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Kentucky State Representative District 45

QUALIFICATIONSA representative must be at least 24 years old, a citizen of Kentucky, and must have lived in the state for at least two years and in the district for at least one year prior to election.TERMRepresentatives are elected for two-year terms, with the entire House elected every two years. There is no term limit.DUTIESResponsibilities of the Kentucky House of Representatives include passing bills on public policy matters, setting levels for state spending, raising and lowering taxes, redistricting in collaboration with the senate, and voting to uphold or override gubernatorial vetoes. The House as the exclusive authority to impeach state officials who are then tried by the senate. NOTESThere are 100 seats in the House of Representatives. The Senate and House comprise the legislative branch of the Kentucky state government and works alongside the executive branch (governor) to create laws and establish a state budget. Sources: https://legislature.ky.gov/Legislators/Pages/default.aspx; www.runforoffice.org.

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    Shirley Flynn Mitchell
    (Dem)

  • Killian Timoney
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What makes you the most qualified candidate to represent the people in your district in the Kentucky House of Representatives?

What do you see as the most important issue facing your district and how do you plan to address it?

What measures do you support to improve voting access, education, and security in Kentucky?

The state is projecting dramatic budget shortfalls due to the impact of COVID 19 on the economy. What would be your approach to these expected shortfalls in terms of additional sources of funding and/or cuts to programs and services?

The COVID 19 pandemic has shown again the need for changes in our health care system. What measures do you support to ensure affordable, accessible health care for the people of Kentucky?

In recent months, the Black Lives Matter movement has led the way in heightening awareness of systemic racism in our nation. What is the responsibility of state government to address institutional racism and what actions should it take?

I am a proud product of KY public education, including UK where I earned my bachelor’s & master's degrees in mechanical engineering. I recognize that my story of rising from a low-income family through hard work is slipping out of reach for many Kentuckians. My breadth of experiences & trail-blazing mindset will catapult Kentucky forward and bring opportunity for the American dream.

As a veteran in the US Navy Civil Engineer Corps, I know how important it is to have access to relief & services in times of crisis. In Guam, I was in charge of natural disaster preparedness & recovery, including US Naval Hospital. With the United Nations Joint Force for humanitarian assistance in Haiti, I built schools & water wells.

After moving to the business sector, I am an innovative, global business leader in tech at the two largest corporations in Lexington.

As a mother & women's ministry leader, I'll be a fighter for women's health, equal pay, and support for single parent homes.
We must strengthen public education. Every child regardless of income, social status, ethnicity, & learning styles should have equal access to quality, public education in every county. It’s crucial that KY turn the tide from lagging the nation to leading the nation. We must invest in our children & teachers to ensure our state’s workforce is competitive & prepared for the jobs of the future. I stand for kindergarten readiness (Universal PreK & Full day kindergarten), building a strong cradle-to-career pipeline through integrated school supports, boosting STEM Education, expanding magnet programs, & equipping English Language Learners.

We must rebuild a resilient economy after COVID-19. As we evolve, I will work to ensure that the talented minds of Kentuckians have the opportunity to shape the future. Access to affordable, high-quality, postsecondary educational opportunities is a must for Kentucky to meet its economic & workforce potential.
I believe two key principles:

1) Voting is both a right and a responsibility. 2) Democracy works when everyone has a voice.

In order to address the numerous changes that have occurred over time - including different workday hours, more sophisticated methods to collecting votes, and more non-English speaking citizens - we need to modernize the state election laws to match our citizens and make it more accessible so everyone who is eligible can vote.

This includes early voting, mail-in ballots, same-day voter registration, extended hours, and multiple language ballots. We need to ensure that we do not silence voices without solving the real problem of preventing any potential voter fraud. We must remove the barriers that make it difficult for people to vote in order to improve voter turnout. IT Tech implemented well achieves proper security.

Our right to vote was hard-won. We should continue to find ways to make sure every eligible voter can vote
We must implement new revenue streams. I support additional revenue through the cigarette tax, vaping tax, and sports gaming. I also believe we need to implement a strategy for attracting talent and stopping the brain drain (this is where our talented people are leaving to go to other states.)

We need to change our mindset from short-sighted ideas to building a true, long-lasting strategy for economic growth which means focusing on the industries that are our strengths and making a concerted effort to be a leader in the emerging industries. We need to take our finite resources (talented people, budget, land) and evaluate how our strengths fit into how our world will shift over the next decade with the disruption of emerging technologies (AI, IoT, etc.) and COVID-19 innovations. Our universities are our pathway to economic engines as we retain our people in state & create jobs from their ideas.
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