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  • Chris McDaniel
    (Rep)

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    Ryan Olexia
    (Dem)

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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 (859) 380-7795
Campaign Email ryanforky23@gmail.com
We are in a global pandemic that has cratered our commonwealth’s economy and made it all the more clear how important access to quality, affordable health care is for our families. It’s going to take all of us working together to help our commonwealth come back stronger than ever. Instead what we’ve seen far too much of in Frankfort is partisan games and political points scoring. Now more than ever, we need to be focused on: 1) improving our public schools and providing our educators with the resources they need to help our children succeed 2) driving down the cost of health care, lowering the cost of prescription drugs and protecting coverage for pre-existing conditions 3) rebuilding our economy in a way that ensures our working families a
As we rebuild our economy, we need to make sure that we’re including everyone in our recovery. I run a small veterinary practice. I know what it takes to meet a payroll. I also value hard work and believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to get ahead. We should be investing in our public schools and higher education to make sure that all of our students get the skills they need to get a good job; employers want to be where there is a skilled workforce. We should be supporting our local businesses instead of continuing to give massive taxpayer giveaways to out-of-state corporations. That’s not the best use of our resources to build a flourishing economy.
I support peaceful protests that highlight the very real racial injustices that still exist. We can start to address this by ending no knock warrants and chokeholds, ensuring that there is racial bias training for law enforcement and making it easier for everyone to vote. We have an obligation to make sure we are funding public education and health care—and providing access to economic opportunity in a way that lifts up every community, regardless of zipcode, socioeconomic status or race/ethnicity.
Health care is a basic human right and far too many Kentuckians lack access to quality affordable care. We should be driving down costs, improving access and lowering the costs of prescription drugs. I support fully funding expanded Medicaid and funding KCHIP so that all of Kentucky’s children have health care coverage.
Governor Andy Beshear and Secretary of State Michael Adams have done an outstanding job making voting safe and accessible during the current crisis. It’s the kind of bipartisan leadership that we need a lot more of. We should continue to make it easier to vote in Kentucky. That means extending voting hours past 6pm on Election Day and allowing no-excuse early voting. I also support Governor Beshear’s executive order to restore voting rights to nonviolent felons.