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Candidates: Dennis Keene wants to continue to serve as state legislator in District 67

It is my honor to serve as the state representative for the 67th District in Campbell County. During my years in office I have become a strong voice for economic development and growth for my district and for the entire Northern Kentucky region and the Commonwealth.

This election could be just about the most important election of our lifetimes. Education funding, healthcare, and legislation in favor of living wages are on the line. We are fighting in Frankfort against a majority who want to gut public education and continue to weaken our universities with severe cuts every budget cycle. We in the House have passed funding for the pension liability, only to have it killed in the Senate. I support new revenue streams to fund our most important needs but the majority will not even consider new revenue.

Dennis Keene

We are already seeing the negative result of a rushed tax plan that raised taxes on people and small businesses while cutting taxes for the 1% and corporations. We need tax reform, and everything should be on the table. How we fund our roads and infrastructure needs going forward is a huge issue that will take bipartisan support to develop a plan that makes sense and is fair to all the people of Kentucky.

Here is a little about my background to the voters new to my district.

I am a small businessman, currently working in economic development for EGC. I am also a consultant for Southbank Partners, the river cities economic engine for Northern Kentucky. Prior to his service in the General Assembly, Rep. Keene served on the Wilder City Council.

I was elected by the House Caucus as the Minority Caucus Chairman, serving in House Leadership; and I am the only member of Leadership in either party from Northern Kentucky. I serve on the Licensing, Occupations & Administrative Regulations Committee that oversees 70 different professions and industries in Kentucky. And I serve on the House Banking & Insurance and Natural Resources & Energy Committees along with the Committee on Committees.

I’ve built my reputation as a taxpayer watchdog protecting the tax dollars of the citizens. I have passed legislation to control government spending while making smart investments in communities. I successfully passed legislation to eliminate an unfair courthouse tax on the citizens of Campbell County. And also passed legislation to eliminate waste by reducing the number of boards and commissions and reducing salaries and fees.

As a strong voice for victims in the Commonwealth, I championed legislation for tougher drunk driving laws, a violent offenders registry, internet pornography, human trafficking and for common-sense heroin legislation.

I am proud to be known as a bipartisan legislator, and have worked across the aisle to secure funding for important projects at Northern Kentucky University as well as for our local communities.

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