Friday, October 21, 2016

A basic website, a basic platform, a basic campaign


When I asked his opinion of my campaign website, my very close friend Chad Cushman commented that while it looked nice, it was kind of basic.

While I appreciated the constructive criticism, I had to reply that the "basic" design is intentional.

No, I don't have a flashy website full of bells and whistles, because I'm not running a campaign full of bells and whistles. I built this website myself, the same way I am building my campaign.

Not that I don't have a very small staff of amazing friends, but I believe that the people who represent us in public office should be real. They shouldn't spend half the year (or more) campaigning when they can reach everyone they want to represent in a month or two.

Even in the smallest of elections, between local radio, local newspapers, going door-to-door, and social media, a campaign really shouldn't last more than 60 days.

It's with these values in mind that I bring you my basic platform. These are the things I would be honored to do for the people of Kentucky's 4th Representative District if they write my name in on their ballots on November 8:

1 - I would push for the state of Kentucky to raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour by July 2017, increasing each year to $13 an hour by July 2020. It is inexcusable that in Kentucky, a married couple with two children each working 40 hours a week at minimum wage qualifies for Food Stamps.

2 - I would propose eliminating State Income Tax for persons making less than $20,000 a year, which would be paid for by raising the highest tax rate to 7% for incomes over $150,000 and 8% for incomes over $250,000.

3 - I would vote to legalize medical and recreational marijuana. Based on Colorado's tax revenues, this would bring the state approximately $50 million per year. This money would be used to:

4 - Cover tuition at any state community college for high school graduates who achieved a 3.0 GPA or greater in high school. Those students would also have their tuition paid at and state University if they maintain a 3.0 GPA at community college.

5 - I would propose that the state commit to 100% renewable energy within 20 years by providing tax breaks to solar companies who reside in Kentucky; providing long-term, low-interest financing for homeowners to convert to solar power; providing tax breaks and financing to convert all homes to electric heating systems.

6 - I would follow up on the new case law I helped create in Ellis vs. Ellis (Kentucky case number 2013-CA-000815-ME) in providing equal rights for fathers in child custody cases.

7 - I would propose that all campaigns for Kentucky public offices be limited to two months and campaign donations to $500. (My campaign only accepts donations of $100 or less)

8 - I would assist 4th Distict families who are decendents of Between The Rivers families in their fight with the Federal Government to ensure access to our cemeteries and repairs to our roads.

9 - I would push to ensure the right to union access for all workers.

10 - I would propose a law that forces anyone receiving public assistance to find work within 90 days. After 90 days, if still unemployed, recipients would need to volunteer for 20 hours a week doing public works.

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Thank you for reading, I hope I have convinced you that I am deserving of your vote.

If you would like to contribute to my self-funded campaign, please visit my GoFundMe page, or mail your check to:

Don Ellis
725 Depot Rd
Grand Rivers, KY 42045

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