Issues

Employment

Employment

Employment is a major issue in our district. We’ve lost Sitel and LSC Communications and others, so we are looking at close to 1,000 of our neighbors losing jobs. And many of the jobs we do have don’t pay a livable wage, so people are needing to work two or more jobs just to make ends meet. Add to that the fact that we can’t fill the jobs we have now and you can soon see there is no easy fix. And we also need to end the Republican war on unions and organized labor.
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Education

Education

Public education is the backbone to our society. In it lies the answer to many of our other issues: unemployment, the opioid and meth crisis, homelessness, poverty, inequality, and the very future of our commonwealth. We need to stop abandoning our public education system and our teachers and not send our tax dollar to pay for Charter Schools. We need to spend more on our public classrooms and not throw tax dollars on a system designed to make someone a profit. We need to put pupils before profits.
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Healthcare

Healthcare

Healthcare is a right. Period. Medical costs are too high. Insurance costs are too high. Too many Republicans are putting Big Pharma and Big Insurance in front of YOUR health. When people are having to choose between food, rent, and insulin, there is something terribly wrong with our nation, commonwealth, and district. We need to do better for our citizens and start putting people before profits. And we need to seriously take on the opiod and meth crisis in our district.
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Equality

Equality

The gap between the middle class and the rich keeps getting wider and wider. Trickle down economics has been a lie since day one and has never worked. We still battle racism and sexism in our communities. Gender identity and sexuality are under attack by the right. Women are still being told what they can and cannot do with their own bodies. Women still make less than men for the same job. Bullying is still a scourge in our schools. We must do all we can to end the “us” and “them” mentality.
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About Steve…

Learn about his concern and values.

I was born and raised in Ankeny, IA. My father worked as a service technician for the local power company and my mother was a registered nurse. Our family has always been a strong supporter of organized labor, with my father being a member of the IBEW for over 40 years and my brother being a member of AFSCME for over 25 years. I attended Iowa State University where I received a BA in Speech Communication. At that point in my life, I left Iowa to pursue the next step in my education and have lived in either Tennessee or Kentucky since then. I attended The University of Memphis (back when it was still called Memphis State University) where I received my MFA in Theatrical Design & Technology.

When I moved to Glasgow, I was still a tenured Associate Professor teaching at Middle Tennessee State University, where I taught for nearly 12 years. I then had the opportunity of becoming the President / CEO of the Capitol Arts Theatre in Bowling Green. After that, I had the opportunity to serve as the Executive Director of the Plaza Theatre for its first six years of operation, here in Glasgow. I then moved to SKyPAC in Bowling Green where I served as the Ticket Office Manager for over a year. Next, I moved on to a position with Morgan Smith Industries as a Designer, and I now work for CASA of South Central KY supporting abused and neglected children in our community.

My parents instilled in me a strong work ethic and a sense of what is right and what is wrong. They weren’t big into politics as I was growing up. They were big into making my brother and myself into hard-working, educated, well-rounded compassionate, and decent men. I think they succeeded.

So why have I decided to run for office? That’s a good question. I never saw myself as a “politician”. And I still don’t see myself as one. I like to think that instead, I am truly a “Representative” of my district. And I have absolutely no desire to become a “career politician”. In fact, I would vote in a heartbeat for term limits at all levels of government. I can’t imagine serving as Representative more than a couple terms – but I guess I would serve as long as I saw a need and as long as my district wanted me to serve.

But ever since the Republicans achieved a super-majority in our legislature, I have watched them trample on the rights and livelihoods of the middle class, the poor, workers, teachers, public servants, and women. Locking citizens out of OUR Capitol building. Attacking public education for the benefit of for-profit schools. Writing legislation behind closed doors with only Republicans being allowed to participate. Jamming through pension reform illegally in a “Sewage Bill” while giving the full legislature only hours to look over hundreds of pages of text. Offering sweet deals to buddies in return for real estate deals and paying exorbitant salaries to other friends. Supporting a Governor that continually insulted his constituency, failed to share his tax returns, and believed he needn’t explain any of his actions to the public. All met with resounding silence from the Republican legislators when these actions should have been met with universal condemnation.

It’s time for this attack on the Citizens of Kentucky to end. We can only do that by replacing those who represent that top 1% with those of us who represent the entirety of KY – and in this case District 23. We need to seriously tackle the issues that affect the middle class – healthcare, employment, education, and equality. As long as Republicans control the legislature, we can look at the attack on the backbone of our commonwealth, the middle class, to continue.

Please join me in restoring Kentucky to all of its citizens.

