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Kentucky House District 69

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    Adam Koenig
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    Col Owens
    (Dem)

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Campaign Phone (859) 653-5312
Age 48
City/town Erlanger
Education/Degrees B.A. Political Science, Miami University
Community Involvement Member, Salvation Army of Covington Lector, St. Joseph Church, Crescent Springs.
Endorsements Many pro-business organizations, Kentucky Right to Life, NRA
Campaign Message Keep Kentucky growing
Northern Kentucky is a great place to live and do business. However, Kentucky faces many challenges, one of the worst funded pension systems in America, too many regulations and money being sent from areas that produce it to those that do not. Since the Republicans have taken over the House of Representatives, we have taken many steps forward in making Kentucky a better place to do business. This is reflected in record low unemployment, tremendous wage growth and high tax revenue. We need to continue these pro-growth policies, such as right to work, and grow our way out of these financial problems.
In my 12 years in Frankfort, I have had success in getting things done, no matter who has been in charge of the House. These past 2 years, I was able to pass a comprehensive workers Compensation reform, saving all employers on average 10.8% while making common sense changes and even increasing some benefits. Proud to have written and carried the bill to repeal the prevailing wage law, which artificially increased the cost of taxpayer funded projects. This repeal will save governments across Kentucky hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money every year. I have also passed bills to modernize our alcohol laws and eliminate unnecessary regulations. My opponent is a fine person, but he believes that you should pay more in taxes, opposes innovation in education and would repeal pro-business changes that have resulted in the great economic growth Kentucky has experienced. We need to keep Kentucky moving forward.
In my 12 years in Frankfort, the only areas of the budget that have not been cut have been K-12 education, pension payments and incarceration costs. We need to grow our economy so we can fix our $43 billion unfunded pension liability, re-invest in education, social workers, state police, economic development and other services.
We are moving toward a tax reform policy that taxes consumption, rather than income. That has worked very well in states like Tennessee, Texas and Florida. We want to bring that type of success to Kentucky. This reform package will result in continued economic growth and success in Kentucky.
Campaign Phone (513) 300-3042
Age 72
City/town Fort Mitchell
Education/Degrees Dixie Heights High School - Diploma 1965; Harvard College - BA Cum Laude 1969; Harvard Divinity School - 1969-71; Boston University School of Law - JD 1977.
Community Involvement Convener/Chair, Board of Fellows, Women’s Network Commonwealth Institute for Policy Studies and Civic Engagement, 2012-16. Board of Directors, Kentucky Voices for Health, 2011-present. Public Policy Committee, United Way of Northern Kentucky, 1985-present. Board of Education, Covington Independent Public Schools, 1993-2008, Chair several times. Board of Directors, Covington Education Foundation, 1997-2015. Kentucky Democratic Party, State Central Executive Committee, 2013-present. Chair, Kenton County Democratic Executive Committee, 2009-2017; member, 2004-present. Board of Directors, Kentucky School Boards Association, 1998–2004. School Board Members Advisory Committee to Kentucky Commissioner of Education, 1996–99, Chair, 1997-98. Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, member, 1996-2010, Life Member, 2010-present. Board of Commissioners, Covington Housing Authority, 1986-96. Assistant Minister, Madison Avenue Christian Church, Youth & Community Service,1972-74. Gov. John Kasich’s Advisory Council on Health Care Payment Innovation, member, 2012-15. Co-chair, Advocates for Ohio’s Future, statewide health and human services advocacy coalition. Co-Chair, Ohio Consumers for Health Coverage, statewide health care advocacy coalition. Steering Committee, One Ohio Now, statewide revenue coalition. Gov. Ted Strickland’s State Coverage Initiative health care reform team, member, 2006-2010. Chair, Strickland Payment Reform Task Force, Health Care Quality and Coverage Council. Board of Trustees, Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati (Interact for Health), Chair 2008-10. Board of Directors, Universal Health Care Action Network (UHCAN) of Ohio, 2005-17. Public Policy Committee, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, 1989-present. Founding member, Hamilton County Human Services Planning Committee, 1996-2015.
Endorsements ENDORSEMENTS -- 10/10/2018 *Kentucky State AFL-CIO *Kentucky State Building and Construction Trades Council United Steelworkers District 8 *Kentucky State UAW Community Action Program Council *International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 212 *Kentucky Educators Political Action Committee *General Drivers, Warehousemen & Helpers Local Union No. 89 *Communications Workers of America Local 3310 *Ironworkers Union Local #44 *Boilermakers Iron Ship Builders Blacksmiths Forgers & Helpers Local Lodge 40 *United Food and Commercial Workers Local 227 *The Women’s Network Political Action Committee *Kentuckians for the Commonwealth *Kentucky State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police *United Mine Workers of America *Kentucky Workers’ Association
Campaign Message Government provides essential services that improve our lives. I believe that education, health care, and stable employment are among the most important. I will work to secure those for all Kentuckians.
I spent my professional and personal careers working to improve the lives of others. Now I want to continue to serve, as State Representative for House District 69.
I grew up in Kenton County. I graduated from Dixie Heights High School, Harvard College, and Boston University School of Law. I have been a minister, lawyer, policy advocate, law professor, and school board member. All these experiences have prepared me for this work. Government services improve our lives. Education, health care, and employment are among the most important. As a Legal Aid Attorney, I advocated for the working poor. I served on the Board of Education for Covington Independent Public Schools. I taught at UC College of Law and now teach at NKU Chase College of Law. I served on health care committees for Governors Ted Strickland and John Kasich. I now serve on the Board of Directors of Kentucky Voices for Health. I will put this experience to work for the 69th House District and for all Kentuckians.
I would cut services that constitute wasteful spending. I will review the budget carefully to identify such services and prioritize them accordingly.
We need to modernize our tax structure in order to fairly raise necessary revenue to fund essential services. Many of these services are currently underfunded, especially education. We need to revise the income tax to take account of taxpayers' ability to pay. We also need to eliminate tax abatements and exemptions that currently serve no useful public purpose.
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