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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17 hours ago

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As we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. today, let us not forget that the work we all must do to continue the pursuit of his Dream needs to happen every day of the year. Men and women of color are still being oppressed, discriminated against, and even murdered today. Only by truly opening our eyes, our ears, and our hearts to people that aren't "like us" will we be able to overcome the fear and the hate that many wish us to maintain. I encourage us to all step out of our comfort zone and reach out a hand of friendship and love and understanding to our bothers, our sisters, our sons, our daughters, our mothers, our fathers, our friends, our neighbors, and even our foes, to build a better world for us all.
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As we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. today, let us not forget that the work we all must do to continue the pursuit of his Dream needs to happen every day of the year.  Men and women of color are still being oppressed, discriminated against, and even murdered today.  Only by truly opening our eyes, our ears, and our hearts to people that arent like us will we be able to overcome the fear and the hate that many wish us to maintain.  I encourage us to all step out of our comfort zone and reach out a hand of friendship and love and understanding to our bothers, our sisters, our sons, our daughters, our mothers, our fathers, our friends, our neighbors, and even our foes, to build a better world for us all.
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21 hours ago

Steve Jones for KY

Parler’s website is back up with just this message (see first image). Note these two things:

1. Parler has put privacy before free speech. This has been their stance all along where they have allowed anonymous users to spout hate, lies and violence. Where they have allowed the flames of treason and sedition to be stoked by those not held liable either morally, ethically, or legally for the violence and lies they espouse. Where they have allowed cowardice to flourish that bears no responsibility. Until Parler (and all other social media) make TRUTH the benchmark by which posts are measured, these traitors to Democracy will continue to thrive.

2. They state they will “not let cicvil discourse parish”. Really? Take a look at just a couple of the attached Parler screenshots and tell me how any of this is civil. If this is civil discourse I would really like to see what Mr. Matze considers hate speech.

As Americans we all need to recognize Parler for what it is. An online sanctuary for those who oppose and hate everything this great nation stands for. A place for a few rich tech giants to make a fast buck off the backs of easily manipulated people.

Finally, no one owes these people (or any other group) access to free speech. You can spout all the hatred and ignorance you want. That is your right in the US. But Twitter, Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon don’t have to foot the bill for you to do it. So Mr. Matze, I suggest you start charging for Parler or asking for donations. Purchase your own servers. Develop your own phones and operating systems to spread your message. You are not “owed” anything. And to think that you are is where the greatest irony lies. Your “followers” all demonize Socialism - the very thing they and you are asking for in demanding that private business subsidize your and their right to free speech.
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4 days ago

Steve Jones for KY

Hey folks! Bridge Kentucky needs some Volunteers to lend a hand. If you are free, please help out this great local organization.
#SteveJonesforKYVOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
We are looking for volunteers to help us prepare everything for the FREE clothing pop-up shop next week!
We will be at the South Gate Plaza from 9AM-4PM tomorrow through Sunday.
If you're interested, pop-in or give us a call/text us at
(270)590-0413.
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Hey folks!  Bridge Kentucky needs some Volunteers to lend a hand.  If you are free, please help out this great local organization.
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2 weeks ago

Steve Jones for KY

More legislative info.
#SteveJonesforKYHouse Republican leadership rammed through their first slate of priority bills today and their top goal is crystal clear: making it harder for Governor Andy Beshear to enforce COVID-19 protections in schools, restaurants, and long-term care homes.

This is politicizing a pandemic at its most ruthless.

They did this while there are more COVID-19 cases in Kentucky right now than there've ever been.

They did this after changing House rules to shove through ugly bills even more quickly than they could before.

They did this while hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians need immediate help -- like a real fix in the unemployment system they've underfunded for years, or greater direct relief to small businesses and working families.

While I expect the governor to veto this bill, House and Senate Republicans have more than enough votes to override him. Please call 1-800-372-7181 to leave a message for all legislators urging them to oppose House Bill 1 and any attempt to weaken the enforcement of COVID-19 protections.
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More legislative info. 
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