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State Representative candidates Q & A

Dan Fister

(Republican)



Why are you running for office?

I am running because I want a better world for all our children and grandchildren to grow up in. I’m not a politician and never considered such a path until the death of Logan Tipton. He and my granddaughter were about the same age and it scared me. I quickly realized that I couldn’t blame anyone for the way things are if I wasn’t willing to step up and get involved. I have since developed the relationships needed to make a difference in Frankfort and am looking forward to serving all the people of Woodford County and the 56th District.

Many politicians, particularly at the federal level, are afraid to work with members of the other party for fear of angering their base. If elected, will you be willing to work across the political aisle?

As a businessman, I have worked with people with different ideologies, opinions, and ideas on projects and have been successful in bringing them together to get the job done. As your State Representative I will use those same skills to serve you, the people of the 56th District. Potholes and bridges are not Democrat or Republican and addressing them shouldn’t be either. When elected, my base will be all the people of the 56th District and I will do everything in my power to serve and protect them, regardless of their party!

What do you think of the actions taken by Gov. Beshear and the guidance provided by the top state health professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic?

I think Governor Beshear did a very good job initially. He was able to “shut the state down” very calmly and he was able to avoid panic and mayhem when the supply of commodities such as toilet paper became restricted. On the other hand, as it became more apparent that this pandemic wasn’t going away anytime soon, I think he should have brought the legislative leadership and possibly the constitutional officers on board to help with the decision making. Our government is set up with checks and balances and it was never intended to be run by one person.

What’s your position on wearing protective masks and social distancing during the pandemic?

Honestly, I don’t like wearing a mask any more than anybody else, but it’s what we need to do when we can’t social distance. Let’s face it, washing your hands, staying home when you are sick, and avoiding crowds has always been good advice if not common practice during cold and flu season anyway. What makes Covid-19 any different in that respect?

What would be your top three legislative priorities if elected?

When elected my first priority will be to bring our economy back to life, put our people back to work, and save the businesses and jobs on “Main Street.” Secondly, I will work to modernize our tax code to make us more competitive with our neighbors and to grow our tax base and not our tax rate. Thirdly, I will protect Woodford County during redistricting to ensure we are not divided into pieces and loose our influence as a county.




Lamar Allen

(Democrat)



Why are you running for office?

Woodford County has established a record of electing dedicated public servants to represent the community in the House of Representatives. I plan to keep that tradition by championing public education and affordable healthcare. I will support Governor Beshear in his efforts to keep Kentuckians safe. As a teacher, husband, and father of a 4-year-old, I understand the importance of securing teacher and state employee pensions. I feel the impact of underfunded public education. I understand the struggle to pay for prescription medication. We need regular Kentucky folks to represent us that will speak to the needs of our community.

Many politicians, particularly at the federal level, are afraid to work with members of the other party for fear of angering their base. If elected, will you be willing to work across the political aisle?

Absolutely. It is imperative that we stop the partisan politics that keep Kentucky from moving forward. I speak to community issues that know no partisan lines. It’s past time for us to put people over politics. Throughout our campaign, we have engaged and connected with voters from both sides of the aisle. We plan to continue to work with Democrats, Republicans, and Independents to make sure the common folks of Kentucky voices are heard in Frankfort.

What do you think of the actions taken by Gov. Beshear and the guidance provided by top state health professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic?

I believe Governor Beshear has done a great job. He is guiding Kentuckians through the pandemic and is putting forth regulations to keep our families and friends safe. He has consistently followed science during the COVID-19 pandemic and has been a voice of reason for the commonwealth. He has led with his actions and practices social distancing and masking as recommended by the CDC.

What’s your position on wearing protective masks and social distancing during the pandemic?

I believe wearing a mask and social distancing is critical to keeping our businesses and schools open. It is clear that it limits the spread of COVID-19 and keeps Kentuckians safe. I practice social distancing and wear a mask. I encourage every Kentuckian to do the same. I believe by implementing the necessary safety precautions, we have the ability to come out of this pandemic stronger than we were before the pandemic.

What would be your top three legislative priorities if elected?

I’m an elementary school teacher who believes in strengthening our public education system. A quality public education is essential for the children in the 56th District to reach their potential. I will fight for affordable healthcare. I will ensure individuals with pre-existing conditions are insured and I will prioritize lowering prescription medication prices. I will fight to fully fund our teacher and state employee pensions. As an agriculture graduate, I will work to support the needs of the agricultural industry as most jobs and careers are directly and/or indirectly dependent on a strong agricultural economy.



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