of race, creed or religion. I will not bow to the rich or ignore the not so rich. what is good for one Kentuckian I hope will be good for all Kentuckians.

Question 6: 

What is the role of the U.S. Congress in opposing white supremacy, addressing racial inequality and supporting racial justice for Black people, Indigenous people, Latinx people, immigrants, those who are undocumented, and all people of color in our country? Please identify at least two policy initiatives you would propose while in office to address racial and systemic inequalities.

The role is to lead by example. This actually falls on the shoulders of the voters to really know who they are electing. I would put into place programs to work with employers to train employees for good paying jobs. I would also work to establish guide lines for a living wage.

Question 7: 

Kentucky has the ninth highest incarceration rate in the nation, is second in the nation for incarcerating women, and has the second-highest rate in the country of children separated from a parent due to incarceration. In addition, Black Kentuckians make up 8.3 percent of the state population but 21 percent of the state’s incarcerated population. Are you committed to ending mass incarceration in Kentucky and in the United States as a whole? Why or why not? If elected, what will you do to make strides toward ending mass incarceration and reinvesting resources into the communities most impacted by this system?

Yes. Mass incarceration isn't the answer. We need to develop alternate programs to punish and rehabilitate wrong doers. Community service could be an answer as well as allowing those whose crimes are as severe to possible serve their time in the military instead of a prison.

Question 8: 

Do you support restoring voting rights to Kentuckians with felonies in their past? Specifically, do you support the Democracy Restoration Act to restore voting rights to people upon release from prison for purposes of voting in federal elections? Do you support restoring the Voting Rights Advancement Act to ensure strong federal oversight of state and local governments with a history of voter suppression aimed at communities of color? Please explain.

Yes. Everyone should have the right to vote. Voter suppression should not be tolerated. However I would like to see programs available to actually educate the voters on how to select the best candidate regardless of party, race or social status. We need to get past voting for one party or the others just because that was who mom or dad would vote for or even because that is who our spouse would vote for.

Question 9: 

Do you support proposed Just Transition bills in Congress to take care of coal miners and communities by investing in abandoned mine land reclamation (H.R. 2156 and H.R. 4248) and extending current funding for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund for another 10 years (H.R. 3876 and S.3171)? Why or why not?

I am not very familiar with theses resolutions but will take the opportunity to meet with as many coal miners as possible as soon as possible to get a better understanding of what they need and want.

Question 10: 

What will you do to support LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer) Kentuckians? What will you do to protect people from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity?

As a Born Again Christian I believe we are to love one another regardless. I will not discriminate against the LGBTQ community and will oppose anyone that does. I don't believe in their chosen life styles but respect their right to choose.