David L Snardon | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

David L Snardon

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?

I see Kentucky as a state that believes in equity, fairness, and compassion, and displays those values through our policies. In Frankfort we face a Super Majority that we must build bridges with in order to ensure legislation is obtained that lifts our highest ideals. When elected I will fight for those policies that give us better choices. From a woman's right to chose what's best for her body, to parents being able to pick from an assortment of quality public school; to addressing criminal justice reform, affordable housing, and healthcare, and bring more diversity to Frankfort so all our citizens have representation they can trust.

Question 2: 
Even after Governor Beshear's December 2019 executive order, over 170,000 Kentuckians with felonies in their past 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? Please explain.

I support a constitutional amendment; automatically restore voting rights to all with felonies. The criminal justice system needs a complete overhaul; must first begin with a new philosophy. Instead of being punitive it should focus on restorative justice, part of that RJ is restoration of voting rights.

Question 3: 

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? Do you support legislation requiring that Kentucky voters present a photo ID on election day even though many Kentuckians do not have that kind of ID? Why or why not?

I support any legislation that helps instead of hinders all Kentuckians to exercise their rights to vote. I believer all barriers to voting should be eliminated. I do not support any legislation requiring voters to present a photo ID. Such legislation is suggested as a way to target the most vulnerable in our society who may not carry ID.

Question 4: 

Kentucky has a tax code that does not raise enough revenue to meet the Commonwealth’s budgetary needs – a problem that was made worse by the legislature's tax shift of 2018. After years of budget cuts, the funding for pensions, public education, infrastructure, and other essential programs have reached dangerous levels of disinvestment. How would you work 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?

HB 263 filed by Rep. Jim Wayne outlines a plan to make taxes in Kentucky more equitable ensuring that those who can afford to pay more taxes do so, reducing the amount of taxes paid by those with limited income. This bill is one I could support. Currently the tax structure tax the most wealth the least while KY looses out on needed taxes for services.

Question 5: 

Many Kentucky’s local governments have a policy 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. What is your view of these types of policies and what would you do to expand support and resources toward our immigrant population, undocumented or otherwise?

As reported by the Courier Journal the 2/11/2020 the Senate has passed a bill to the house that would disregard sanctuary like policies. These types of policies don't make us safer but limites the rights and values in our city to show compassion to the stranger. I would push back against such legislation and support policies that supports the full integration of the immigrant population. I further believe that Kentucky should not follow the lead of Washington and our police should not have too work in kind with federal agents to enforce oppressive immigration laws.

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 stand in solidarity with those fighting against environmental injustice and I work with a regional environmental justice organization focused on the south called Justice First. There should be incentives for those bringing clean energy jobs to Kentucky, and when energy is returned to the grid it should reduce electric bills. Being a resident that lives close to Rubber Town I support the Clean Air and Water Act.

Question 7: 

What is the role of the Kentucky legislature 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 state? Please identify at least two policy initiatives you would propose while in office to address racial and systemic inequalities.

The Kentucky legislature should set the town for the rest of the state in being sensitive in passing policies that affect the most vulnerable in our society including minorities. I would work on a policy that would require a racial impact study for any that would affect the judicial system or law enforcement. Reported by the Pegasus Institute, 2016 64,123 non-violent, non-sexual defendants detained in KY due to not being able to afford bail. I would also work on bail reform.

Question 8: 

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? 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?

I am committed to ending mass incarceration in Kentucky and will push policies that focus on crime prevention, and automatically restoring voting rights for all returning from prison. I support Ban the Box as a state wide policy.

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? What will you do to support LGBTQ Kentuckians?

I believe that all people should be free from discrimination including sexual orientation and will fight for LGBTQIA people to be treated fairly and under the law.

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 there are major challenges here in Kentucky. The Bevin administration failed to respond to Kentucky’s Hepatitis A outbreak, local health departments are underfunded and are slated to lose about a third of their workers, and the legislature has recently passed a bill restricting access to reproductive health. The legislature has a role in getting Kentucky on track for better health. What would you to build on the progress of Medicaid expansion and to ensure that all Kentuckians have access to quality, affordable health care?

Answer 10: 

I commend Kentucky for supporting the Affordable Care Act under the Obama presidency and will work with others to ensure that affordable and accessible Health Care for all be a right.