Redistricting here in Kentucky has been very controversial on August 23rd of 2013 a new redistricting bill finally passed the state legislature and was signed into law by Governor Beshear the same day. The new 89th house district includes Southern Madison County, Northern Laurel County, and all of Jackson County.
Joey Taylor filed his paperwork on November 7, 2013 to officially run for state representative in the new district. Although Taylor is uncontested in the primary he is already working hard. “I have been coming to Madison County every week as an EKU graduate I’ am proud to have Madison County in my district.”
Taylor’s mother and father are both EKU Alumni, his father is a US Army Veteran, and his mother owns an Italian Restaurant in Crittenden, KY. Taylor grew up in Laurel County and attended North Laurel High School, while in high school he played Basketball as well, Taylor graduated in 2009. After high school Taylor attended Somerset Community college for two years; transferring to Eastern Kentucky University in 2011. While attending EKU Taylor was elected to the position of student government representative. He sat on the student government association from 2012-2013. Taylor graduated in May 2013 receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and an Associate of Arts in Police Studies. Currently Taylor is working his Master’s Degree in Education at Union College.
Taylor is a conservative Kentucky democrat, who believes in the values of Kentuckians, he plainly states, “I’m pro-life, pro-gun, and Pro-coal”. “We need a state representative who has an open door policy; we also need someone who is active with the public. I want my constituents to know who their state rep is and have someone they can call on and talk too.”
When it comes to the issues surrounding Madison County one of Taylor’s top priorities is education, “we need to make sure our schools and teachers are properly funded; as well as our state universities.” “Tuition is out of control in our state. We need to make sure every high school graduate has an equal opportunity if they want to go to college.”
Other issues could include the condition of state highways like 421. Taylor stated “I drove this road the other day, and it’s not in the best condition, it looks this way with a lot of state highways in my district; we need to put people to work and get these road’s fixed.” Taylor says he will work with the local magistrates in his district as well to make sure the county roads are receiving proper state dollars.
Taylor says that another issue is Job Creation. “I want to see companies locate here that pay a livable wage not a minimum wage”. Taylor also showed concern for the wages that our present employers pay stating “I will fight to get our companies that are already here to step up their wages”. “Here across my District and in my home county many of our factories underpay our workers, and I think these companies should step it up and pay better”. I feel it’s my obligation to fight for our workforce”. Taylor says he knows what it’s like, “I worked at Kroger in high school and played basketball as well which was tough, not many students both are able to work, go to school, and play a sport, but I did it.” Entering college Taylor continued working at Kroger putting in a total of four years before leaving; and eventually went to work for United Parcel Service (UPS) throughout his college years. Currently Taylor is employed with the Knox County public Schools as a teacher. Taylor is the owner of Taylor Kennels and enjoys hunting his treeing walker coon hounds. Taylor is of Southern Baptist faith, he also a member of the Kentucky Houndsman Association, United Kennel Club, and the NRA.
Don’t forget voters can follow Taylor’s campaign by adding him on Facebook.
Taylor’s phone number is 606-657-1285 and is free to answer any questions or concerns.