Corbin Snardon | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Corbin Snardon

Political party: 
Question 1: 

What’s your vision for Kentucky? How will the lives of Kentuckians be improved as a result of your time in office? What legislative committees will you request to serve on once elected? 

My vision for Kentucky is to help navigate the state into the 21st Century. I am focused on 3 things, education, economics, and empowerment. For too long KY has lagged behind other states in terms of economics and innovation. We shouldn't just be known for bourbon and horses. I want to put KY on the map as the state to be in. I want to let people know that we are not stereotypical barefoot hillbillies. We are bright, economically diverse, and a forging a path toward the future. For legislative committees I feel best suited to serve on the House Education Committee , state government, and rules committee.

Question 2: 

Even after Governor Beshear's December 2019 executive order that restored voting rights to 152,000 Kentuckians with felonies in their past, over 170,000 Kentuckians are still ineligible to vote. Do you support a constitutional amendment to automatically restore voting rights to all Kentuckians with felonies in their past once they've served their time, probation, and parole? Why or why not?

I support 100% the restoration of rights to felons through a constitutional amendment. People make mistakes and as such are subject to the law, but once they have served their time they should not be penalized for the rest of their life by being denied to vote. The whole goal of prison should be rehabilitation and to reintegrate offenders into society. We cannot be hypocrites in that we are purveyors of democracy, but deniers of the most basic civil rights to those who have paid their debts under rule of law.

Question 3: 

During the 2020 primary, Kentuckians voted in record numbers as a result of mail-in absentee voting and early voting. But we can improve on what we learned in the primary and make voting more accessible for all Kentuckians. What is your view on modernizing state election laws? Specifically, do you support allowing early voting, mail-in ballots, same-day voter registration, extended hours at polling locations, offering ballots in multiple languages, and other election reforms? Would you uphold or work to repeal Senate Bill 2, which makes it harder for voters who don't have particular kinds of photo ID to vote, knowing that many Kentuckians do not have – and face barriers to obtaining – those forms of ID?

I wholeheartedly support modernizing election laws. Yes we do need early voting, mail-in ballots and same day registration, extended hours at polling locations, and ballots in multiple languages. I would work to repeal Senate Bill 2. I believe that voter ID laws are inherently bias and discriminatory towards the most vulnerable populations. Some reforms that I think are most needed is modernizing the absentee ballot process, and especially early voting and same day voter registration. The goal should be to increase voter turnout, not discourage people from voting.

Question 4: 

Even before COVID, Kentucky’s tax code did not raise enough revenue to meet the Commonwealth’s needs. We’ve reached dangerous levels of disinvestment in pensions, public education, infrastructure, and other essential programs. While there may be federal aid to buffer some of those impacts, we still need our own sustainable, long-term revenue solutions. What would you do to create a more equitable state tax structure – where everyone pays their fair share – that raises adequate revenue, fights poverty, and invests in Kentucky’s under-resourced communities and the services we all need?

Firstly I would advocate and support a complete overhaul of the KY tax code. It is arcane and the only logical reason we keep it is because it's familiar to the powers that be. We need to restructure the tax code to include new sources of revenue, reallocate and restructure spending and investitures, ensure adequate funding for education infrastructure and essential programs. Pension systems either need to become permanently solvent or alternative methods of viable retirement investments should be explored. To create these more equitable tax structures we need to examine the crux of KY's revenue and create a tax structure that does not penalize the poor for being impoverished and incentivizes productivity and wage earning. I believe that restructuring the current tax code and bringing it up to date would help immensely in revenue generation. In particular in the wake of COVID 19 it is now time to see what pork projects can be eliminated from the state and what key areas need the most financial investment for recovery.

Question 5: 

Many undocumented and mixed immigration status families here in Kentucky do not have access to government aid, stimulus payments, and other resources offered during this pandemic, while they’re simultaneously more likely to be essential workers and are at the highest risk for COVID-19 infection. What would you do to expand support and resources to Kentucky’s immigrant families, undocumented or otherwise, in the time of a global pandemic and beyond?

