Hello, I’m Gary Stratton and I’m running to be your state representative for Franklin County.
Frankfort and Franklin County is known for the diverse population of professionals in the state government sector. In fact, it’s what has made Frankfort and Franklin county a great place to live and work ever since Frankfort was declared the state capitol of Kentucky. For decades state workers have enjoyed the benefits of stable income and even security in retirement. These benefits have led to a multiplier effect in our community with a vibrant economy, attractions, and standard of living.
When times have been good for the economy there has been less need to oversee and ensure that our state workers are cared for and pensions have been fully funded. But now, when our economy has been less predictable, it’s important more than ever to have a voice in Frankfort who is in a position to be a fighter for the state worker.
I pledge as the state representative for all state workers in the 57th District and across the Commonwealth of Kentucky that I will always fight for and vote to fully fund the pensions and continue funding in excess of yearly mandated amounts in order to bring Kentucky’s pension systems to fully funded amounts. Unlike my opponent who has witnessed and participated in the almost depleted pension systems over the last 18 years, I would never vote in favor of a budget that does not fully fund the pensions.
Thankfully the Republicans, with Governor Bevin at the helm, brought back the pension systems from close to insolvency to systems that are moving toward sustainability. However, there is much work still to accomplish and many more years of solid funding before these systems are fully funded. I am prepared to make the tough decisions and vote to protect the yearly pension expense from any budget cut, because this is a promise that the Commonwealth of Kentucky has made to each state worker and public school teacher.
The political landscape has changed recently. The Republican party is now in full control of the House of Representatives with sixty two seats and the State Senate with a supermajority of twenty nine seats, perhaps it’s time to rethink your representation so that you have a person who will be in a better position to fight for your interests, which means getting legislation passed through the House and the Senate
I’m Gary Stratton and I’m running for state representative for Franklin County. In this election, I ask for your vote and to let me serve you as your next representative in the Kentucky House.
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