Matt Bevin needs NKY, NKY needs Matt BevinPosted by Adam Meier on May 15, 2015
Fellow Northern Kentuckians:
My name is Adam Meier and I’m an attorney, member of the Fort Thomas City Council, member of the Northern Kentucky Young Republicans, and active in promoting conservative ideals and candidates. On Tuesday, May 19, you have the opportunity to nominate the Republican ticket for Governor. Please take a moment to read this letter and understand why it is so critical that you vote this Tuesday, May 19.
Republicans in Kentucky continue to have increasing success in Federal (even-year) elections. However, Republicans historically struggle to win state office (odd-year) elections, in particular, the Office of Governor. This dichotomy, to some extent, can be attributed to low voter turnout in Northern Kentucky. So while we might see 63 percent statewide turnout in a presidential election, only 13 percent of Republicans turned out in the 2011 primary for statewide offices—and it was even worse in Northern Kentucky where turnout in Boone, Kenton, and Campbell ranged from 8.7 percent to 9.9 percent.[i] We can do better. We must do better.
Northern Kentucky is a donor region—revenues generated in Northern Kentucky are disproportionately utilized for programs elsewhere in the state. While new highways are built in Eastern Kentucky, we fail to receive the funding needed to properly maintain the Brent Spence Bridge, let alone replace it. If you, as a taxpayer, are tired of Northern Kentucky being ignored by Frankfort, we must send the message that Northern Kentucky is an engaged electorate by showing up to vote on Tuesday, May 19.
I would also like to ask that you please consider my friend, Matt Bevin, as the Republican nominee for Governor. Bevin is the type of conservative leadership we need in Frankfort. He is a successful businessman, a political outsider, a proven job creator, and he knows what it will take to make Kentucky more competitive in attracting businesses to our Commonwealth.
He is best qualified to fix what is arguably Kentucky’s biggest financial issue—the unfunded pension liability. Matt Bevin started an investment management business that today manages over $5 billion in pension assets—so pension issues are not hypothetical for him. He has the experience, the ideas, and the willingness to get the pension crisis back on track.
Bevin also has the best plan to upgrade the Brent Spence Bridge. Unlike the other candidates, Bevin has not voted for or supported tolls in the past.[ii] Further, Matt is the only one with a viable plan on how to fund the bridge upgrade—he will do so by utilizing Federal funding that the state already receives.
The Cincinnati Enquirer recently endorsed Matt Bevin in the GOP primary[iii] and the most recent Bluegrass Poll [iv] shows Matt Bevin with a slim lead. All of this means nothing if Northern Kentuckians stay home on Tuesday, May 19. I urge you to show up and vote, and to please consider Matt Bevin for Governor. You can find out more about Matt by visiting MattBevin.com.
Give Northern Kentucky the voice it deserves. Please Vote Matt Bevin for Governor.
[i] All voter turnout statistics were retrieved at: http://elect.ky.gov/statistics/Pages/turnoutstatistics.aspx
[ii] “Styles contrast at GOP governor forum,” The Cincinnati Enquirer, 3/29/2015
[iii] “Bevin Best GOP Candidate for Ky. Governor”, The Cincinnati Enquirer, May 10, 2015
[iv] “Bevin by a nose in WHAS11/Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll”, www.whas11.com, May 12, 2015