Kentuckians For The Commonwealth is a community of people, inspired by a vision and working to improve the quality of life for all Kentuckians. Together we organize for a fair economy, healthy environment, clean and affordable energy, and a fair and healthy democracy.
KFTC is pleased to provide this website as a resource to help voters cast informed votes in the primary election on May 20, 2014. We hope it helps shine a light on candidates’ positions about a wide range of issues important to Kentucky voters. We believe that our democracy works best when more people are informed and involved in the process.
This is a big election year in the Commonwealth. Depending on where you live and what political party you belong to, you may have the opportunity to vote for candidates in a wide range of federal, state and local races in the upcoming primary election.
How we survey candidates
This website contains responses to KFTC’s candidate survey from individuals running for United States Senate or United States Congress in Kentucky as well as many additional state and local races from around the state, including Louisville, Lexington, Georgetown, Covington, and Bowling Green. These areas were prioritized this spring by KFTC’s local chapters. We expect to survey an even broader range of local and state candidates before the November 2014 election.
KFTC sent a letter and survey questions to every candidate in the races we covered. We asked candidates to limit their responses to 200 words per question. We followed up vigorously, leaving multiple phone, email, Facebook and Twitter messages to encourage participation from all candidates. We received hand-written, typed and even verbal responses to our survey questions. We published all responses word-for-word.
It sometimes happens that a candidate makes claims that are misleading or not well supported by evidence. Where appropriate, we have provided brief fact checks and record checks in an effort to help voters make informed decisions. In these cases we’ve made every effort to be thoughtful and even-handed. Of course, we encourage every voter to examine each candidate’s words carefully, along with our occasional fact checks, do your own research, and draw your own conclusions.
We appreciate all the candidates at the federal, state and local levels who took the time to respond to KFTC’s candidate survey. We know they have busy lives and campaign schedules. It reflects well on them all that they took the time to thoughtfully explain their views on issues important to voters.
Please share this website with your friends and family. We hope you find it a valuable and motivating resource as you prepare to cast your vote on May 20!