Gary Stratton, candidate for State Representative for the 57th House District, was featured in The State Journal’s Voter Guide, highlighting various candidates as they seek election to offices in Frankfort and Franklin County.
The campaign would like to highlight his responses here, in case you don’t take the State Journal or haven’t been able to view it just yet.
Name: Gary Reed Stratton
Education: Gary is a professor of economics and finance, with a Ph.D. in economics and finance from Clemson University. He has a Master’s of Science Degree in economics from Murray State University. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Kentucky.
What Sets you apart from your opponents?
I am currently an educator with a Ph.D in economics and finance. I am an associate professor at KSU (Kentucky State University) and the chair of the KSU School of Business where I am still heavily involved in education, teaching our young adults at KSU and our Frankfort High School seniors financial literacy. I also teach a financial class for veterans who are transitioning out of the military. I am also an entrepreneur and innovative person who brings the private sector together with the public sector to solve problems. I look beyond just the “government” solution; I can “think outside the box” to bring many identities together to solve issues. I believe that myself being of the same party as the majority party in Kentucky’s House of Representatives will allow me to be a much stronger advocate and supporter of Frankfort and Franklin County than that of my opponent.
If Elected, What is Something You’d Like to Change and Why?
While there are many things that I want to accomplish in the House of Representatives, they all revolve around the advancement of Frankfort and Franklin County. One will be using my super majority party power to assist in getting additional state funds for Frankfort and Franklin County in order to replace property tax funds that are lost from state property. Another will be working to increase collaboration with the state, city, and county for various projects such as business recruitment, tourism, and infrastructure such as a conference center. The last one mentioned here, enhance the financial literacy requirement for high school seniors, as well as increase financial literacy training for all ages in our commonwealth.