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Kentucky House of Representatives, District 5

Staff report

Kenny Imes (R)

1. Tell us about you (including but not limited to personal, educational, and professional information):

I am a lifelong resident of Calloway County.

I am married to my childhood sweetheart, Mary Beth, and we have three grown children, seven grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. I attended Almo school, graduated from Calloway Co. High School and attended Murray State University. I am a fifth generation licensed funeral director and embalmer.

I own and operate funeral home businesses that my family began over 170 years ago, along with operating our family farm.

Politically, I served four terms in the Kentucky House from 1972-1980 with two of those terms as chairman of the House State Government committee (2013 to present). I also serve as vice chair and ranking minority member of the State Government committee along with serving on the Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection committee. I have also served the public as a division director with the Ky. Dept. of Agriculture; commissioner, deputy secretary and acting secretary of the Cabinet for Natural Resources & Environmental Protection.

I have also served as a Calloway County magistrate and am on the board of Murray-Calloway Co. Economic Development Corp. I am a fourth generation Rotarian and, as a Christian, am a member of Hardin Baptist Church.

2. What makes you the best qualified candidate?

My years of public service in both my lifelong profession and the political world have given me a unique experience and ability to serve the public with an overlying history of service to others above self.

My record speaks for itself as I have served with integrity, commitment, experience and common sense, not only in my legislative district but all of Western Kentucky and the entire Commonwealth.

3. What issue will be your first priority if you are elected?

To provide for permanent solutions to our pension systems which are now the worst in the entire nation and to provide total transparency especially there as well as in all areas of state government.

4. What long-term issues concern you the most?

In addition to my response above, I would add the concerns of a total overhaul of our tax code (that would be revenue neutral), as well as a full review of all of our current state regulations (130,000 plus) sun-setting all regulations every seven years (my bill-BR112 all ready pre-filed) cutting an enormous amount of red tape and bureaucratic overreach both to individuals and business owners.

Additionally, funding more educational dollars to our K-12 educational programs as well as our state universities and community colleges, that we will have a work-ready workforce for any job need in the future so that our children and the generations to follow will have the skills and necessary preparation ready to find jobs or start their own business right here is Western Kentucky.

Construction of U.S. 641 South from Murray to the Tennessee state line along with completion of the Lake Barkley bridge and U.S. 68/Ky. 80 four-lane, that will fully and finally open all of Purchase Area to a host of new manufacturing and industrial opportunities.

David Ramey (D)

1. Tell us about you (including but not limited to personal, educational, and professional information):

I have owned an insurance agency since 1999. Previously, I worked as a newspaper reporter and in athletic administration at Murray State. I attended Murray State University and have lived in Murray most of my adult life.

My wife, Camela, works as the academic budget coordinator at Murray State and we have two children, John and Lily, who both graduated from Murray High School and attend Murray State University.

I am serving my third term as Calloway County Democratic chair and have also served on the Murray Planning Commission and the Murray City Council. I have also been active in service clubs, as a youth sports coach and active in church activities, including serving as a deacon and Sunday School teacher. We currently attend The Journey Church in Murray.

2. What makes you the best qualified candidate?

My experience as a journalist and as a small business owner in our community over the last 30 years and my contacts in Frankfort make me the best candidate to represent the 5th District.

As a reporter and community leader in public service over the last 12 years, I have gotten a keen understanding of what it really takes to bring our community together and have the skills and background to articulate that in Frankfort. I can work across the aisle and in both chambers to advance the agenda of the district. We need a strong leader.

3. What issue will be your first priority if you are elected?

The 5th District needs a strong leader who will fight to protect Murray State University against Matt Bevin's attacks on higher education and public education in general. Murray State is the district top employer and needs an advocate in the General Assembly. I

am endorsed by the Kentucky Education Association, and have consistently opposed Gov. Bevin's budget cuts to Murray State University. I am also committed to completing U.S. 641 from Murray to the Tennessee state line by leading the fight for serious construction monies being committed to the project.

4. What long-term issues concern you the most?

We continue to struggle in Kentucky with working men and women finding a way to keep up in a global economy. Kentucky families are falling farther and farther behind. We need to invest in education - not cut back. We need to increase the minimum wage to give those at the bottom a real chance to move forward. We also need to address our long-term pension and tax reform problems. We can do those things with a growing economy.

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