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Sal Santoro: Let us set aside negativity surrounding politics and embrace the beauty of our community

More often than not, we hear about the negativity surrounding politics and government. We turn on our televisions and see coverage of frustrating antics on the federal and, sometimes, state level. As we turn the corner and head into 2022, I begin another year as Boone County’s state representative. I have always strived to be honest and loyal and to celebrate another successful year. So let me take a moment to reintroduce myself while looking at how we have sought to dismiss those frustrating political norms.

Rep. Sal Santoro

Throughout my time in the legislature, I have had the honor and privilege of creating significant change for our county and state as part of my role on the Appropriations and Revenue, Licensing and Occupations, and Transportation committees. Along with this service, I additionally serve as the chairman of the Transportation Budget Committee, which grants me the responsibility of funding all transportation and transportation infrastructure for the Commonwealth. I have been able to bank approximately $200 million in new road projects for Boone County alone since becoming chairman of this committee.

Like most Boone County residents, I have also experienced road closures, delays, and even detours over the years. Updating infrastructure comes at several costs, our patience being none the lesser. So I ask that we give it time while this construction goes on because, sooner than later, the orange barrels will be no more, and we will be driving on a new, safe road that will last for years to come.

While ensuring we have updated roadways is an essential item on my agenda, I also have a passion for school safety. In today’s uncertain world, I believe we cannot keep our children too safe. Not only as a parent and a legislator but also as a former Kentucky State Police Trooper, I have tremendous gratitude for our very own Boone County Sheriff’s Office, which has been able to equip each of our schools with a deputy. During the legislative sessions to come, I plan to continue fighting for school safety and propose new laws and regulations to equip our schools with the tools necessary to keep our children safe.

Outside of life in Frankfort, I have been a Boone County resident for 45 years, raised three children, and have been blessed with 11 grandchildren who all happen to also live in Boone County. I have been married to my wife Sharon for 43 years, and we have been so lucky to watch this district grow in our lifetime. To say that Union is our lifelong home would be nothing short of an understatement.

As I work with fellow General Assembly members — who come from all across the Commonwealth — and hear their concerns, my appreciation for Boone County grows even stronger. I cannot help but reflect on the beauty of our community. The momentum continues to grow for our tight-knit neighborhoods, and we are incredibly fortunate to have such a special place to live, work, play, and worship.

As always, feel free to contact my office if you ever need my assistance at 502-564-8100, or email with any concerns you may have at my legislative email address at Sal.Santoro@lrc.ky.gov.

Sal Santoro represents Kentucky’s 60th House District in Boone County.

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