A sketch of the state, Kentucky.

It’s time to vote, Kentucky! Time to learn about the sustainable candidates on your ticket this year. To learn more about Sustainable Politician Project read our full intro here.

Voting in Kentucky

Your state has a dynamic economy, but agriculture and energy are the cornerstones. Curating sustainable energy jobs will ensure that your children have a future and that your agriculture-based economy stays viable. Your primary is on May 22, 2018, so here we go.

First off, you have a closed primary, so make sure that you’re registered with your party when primaries roll around. Whoever receives the largest amount of votes for the party is the candidate who will run in the general election.

All the things on the ballot: U.S. House, State Senate, State House, Special state legislative, State Supreme Court, intermediate appellate courts, local judges, school boards, municipal government and ballot measures. No U.S. Senate this time!

U.S. House of Representatives

District 1

District 1, since you only have 3 candidates, you’re limited in your options. Your incumbent believes in building the Keystone XL pipeline and continuing our reliance on fossil fuels. The other two candidates do not have much to say on the subject. For this district, we suggest researching other issues that are important to you and voting according to your conscious.

District 2

Your options are pretty good, District 2, but your current representative is no friend of our planet.

Our pick: Rane Sessions
  • Democrat
  • Veterinary Assistant & Ex-PreK Teacher
  • Summary: Trusts scientists to keep people safe.

Rane has a lot of concerns about what climate change could mean for your district–from the rising hot summers to the flooding of the Ohio River. She trusts the scientists and wants to take actions to keep you–and the rest of the world–safe. How? Investing in clean energy, for starters, along with implementing regulations for pollution and fracking. Rane is also displeased by our withdrawal of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Other District 2 Candidates:
  • Brett Guthrie (R) – (Campaign Site) – incumbent. Say hello to our anti-vote. Brett “strongly supports” Keystone XL pipeline and opposes federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. He wants to continue using coal as an energy source and vows to oppose coal reduction (source).
  • Hank Linderman (D) – Hank is into developing clean energy sources (although this includes natural gas). He supports using incentives to push for a clean energy transition.
  • Brian Pedigo (D)
  • Grant Short (D)

District 3

Our pick: John Yarmuth – (Campaign Site)
  • Democrat
  • Incumbent since 2006
  • Subcommittee on Energy and Power (Energy and Commerce), Member
  • Founder/President, Center for Kentucky Progress
  • Summary: Great voting record.

Our endorsement for District 3 is John Yarmuth. He has a record of voting against legislation that would repeal EPA regulations centered around coal and curbing other greenhouse gas emissions. He’s a supporter of the federal government providing regulation on industries for emitting greenhouse gases. Yarmuth supports developing green energy sources so that America can become energy independent and clean.

Since Kentucky has the Appalachians and relies on coal mining, Yarmuth “…also introduced the Appalachian Community Health Emergency Act, which would require the government to perform the first federal study of public health impacts of mountaintop removal mining and mandate certification of its safety before allowing it to continue.” By studying not only the environmental effects but also the social aspects of mining, Yarmuth is working towards changing mining jobs to green energy jobs, a resource that will keep Kentucky clean and thriving. As a member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Power, he has considerable experience with sustainable energy legislation.

Other District 3 Candidates:

District 4

Our pick: Seth Hall

  • Democrat
  • Directory of Pharmacy
  • Summary: All the green energy sources.

Seth is looking forward to bringing renewable energy jobs to Kentucky, namely wind and solar. He sees this as an opportunity to fight climate change, support rural communities, and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. He values the environment–like the green spaces, wildlife, and farm animals–and will work to protect them.

Other District 5 Candidates:
  • Thomas Massie (R) – (Campaign Site) Incumbent – Thomas Massie has done a few things in the area of sustainable and green energy. For one, he “designed and built my own house which generates all of its own power using a combination of solar, geothermal, propane, and wood” (Source), which is super cool. He also supports energy independence, through all types of sources though, not just renewable.
  • Christina Lord (D)
  • Patti Piatt (D) – Also supports a shift towards clean energy for Kentucky (and the country).
  • Joshua Neace (Amer Solidarity)
  • David Goodwin (Independent)

District 5

So, District 5, your candidates either: 1) don’t discuss environmental/sustainable topics or 2) provide some mixed signals. Instead of a recommendation, we’ll let you know how your current representative is doing.

Harold “Hal” Rogers (R) – incumbent. Some good things to note: Harold is big on preservation. While serving, he’s helped secure funds to protect National Parks, eliminate thousands of illegal trash dumps in your region alone, initiate several clean-up projects in forests, waterways, and roadsides, and more. Sounds pretty good, right? Well, Harold also promises to fight against anti-coal legislation, and wants Kentucky to continue exporting/using coal.

Other District 5 Candidates:

District 6

Our pick: Daniel Kemph
  • Democrat
  • Business Analyst
  • Summary: Pro-government involvement.

Daniel recognizes climate change as a man-made ordeal, and our moral obligation to solve. How are we going to do that? Daniel is big on investing federal money into renewable energy developments and having the government regulate greenhouse gas emissions, mostly by restricting and eliminating them (source).

Other District 6 Candidates:
  • Andy Barr (R) – (Campaign Site) – Incumbent – Supports an “all of the above” approach (this includes renewable and nonrenewable resources). Andy also supports the Keystone XL pipeline.
  • Chuck Eddy (R)
  • Jim Gray (D)
  • Theodore David Green (D) 
  • Amy McGrath (D) – She believes that we need to make a transition to clean energy sources to benefit the world by protecting everyone from the consequences: increasing sea levels, natural disasters, food/resource shortages, and migration. However, she still wants Kentucky to continue its coal production and consumption.
  • Reggie Thomas (D)
  • Geoff Young (D) – Things Geoff supports: waste less, solar energy, hydropower, alternative vehicle fuels.
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1 Comment

Rane Sessions · April 28, 2018 at 2:26 pm

We have a lot of work to do I protect our planet. We need to stop polluting our waterways and air. We need to focus on renewables — solar, thermal, wind. We need to help people that have lived and worked in communities that were able to make a living in energy sources that create so many problems. We need to support their healthcare needs and train them for work that will allow them to support their families. We need people in the KY Assembly that will support rather than attack renewable energy. Real solutions help everyone, not just special interest groups.

Thank you for the work you’re doing! It takes all of us.

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