It all started when…
I was in the voting booth in Burlington, Kentucky. The ballot showed that the incumbent State Representative for the 66th District was running unopposed. And then a couple of years later I noticed the same thing. And that went on for seven straight general elections over 14 years. The Republican incumbent ran unopposed and got 100% of the vote, seven times. That's not what a ballot in a representative-democracy should look like. That may be what ballots looked like in Cuba or the USSR or some third world dictatorship but not here in the United States of America. So, I decided to fix that situation. I could fix it simply by putting another name on the ballot, mine. Turns out that is not an easy thing to do because of the election laws passed by the Kentucky State Legislature to keep third parties off of the ballots.
But when Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate for President in 2016, got more than 2% of the vote in Kentucky things changed. The Libertarian Party of Kentucky got ballot access, which means it could place candidates on general election ballots in 2018 and 2020 without going through the onerous, expensive and time-consuming ordeal of gathering thousands of voter signatures on ballot petitions.
I have never been a politician and I didn't plan to become one. I am the oldest of eight children. My parents highly valued education and we all got as much as we wanted. I worked during college at WLWT in Cincinnati. I moved through the ranks and became the producer of news programs. My employment was interrupted when in 1971 Uncle Sam made me an offer I couldn't refuse. I was drafted into the Army where I served as motion-picture photographer in Central and South America. Yes, I am a veteran. I got out of the service and went back to WLWT in the news department. I got a great opportunity to work with The Procter & Gamble Company. They paid for me to go back to school to get my Masters Degree in Business Administration. After 19 years with them I went to Broadwing Inc., the parent company of Cincinnati Bell, as Director of Communications. From there it was up to Abbott Laboratories in Waukegan, Illinois. And then we chose to live in Kentucky, while I worked for the Department of the Treasury in the Internal Revenue Service.
Now I am retired. So, I have the time and the $200 entry fee to put my name on the ballot to make sure voters have a choice on November 6, 2018 when they will vote for the Kentucky State Representative of the 66th District.