Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

Endorsing Mike Slaton for KY House District 41

Having  just moved to our first home, I am not certain that I am still part of District 41, but I want to endorse Mike Slaton of Phoenix Hill in the May 2010 Democratic primary.  He’s a true progressive and we could use more in Frankfort.  A Louisville native, he is a B.A. (cum laude) in History from the University of Louisville, and works for Louisville Metro Parks, coodinating volunteers.  He formerly worked for the Fairness Campaign, a Louisville organization which advocates for justice for LGBT folk.  He and his partner just purchased their first home in Phoenix Hill and this is Mike’s first campaign for elective office.

On the issues:

  • Slaton advocates micro-loans to combat poverty in KY, community investing, and affordable housing.  He will demand that drug addiction be treated as a disease, not a crime.  He wants to tie prison terms to accomlishments like earning college degrees and he supports automatic restoration of voting rights for felons who have served their terms.  He also wants to end for-profit prisons in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
  • On social programs, Slaton wants to expand efforts to reduce poverty, reduce addiction, and prevent homelessness.  He wants to help veterans to return to civilian life, demand government be responsive to those who need it the most.  He brings the perspective that prevention saves lives and money.
  • Slaton opposes mountaintop removal and wants to reduce KY’s dependence on King Coal–pushing for more renewable energy.
  • He wants to bring the perspective that quality healthcare, decent jobs, quality education, and ecological integrity are human rights.

In the nearly 30 years that I have lived in Kentucky, I don’t think I have seen as progressive a politician as Mike Slaton in the state legislature.  He is young enough that he could one day be a U.S. Rep., state or U.S. Senator, or KY gov.  We need progressives in each of these positions, but I’ll gladly start with the state house.

His website is Mike Slaton for Kentucky House.  He also has a Facebook Fan Page.

I urge all residents of District 41 to vote for Mike Slaton this coming May.



November 19, 2009 - Posted by | U.S. politics


  1. Ooooh, local bike/pedestrian/responsible transportation activist Jackie Green is also running. Some good choices right off the bat, looks like.

    Comment by Dan Trabue | November 19, 2009

  2. Don’t know Green, Dan, but Slaton is a strong proponent of more public transportation, including light rail from Indy through Louisville to Lexington, south from Lexington to Knoxville, north from Lexington to Cincinnatti, north from Louisville to Cincinnatti, south from Louisville to Nashville. This, of course, stole my heart. 🙂

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | November 19, 2009

  3. Jackie will be running as an independent, so it won’t matter in the primaries. I suspect he would see himself as someone there to get the Dem candidate to step up on matters of transportation, rather than considering himself a candidate with a good chance to win as an Independent. But then, with Jerry out of the picture, who knows? It may be a free for all.

    Comment by Dan Trabue | November 19, 2009

  4. Jerry was planning to run for the State House?

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | November 19, 2009

  5. D’oh! Sorry. I don’t know how I got confused. I thought you were suggesting this fella was running for Mayor.

    I should have taken a clue from that little hint in your Title (“For Ky HOUSE DISTRICT…”)

    Comment by Dan Trabue | November 19, 2009

  6. Yeah, I don’t yet have a preference for mayor, although your friend, Jackie Green, sounds interesting. I’m also not sure I like Jerry Abramson as Lt. Gov.

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | November 19, 2009

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