Don Ellis, founder of The Green Party Radio Network and producer/co-host of The Green Party Radio Show, has announced his candidacy for the Kentucky State House of Representatives in the 4th District.
The 51-year-old Grand Rivers resident, who will be running a write-in campaign, recently filed the necessary paperwork with Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Don's general campaign will concentrate on the Green Party's four key pillars that make up the foundation of worldwide Green Parties:
- Ecological wisdom
- Social justice
- Grassroots democracy
Along with increased union membership, if elected Don plans to do everything in his power to make sure that all Kentuckians have the right to earn a living wage.
His first act immediately upon taking office would be to fight for a statewide $10 an hour minimum wage by the summer of 2017, increasing by $1.00 per year until reaching $13 an hour by July 1, 2020.
Don would also fight to eliminate Kentucky Income Taxes on families making less that $20,000 per year, making up the difference with a slight increase on anyone making over $150,000 annually.
As a direct descendant of a pair of Between The Rivers families, he would also fight the United States Forest Service if they make any attempt to deviate from "The Promise" that was made to the people who were displaced to create Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. He would also fight to increase funding for the maintenance of our cemeteries and the roads we use to visit them.
Don has never held public office, but as a single father to a 12-year-old son he understands the struggles of working families. His past experience as a Union Contract Negotiator and Employee Adviser make him uniquely qualified to fight for the financial well-being of the ever-shrinking middle class in Kentucky.
In addition to his duties as a single father and caregiver to his elderly father, Don is a sports official with the Kentucky High School Athletic Association. He has also volunteered as an umpire for charitable causes and as a coach for Little League basketball in Livingston County.
In addition to his duties running the Green Party Radio Network, Don is also a former local radio personality, having hosted The Outlaw Hours and The Saturday Night All-Request Show on 93.3 WKYQ in Paducah.
Local media outlets can contact Don Ellis by emailing Don@GreenPartyRadio.com. He can also be contacted on his Don Ellis For KY House Facebook Page.
Don has already been endorsed by Arn Menconi, Green Party candidate for U. S. Senate out of Colorado, and Ray Parrish, Green Party candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, who had this to say:
The entire campaign staff of Ray Parrish, the Green Party Candidate for U.S. Representative to Congress in Arizona's 1st District, proudly endorses Don Ellis in his run for a seat in Kentucky's State Legislature. If you have heard Don on Green Party Radio you know that we can depend on him to support progressive principles. The kind of principles the great citizens of Kentucky need, want and deserve.