U.S. Senate - Democratic Primary | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

U.S. Senate - Democratic Primary

All registered Democrats in Kentucky may vote in this primary, to be held on May 19. The winner will face the winner of the Republican primary in the November General Election for the seat currently held by Mitch McConnell..

Bennie J. Smith

Political party: Democrat

Campaign website: http://benniejsmith.com

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Question 1:

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

My immediate vision for Kentucky is to change the external and internal perception of Kentucky by implementing more 21st century ideas while addressing the health, education and socio-economic needs of its citizens.

We will focus on closing the achievement gap of students; focus on getting citizens more healthier so they can feel better and cut into health care costs; focus on climate change while implementing renewable energy and energy efficient technology jobs for urban, rural and Appalachian areas; offer Universal Healthcare via a single payor system for Kentucky residents that includes pre-existing conditions; more funding for public schools and more funding for the arts; investment in jobs skills training while encouraging high school students not entering post-secondary education options to learn a trade or skill; restoration of the air, water and land with cleanup of polluted areas of the states affected by fossil fuels and carbon emissions.

Maggie Jo Hilliard

Political party: Democrat

Campaign website: https://www.electmojo.com/

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Question 1:

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

In my practice, I hear individuals’ stories about the effects of government inefficiency, systemic discrimination, corporate corruption, consumer fraud, financial distress, injustice and healthcare policy every day. Our Senator ranks number one in legislative seniority, but Kentucky is 45th in the nation for high school graduates, 47th in the nation for the number of bachelor’s degree-holders, leads in opioid and cancer deaths, and it is home to over 30 sites where drinking water has tested positive for PFAS and PFOA cancer-causing toxins. Kentucky is also home to corporate pollution leftover from coal extraction methods that have toxified our environment. Kentuckians need to feel heard and understood, but 58% of registered voters do not vote. Mitch is not advocating for election security, universal healthcare, free college education, net neutrality, raising the minimum wage nor acting on the environmental crises here at home. Kentucky deserves a fighter that will bring the people’s many issues to the forefront and seek to address them in democratic fashion. Senator McConnell’s cynical viewpoint is not helping everyday people, but I hope to bring innovation, optimism and empathy to Washington.

Charles Booker

Political party: Democrat

Campaign website: http://www.bookerforkentucky.com

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Question 1:

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

My vision is a Kentucky where people from every corner of the Commonwealth; no matter who you are, where you come from, who you love, how much money you have in your pocket, what you believe, what pronouns you use, whether you are walking or in a wheelchair; that you know that your lives matters. It is a vision where everyone is heard and accounted for and is represented by a government that elevates your voice over corrupted interests. This campaign is about building a movement where Kentuckians are encouraged to stand, lock arms and lead for the changes we deserve.

By taking this stand not only will we beat Mitch McConnell, but we will win our future. We will no longer die because we choose to feed our families over buying necessary life saving medicine. As U.S. Senator I will lead by creating a process for transparent and authentic engagement to ensure the voices of Kentuckians are the priority. As a result of our leadership in Washington we will stand to end generational poverty, address structural racism and inequity, and build pathways of opportunities for all the people of Kentucky.

Mike Broihier

Political party: Democrat

Campaign website: https://mikeforky.com

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Question 1:

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

My vision is one where the nation acknowledges its centuries-old extractive relationship with Kentucky where first timber, then coal, were stripped out of the state and the residents were abandoned with ill-health, pollution, crumbling infrastructure and poverty. My vision includes a federal plan that addresses the wrongs done, not just to Kentucky, but all of Appalachia’s coal producing states, were the entire region’s infrastructure (roads, waterways, bridges, schools, hospitals) are rebuilt or improved in a comprehensive manner where the work is done by union workers or workers getting paid the prevailing wage. Instead of working underground, retrained workers would work in the solar and wind powered energy field on the grounds of reclaimed coal mines. In my vision of Kentucky, we are a commonwealth where our education system, infrastructure and skilled workers instead of tax breaks are a lure for businesses.

Eric Rothmuller

Political party: Democrat

Campaign website: https://ericrothmuller.com

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Question 1:

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

My campaign isn't just about Kentucky, the vast majority of Americans are struggling. America is the wealthiest country in the world but we're also world leaders in income and wealth inequality. Over 500,000 Americans are homeless every night, nearly half of all workers make less than $30k a year, credit card debt is over $1 trillion, student loan debt is over $1.5 trillion, and while productivity and corporate profits are at record highs, most Americans still live paycheck to paycheck.

It's not just income and wealth inequality either, it's political inequality. The Supreme Court's decisions on Buckley v. Valeo (1976) and Citizens United (2010) have allowed big money to flow into the political process which has led to the literal buying of elections and a government that doesn't reflect the will of the people. Research clearly shows that today in America the bottom 90% of income earners have virtually zero impact on legislation passed.

All of my policy positions are aimed at reversing our current trajectory, restoring democracy, and transforming our system into one that works for all Americans. As one of the poorer and more disenfranchised states in the union, Kentucky will be positively affected more than others.

Jimmy Ausbrooks

Political party: Democrat

Campaign website: https://jausbrooks.wixsite.com/mysite

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Question 1:

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

Provide equal opportunity for education and training to meet the needs of this expanding transition from fossil fuels and insure miners of employment and wages.

I would like to see true representation by our leadership, expanding equality, human rights, and social justice across the Common Wealth. We will secure living wages for our hardworking families and every single Kentuckian.

I want healthcare coverage with affordable prescriptions so Kentucky families do not have to worry about putting food on the table or buying insulin. I want to see lives saved by responsible and affordable healthcare. I want to mandate changes for pharmaceutical companies. They no longer should be allowed to continue putting profits over the lives of Kentucky families.

I see our family farms being supported and provided opportunities for growth and sustainability. Securing high yields and unprecedented prices by protecting farmers in Trade Deals that benefit our farmers and their families. Generation family farms that are working hard and doing the right thing should never face bankruptcy because of failed leadership in Washington, D.C.

I will see Kentucky recognized as a progressive and profitable state when I am elected to the United States Senate. I will bring Kentucky into the 21st Century by providing and engaging in opportunities for Kentucky to be the leader in Green/Renewable Energy. Kentucky will have living wages that will restore integrity and pride and not continued poverty. Every man, women and child will opportunity for a free education and training,they will no longer fear for the lives of their children from gun violence, women will have the right to govern their own body and reproductive choices, the LGBTQ community will have equal protection under the law, we will have an action plan to address climate change so Kentucky's children have a future, and so much more. I do not see any limit of what Kentucky can become with cooperation, new leadership, and opportunity.

Amy McGrath

Political party: Democrat

Campaign website: http://www.amymcgrath.com

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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’m running because like most Kentuckians, I’ve had enough of the D.C. establishment and the dysfunction where nothing gets done. If we keep the same people in power, nothing will change. Mitch McConnell is everything that is wrong with Washington. Kentucky needs a new generation of leaders, specifically someone who has worked in the 21st century global economy and world. I am running for Kentucky’s future, for my kids’ future. Working Kentucky families demand and deserve respect, and I will work to ensure their voices and concerns are heard in D.C. Let’s just take one example, many Kentuckians have to decide whether they can pay the rent or pay for their prescription medication each month. I’ll be a senator who will not be bought off by Big Pharma and will actually fight to get these prices down. We need to put country over party and take on the special interests running Washington.

John R. Sharpensteen

Political party: Democrat

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.