My family.
My dog, Rueben.
Helping Dad get ready for my brother’s wedding.

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3 weeks ago

Steve Jones for KY

Spent about 3 1/2 hours picking up trash along Trojan Trail and Scottie Drive this AM with Raina Rodriguez Payne, Jesse Payne, and Joe Trigg - three incredible fellow Barren County Democrats. These two streets were adopted for community trash pickup by the Barren County Democratic Party several years ago.

So what community service has a Republican done for our community lately?
#SteveJonesforKY
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Spent about 3 1/2 hours picking up trash along Trojan Trail and Scottie Drive this AM with Raina Rodriguez Payne, Jesse Payne, and Joe Trigg - three incredible fellow Barren County Democrats. These two streets were adopted for community trash pickup by the Barren County Democratic Party several years ago.

So what community service has a Republican done for our community lately?
#stevejonesforky
Truth.
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1 month ago

Steve Jones for KY

Here's what a real State Representative looks like. We haven't heard a word out of Steve Riley on masks, vaccinations, or COVID-19. Let alone anything on the validity of the election (The Big Lie), Critical Race Theory, and more - and all of the other fear mongering and hatred his party is espousing. Hell - I haven't seen any type of statement of any significance from him to his electorate since re-elected.

District 23 and the Commonwealth deserve better. Let this be the last term for Steve Riley.

#SteveJonesforKY

www.facebook.com/PattiMinterForKy/posts/796758880916950Hypocrisy is nothing new in politics. But this latest round is truly on another level.

For over a year now, I have heard from my Republican colleagues about how Kentucky's COVID-19 response has hurt the economy, schools, etc.

I have heard that our workforce faces shortages and that many businesses are struggling to hire.

I have heard that distance learning has been a failure and that students must be back in their classrooms at all costs.

And here's the thing — I don't disagree with the basic notion that this pandemic and the public health measures that were necessary to reduce loss of life haven't been easy on our economy. I hear that from small business owners I talk with all the time.

I also don't disagree with the basic notion that most students learn best in-person. As an educator who spent this past academic year on Zoom, I know that to be true.

And like everyone else, I feel exhausted.

But businesses cannot fill labor shortages when thousands of parents are entering quarantine or the hospital by the day or staying home to care for quarantined or sick kids (as the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce noted yesterday).

Schools cannot operate in-person when kids who test positive send classmates and teachers they've been in contact with into quarantine, which has already begun in my county just days into this semester.

In the midst of a pandemic that is filling our ICU wards to the brink with people of all ages, you cannot have it both ways. You cannot say you support getting people back to work and oppose masking in schools. You cannot say you support keeping schools open and oppose masking in schools.

When you hear politicians complain about this latest mask requirement, look carefully at their statement to see what their alternative solution is to keep schools open, keep people in their jobs, and reduce the overall number of people who will get very sick or die.

They do not have one.

And while you're at it, check how often they've encouraged their constituents to get vaccinated as their counties, like mine, report alarming, in-the-red infection and hospitalization rates.

Public health experts have been clear: increasing our vaccination rate as soon as possible is the most certain and immediate way to reduce COVID's spread, prevent severe symptoms, limit new variants, and achieve any semblance of a permanent normal. There is no excuse for silence from elected officials, especially when rampant anti-vax misinformation is literally killing our constituents.

Many years from now, the historians that come long after me will look back and try to understand why our response to a pandemic became so partisan, politicized, and rooted in denial of facts, aided and abetted by people who know better.

This is not a reason to lose hope — many, many people are quietly doing the right thing every day. But it is a reason to hold your elected officials accountable for what they'll be able to say they did or didn't do when the eyes of future generations are on them.
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Heres what a real State Representative looks like.  We havent heard a word out of Steve Riley on masks, vaccinations, or COVID-19.  Let alone anything on the validity of the election (The Big Lie), Critical Race Theory, and more -  and all of the other fear mongering and hatred his party is espousing.  Hell - I havent seen any type of statement of any significance from him to his electorate since re-elected.

District 23 and the Commonwealth deserve better.  Let this be the last term for Steve Riley.

#SteveJonesforKY

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5,401 new Kentucky COVID-19 cases Thursday. One-third of those are in children.
https://www.kentucky.com/news/coronavirus/article253772148.html

I encourage everyone to read this.
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Supporting unions EVERYWHERE is vital for workers to maintain livable wages, quality benefits, & safe working conditions. "Right to Work" laws are an attack on labor & the middle class. "Trickle Down Economics" doesn't work. Never has.
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