Gregory D. Stumbo | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Gregory D. Stumbo

Political party: 
Question 1: 

What is your vision for the role of the Kentucky Attorney General? How will our commonwealth be better in four years if you are elected?

I want to make sure the office stays independent and represents all Kentuckians equally. Therefore, as when I was Attorney General previously, I will reopen satellite offices across the Commonwealth to make the office more accessible to everyone.

It is my adamant belief that there is no room for partisan politics in the Office of the Attorney General, and I have and will hold everyone equally accountable to the law. I am dedicated to upholding our state and federal constitutions, and firmly believe personal opinions and politics have no place in that office.

I was the first Attorney General in the nation to sue Purdue Pharma, and I will vigorously pursue the cases pending in Kentucky's courts against others complicit in the drug epidemic that is plaguing our Commonwealth.

Question 2: 

How does your background qualify you for serving in this office? Please provide examples of your advocacy to protect and promote civil rights in Kentucky.

I have four decades of experience as a practicing attorney. I began my prosecutorial experience as an assistant county attorney and was Kentucky's Attorney General from 2004-2007. I have extensive courtroom experience and know the intricacies of how the office works - I won't need on the job training. Experience matters in the Office of the Attorney General.

As when I was Attorney General before, I will uphold the US constitution and vow to vigorously defend every Kentuckians' civil rights.

Question 3: 

Some Kentucky communities have passed ordinances stating that people will not be questioned about immigration status by local authorities, and that local police will only assist federal agents in enforcing immigration laws when there is a warrant signed by a judge or a risk of violence. How would you use your authority as Attorney General to uphold these policies? Please explain.

Kentucky has a very strong "Home Rule" governing system, and so long as those ordinances were not in direct conflict with Federal or state law they will be valid and hence enforceable.

Question 4: 

Black Kentuckians make up 8.3% of the state population but 21% of the state’s incarcerated population. Youth of color in Kentucky are also disproportionately detained and sentenced to serve time in juvenile detention facilities, as compared with white youth. What actions will you take as Attorney General to reduce racial disparities in Kentucky’s juvenile justice and broader criminal justice systems?

I would work with the General Assembly to create a task force to look into the numbers from all 120 counties. The task force, made up of community leaders, prosecutors, law enforcement, and legislators, would have a deadline to make recommendations on how to correct the racial discrepancies and report back to the legislature on possible additions/revisions to current statutes.

We would also communicate with prosecutors the fact that we will watch very closely for racial discrimination in prosecution of cases.

Question 5: 

The current federal administration collected 60% less in civil fines from environmental violators in its first year than the average collections during the previous three administrations. Meanwhile, Kentucky's Energy and Environment Cabinet has cut deals that let polluters off without any fines, including a Western Kentucky coal plant that leaked arsenic into the local water supply. As Attorney General, what is your plan to hold polluters and state agencies accountable for gross violations and systemic non-enforcement of environmental laws?

When I was Attorney General previously I established and staffed an office of Environmental Protection with investigators. We successfully prosecuted several cases at both the state and Federal level. I intend to implement that policy again.

Question 6: 

The Attorney General has an important role in protecting consumer interests in utility rate cases. As Attorney General, what are the principles that would guide your intervention in utility rate cases? Would you support policies and rate structures that encourage energy efficiency and distributed renewable energy and help reduce the financial burden on low-income Kentuckians? Please explain.

I was very active in opposing rate increases and actually opened an investigation into the Public Service Commission itself. One of the problems that we faced was the under-funding of our rate intervention office when it came to acquiring expert testimony in opposition to the rate filings by the utility companies. I will strongly advocate to the General Assembly to provide additional funding for that office in that regard.

Question 7: 

What steps have you taken or would you take to fight political corruption in Kentucky and ensure open, fair and transparent government at the state and local levels?

When I was Attorney General previously, my office fought public corruption that led to the investigation and indictment of a sitting Kentucky governor. I will hold any public official accountable, including the governor, regardless of party affiliation.

Question 8: 

Too many Kentucky communities lack reliable, safe, and affordable drinking water. Recently the water crisis in Martin County made headlines, and similar problems exist across our Commonwealth. As Attorney General, how would you use the power of your office to investigate and hold accountable local water districts and ensure that the public has access to safe, reliable and affordable drinking water?

We will continue the practice of the current Attorney General in investigating and intervening when necessary anywhere criminal activity has occurred. This is a top personal priority of mine because citizens I represented for years in the General Assembly, and those in neighboring counties, have been severely affected.