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    John Whipple
    (Ind)

Biographical Information

What are the most important challenges facing our state and how do you propose to address them?

What will you do to support an equitable and vibrant economy in our state?

What reforms will you pursue to address social and racial inequality in our state?

What will you do over the long term to ensure healthcare access for all?

What measures do you support to improve and secure elections and voting in our state?

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Campaign Phone (270) 945-7747
Campaign Email john@whipple.run
Campaign Instagram http://johnwhipple_run
I believe that Kentucky’s greatest challenge at this time is our reaction to the Covid Pandemic and the effect that it will have on our budget. Our budget is already upside down and regressive, we cannot use Covid as an excuse to damage it further. When the legislature meets in January we will need to be ready to write a budget that will meet our needs and carry us through the Covid crisis.
Everyone in the General Assembly agrees that we desperately need tax reform. They have been saying this for years. And yet nothing has been done. As an Independent candidate I hope to be able to work outside the party system to get things rolling. I am interested in hearing all sides and proposals as long as they are for the benefit of the people of Kentucky.
There are many requirements for writing legislation in Kentucky, such as requiring actuarial analysis. Nowhere does it require that racial and social equality be considered and taken into account when writing a bill. We must take into consideration the impact our laws have on our at-risk populations before we pass them.
A strong state health care policy, with 100% access would strengthen and expand our economy. We need a policy which creates partnerships with the federal government, local governments and health care providers that ensures that no Kentuckian falls through the cracks.

As far as Covid and other emergencies we need to do a better job of being able to react on our own. We have seen that the Federal government can be slow to react. We cannot risks peoples lives waiting for the Federal government response.
Our first step is to ensure that Kentucky voting law remains independent and reflects the best interests of the people of Kentucky. Election law must ALWAYS support voting rights.

I am concerned that the real interference in our elections does not take place at the polls or the county clerks office. The greatest threat to our elections takes place in the weeks and months before the election, in social media. Every single member of our government must put aside party, at least temporarily, in order to build faith and confidence in our democracy.