Di Tran | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Di Tran

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 believe that everyone should be a small business owner, or the least have the small business mindset. We will increase small business ownerships throughout our community via intentionally developing, invest and track the progress of these initiatives.

Small businesses are the bloodline of our community, and if we foster these well, we can solve multiple social challenges such as homeless, employments, and many others.

This country, state, city, community and more importantly these community people has the capability to develop a country kid from 3rd world country like me into who I am today, and I can testify and advocate that we can literally do anything, and help any community people to move to next level if we really want to. I have the passion, experience, and capabilities to do it now - but on a small scale. Together, we can really do a lot more.

The KY Senate Chamber and so the KY House Chamber needs a good mix of young blood, hungry to contribute and highly appreciate this community, city, state, and country. I owe this to our community, and I am paying forward.

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.

Yes, American is an American, regardless of their life situation. They have their American right just like anyone. True freedom and democracy are just that, the individual right as an American, and cannot be taken away because of individual life mistaken or life taken wrong turn

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 believe in making the voting process easier and way more accessible to everyone, BUT WITH CONTROL. I am one of the top-level engineers at a Fortune 54 company, with 18 years of programming experience. We are in the age of Artificial Intelligence now, and the topic of apply technology to ease these types of processes is not being discussed. We are way behind. Our KY government needs a good mix of expertise in those chamber - more importantly a good mix of young community advocates

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?

I am 20 years experienced, serial small business owner. Revenue, expense and budget management is critical, and our KY government needs more small business owners in those KY chambers.

I want to boost our economy via boosting the entrepreneurship community to the next level (turn everyone into a small business owner or at least with that mindset if he/she so choose). When our community makes money and keep it local, then apply tax where it make sense. Apply revenue generation strategies where other states already proved works, such as legalize gambling and others. I believe in this theory - help our community generate money, so we can tax (a form of government generating more money).

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?

I am a Vietnamese immigrant, and it's important to have an immigrant a type of representation in the Senate Chamber now. The least of this can do is allow to share a positive perspective and value that immigrants contribute to this community. There has to be an immigrant voice in those chambers to soothe the anger, hatred, and bring about the most practical policy that everyone can win. Win-win situation building is what small business owner does best. Immigrants with the highest level of appreciation to this country, and literally community people (even when he/she adversely feels about him) can really do some damage on hatred, and I am one of those immigrants.

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 would not word it acting. We have to do it now. We have to start talking technology (AI, cloud computing, green energy and ...) now. I was 18 years experienced, and one of the top-level engineer out of 7000 engineers in a fortune 54 company. I am also an computer Adjunct professor, and can simplify technology to common English to share the importance of these topics. I support all these bills, but we cannot just do it all at one time. It is about educating people, developing more professionals in these fields, and invest in these community initiatives to carry these out. So bills to promote things like these, I would highly support and advocate for.

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.

I am an Immigrant, and I believe in this concept of having an immigrant voice next that white supremacy, and we can sooth the anger, and oppose feeling. Let's the practical here, immigrant and equality advocate is a minority in the Senate Chamber now. It is not about opposing and showcase the opposition; it is about getting buy-in, collaboration, and find common ground on this topic so everyone can win. That's how we can create bills that matter to immigrant and under-represented groups.

It's not about specific here yet, it is about the mindset, and the capability to implement that mindset inside each and every bill. That's what matters, and I have the catalyst to do exactly that.
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?

Yes for a short answer, but I am a specific and practical candidate. It boils down to the HOW more than just simple support. I am a business person, and I believe in enabling others to the level of value that he/she is actually are as an individual. To do that, we have to invest, re-educate/re-equip people with what they need to be a value to the community again, and provide them the confidence to do so, measure and keep each other accountable and go from there. There has to be a plan for these things than simply letting people loosed

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?

Yes, absolutely. Again, this is more than just support and saying we support it. It's very much about the HOW. I believe in raising awareness and educating people about the LGBTQ community/individual lives and tell stories. I would focus on promoting and sponsor education and raise awareness about these in school, and in companies.

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 believe that Health Care is one of the biggest challenges in our community. I believe that Health Care should be the top-level topic for the social aspect of things and it should absolutely be affordable and slowly lead to freedom for all. Again, I am a business person and I believe that you cannot spend what you don't have. I would focus on increasing revenue first, and make this as the top topic to bring about the discussion when revenue is increase so we can realize this goal instead of only talking.