C. Ed Massey | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

C. Ed Massey

Political party: 
Question 1: 

What’s your vision for Kentucky? How will the lives of Kentuckians be improved as a result of your time in office? What legislative committees will you request to serve on once elected? 

I currently served on the following committees: Judiciary (Vice Chair) Listening and Occupation Education Veterans Military Affairs and Public Protection Governor’s task force on Criminal Justice Reform House work group on Judicial structuring and re-districting Pension work group My vision for Kentucky is to address the financial woes including but not limited to the pension problems and issues related to COVID 19. We have a budgetary challenge. Despite these challenges, we need to protect our Educational System and promote the economy. I will continue to protect the lives of the unborn and protect second amendment rights.

Question 2: 

Even after Governor Beshear's December 2019 executive order that restored voting rights to 152,000 Kentuckians with felonies in their past, over 170,000 Kentuckians are still ineligible to vote. Do you support a constitutional amendment to automatically restore voting rights to all Kentuckians with felonies in their past once they've served their time, probation, and parole? Why or why not?

Yes. If someone has paid their debt to society, they should not be prohibited from casting votes in the interest of their community.

Question 3: 

During the 2020 primary, Kentuckians voted in record numbers as a result of mail-in absentee voting and early voting. But we can improve on what we learned in the primary and make voting more accessible for all Kentuckians. What is your view on modernizing state election laws? Specifically, do you support allowing early voting, mail-in ballots, same-day voter registration, extended hours at polling locations, offering ballots in multiple languages, and other election reforms? Would you uphold or work to repeal Senate Bill 2, which makes it harder for voters who don't have particular kinds of photo ID to vote, knowing that many Kentuckians do not have – and face barriers to obtaining – those forms of ID?

I believe that all who can vote should vote. I do believe that verification of the voter is appropriate including a voter ID. Anyone who is a resident can obtain an ID. There are options for those who may not be able to obtain an ID. I do like the early in person voting. I do have concerns with mail in voting, especially assuring that all votes are counted. I voted in support of SB 2. I do not think it makes it harder for individuals to vote.

Question 4: 

Even before COVID, Kentucky’s tax code did not raise enough revenue to meet the Commonwealth’s needs. We’ve reached dangerous levels of disinvestment in pensions, public education, infrastructure, and other essential programs. While there may be federal aid to buffer some of those impacts, we still need our own sustainable, long-term revenue solutions. What would you do to create a more equitable state tax structure – where everyone pays their fair share – that raises adequate revenue, fights poverty, and invests in Kentucky’s under-resourced communities and the services we all need?

I believe we should engage in tax reform. I believe that taxes should be fair and understandable. In short, we cannot provide what we cannot pay for. By increasing jobs and allowing for adequate pay, we are investing in Kentucky. We also need to provide quality education as this assures that worked will be prepared and that Kentuckians will stay in Kentucky so long as the jobs are available. Poverty has been and remains a concern and we need to provide Kentuckians with job opportunities.

Question 5: 

Many undocumented and mixed immigration status families here in Kentucky do not have access to government aid, stimulus payments, and other resources offered during this pandemic, while they’re simultaneously more likely to be essential workers and are at the highest risk for COVID-19 infection. What would you do to expand support and resources to Kentucky’s immigrant families, undocumented or otherwise, in the time of a global pandemic and beyond?

I believe in mankind. While I believe all should seek citizenship if they elect to reside in the United States, I also believe some persons are here simply because their families sought a better life. In Schools we don’t question status, we simply provide an education. I think we should also provide appropriate protections in the name of civil justice and social justice. While I am not a fan of open borders, for those that live in our communities, we should assist where possible while not jeopardizing the benefits of law abiding citizens.

Question 6: 

Is acting to address the climate crisis a priority for you? What policies do you support to ensure that solutions – such as clean energy jobs and reducing high energy bills – benefit all Kentuckians, including low-income communities, communities of color, and those who are most impacted by the changing climate? And what policies would you support to ensure that all Kentuckians have clean air and water, no matter the color of our skin, income, or zip code?

I believe we should do what we can to protect our environment. We should properly manage our energy sources and use clean energy where appropriate. I would like more scientific evidence on what polices would aid in protection of the environment. I firmly believe that all Kentuckians should have clean air and water.

Question 7: 

Kentuckians from across the state are coming together to say Black Lives Matter and to demand that all Kentuckians can move through our communities without fearing for our lives or our loved ones. What is the role of the Kentucky legislature in opposing white supremacy, addressing racial inequality and supporting racial justice for Black people, Indigenous people, and all people of color in our state? Please identify at least two policy initiatives you would propose while in office to address racial and systemic inequalities.

I am for civil rights, but not preferential treatment. We are all citizens or residents of this great Commonwealth. I believe all persons, regardless of ethnicity, color, orientation, etc., should have their respective civil rights protected. God made us in His image and calls us to love one another. White Supremacy, racial bias and discrimination are not only unlawful, but they are immoral. I will continue to protect the lives and interest of ALL Kentuckians. That being said, I believe in the diversity of opinion and will protect the rights of free speech, assembly,etc. We must all come together to build up, not destroy our state. Black lives do matter as do Caucasian lives, Hispanic lives, Indigenous lives, male lives, female lives, homosexual lives and transgender lives. We should assure the equal, but not preferential treatment of all.

Question 8: 

Kentucky has the ninth highest incarceration rate in the nation, is second for incarcerating women, and has the second-highest rate of children separated from a parent due to incarceration. In addition, Black Kentuckians face disproportionate arrest, conviction, and incarceration, and a heightened risk of police brutality. And people in many parts of our state face racial profiling, intimidation and unjust detainment and detention by federal and local authorities due to immigration status or perceived status. Many Kentuckians are calling for various measures to stem the tide of racialized criminalization, police brutality, mass incarceration, and detention and deportation – from police reform, to increased community investment, to a complete defunding and abolition of the police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). If elected, what will you do to make strides toward ending mass incarceration in Kentucky and reinvesting resources into the communities most impacted by this system?

I have already taken steps to assist in Kentucky’s incarceration problem including a felony expungement bill I carried in the 2019 session and a felony threshold bill I sponsored in the 2020 session. I am working for Judicial reform and criminal justice reform and on ways to address the opioid epidemic gripping our society today.

Question 9: 

Do you support a statewide Fairness law to protect LGBTQ people (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer) from discrimination in housing, employment, financial transactions, and public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity? Do you support a statewide ban on the practice of LGBTQ conversion therapy, which would protect Kentucky youth from a harmful and medically discredited practice?

I am against conversion therapy and I would consider a statewide fairness law so long as said law protected the civil rights of all and did not provide preferential treatment to select groups.

Question 10: 

Nearly 400,000 low-income Kentuckians qualified for health care – including vision, dental and mental health – for the first time under the Affordable Care Act. But major challenges remain, and many are exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis. What would you do to make sure Kentuckians can get and stay healthy? What are your health-related legislative priorities? 

Answer 10: 

I believe we should do whatever is fair and appropriate to protect the health of persons in our communities. I have supported initiatives to deal with the opioid epidemic. I have also supported funding for our hospitals and clinics. We need to continue educating our youth to the adverse affects of drugs and alcohol. Should Kentucky be able to provide health care for its citizens, it should be for all and not certain groups.