Meet the Candidate: James Rhodes (Kentucky)

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Candidate Name:

James Rhodes

Photo provided by the campaign.

What office are you running for?

Kentucky Congress 1st District

With which party are you running for office?

Democratic Party

Election Date

Primary May 19, 2020 General November 3, 2020

Why are you running for office?

My reasons for running for office include; helping the working men and women fight for their natural human rights as united States citizens. Social Security and Medicare as well as Veteran benefits and mental health are high priority. I have watched as not only those of advanced age, but children as well, worry about sickness and where their next meals may be coming from, in today’s society we should be far enough advanced that those concerns are behind us. As citizens we should be secure in the fact that our future is not at risk. That is why I am running for office, to do what is in my power to help bring peace of mind and a since of security back to those that it should have never been taken away from.

What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?

In our community I would have to say that the biggest issue ( although there are many) involves the economy itself. Low wages, with the constant increase of living and farmers not being able to sell their crops either due to a poor season (weather) or the tariffs on their goods. Passing a living wage while still keeping taxes in check and removing of the tariffs is the best starting point in helping solve this issue.

How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?

Historically there has always been a partisan divide in the country. It is in the recent decades that it has become the most volatile. As citizens, we have forgotten the most important part…United We Stand, Divide We Fall. By electing men and women that will work together across the aisle, we can start to mend the issues, however until we can all respect each others as humans, there will always be a divide. The real question is how can we lessen it, it may never be fixed.

Who is your hero?

Quite simply my father was and still is my hero. He worked off the land in many ways to provide for my mother and siblings. He taught us respect, honor and discipline among many other traits. Myself and 9 siblings. Out of 5 boys 4 of us went into the military and 3 out of 5 of my sisters married military men.

What are your hobbies?

My hobbies include politics, helping people whenever possible and fishing with my grandsons.

What is the most recent book you read?

Holy Bible

Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?

I have 4 daughters and a dog

How can our readers get involved in your campaign?

You can get involved in the campaign by spreading the word! I have a Facebook page for the campaign as well as a website, both of these have links to ActBlue who is processing the donations for the campaign as well. Donations are also a huge help, going against a incumbent who already has endorsements, funding, and a face in the public is tougher than one may think. There is also a Twitter account, sharing information on any social media is a great way to help spread the word. Letters to you local editor, making phone calls and in general just word of mouth are all great ways anyone can help out in their own way.

What question do you wish we’d asked, and what is your answer?

In your opinion what does America want out of their next elected officials?
My answer: Someone who will work honestly and diligently for them, even in the face of adversity, not someone who is going to work for their own agenda.

Candidate Social Media:

Website| Facebook | Twitter

Post created from answers submitted by candidate to our Meet the Candidate survey.


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