Pandemics affect people. A pandemic does not care about politics. Immigrants are people and should not be left out of COVID-19 relief or assistance because of political reasons. I would support legislation that would set-aside COVID relief monies for immigrants. The barrier for many immigrant families is trust and language. Many do not trust government offices for various reasons, and language barriers discourage many who desperately need assistance. I believe that all COVID-19 relief websites, paperwork etc should be offered in multiple languages to assist families for whom that would be a barrier.

Question 6: 

Is acting to address the climate crisis a priority for you? What policies do you support to ensure that solutions – such as clean energy jobs and reducing high energy bills – benefit all Kentuckians, including low-income communities, communities of color, and those who are most impacted by the changing climate? And what policies would you support to ensure that all Kentuckians have clean air and water, no matter the color of our skin, income, or zip code?

I live in a city that pays exorbitant prices for energy. So, yes the climate crisis is a priority. I do support clean energy bills. Investing more into hydroelectric, solar, and wind energy can help offset KY's energy needs. I do respect that KY is coal country and did indeed support many Kentucky families, but let's face it Coal is a dying industry and it is not sustainable as a business or environmentally. Plus climate change and energy costs affect people of color and the poor disproportionately. Even if you disagree with the science, that is most certainly real, you cannot disagree with the economics that investment in clean energy sources is smarter, more sustainable, and more practical than environmentally damaging practices than our current energy model. I would support policies and legislation that end energy price gouging and laws that would assist low income families in paying for their energy needs such as a energy price cap or graduated payment plan.

Question 7: 

Kentuckians from across the state are coming together to say Black Lives Matter and to demand that all Kentuckians can move through our communities without fearing for our lives or our loved ones. What is the role of the Kentucky legislature in opposing white supremacy, addressing racial inequality and supporting racial justice for Black people, Indigenous people, and all people of color in our state? Please identify at least two policy initiatives you would propose while in office to address racial and systemic inequalities.

I am a black man. Black Lives do Matter. I shouldn't have to explain to the Kentucky Legislature that white supremacy is wrong and racial inequality is right. Two policies initiatives that I would propose while in office to address racial and systemic inequalities are 1. Mandatory inclusivity of diverse peoples to serve on state boards, committees, and other key organizations. Many state sponsored organizations are ran completely by whites, in particular white men. These individuals, sometimes even with the best intention make decisions for communities of which they have no understanding of. More diverse people of color should be at the table when making decisions. 2- I would support legislative in support of mandatory implicit bias training in the education sector and law enforcement. Recent protests have demonstrated that there is a problem with racism still in Kentucky. Education and Law Enforcement are two of the deepest affected areas. Teachers and Law Enforcement should be required to undergo extensive implicit bias training to help fight racism.

Question 8: 

Kentucky has the ninth highest incarceration rate in the nation, is second for incarcerating women, and has the second-highest rate of children separated from a parent due to incarceration. In addition, Black Kentuckians face disproportionate arrest, conviction, and incarceration, and a heightened risk of police brutality. And people in many parts of our state face racial profiling, intimidation and unjust detainment and detention by federal and local authorities due to immigration status or perceived status. Many Kentuckians are calling for various measures to stem the tide of racialized criminalization, police brutality, mass incarceration, and detention and deportation – from police reform, to increased community investment, to a complete defunding and abolition of the police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). If elected, what will you do to make strides toward ending mass incarceration in Kentucky and reinvesting resources into the communities most impacted by this system?

Mass incarceration is and has been a tool of white supremacy and an unjust legal system for many decades now. While the solutions to this problem are complicated and not multifaceted I completely support police reform and immigration reform. Our law enforcement and judicial system needs an overhaul. I do not support defunding the police as the nuances to that I believe would still disproportionately affect people of color and immigrants, but I do believe in the demilitarization of police departments. Local and state police departments do not need military grade equipment to serve and protect. As far for immigration and customs, while I do believe that immigrants should work to achieve legal status in the US, I also recognize that they are a vital part of the Kentucky economy and culture. It would be asinine to make stricter laws for a vulnerable population. I believe that the need for more advocacy for immigrants is needed at the state legislature. We need to hear the stories and concerns of immigrants and address them accordingly in the same manner that other Kentuckians have the right to enjoy. As an educator we desperately need to fix this issue. I have seen too many children left without parents due to the judiciary constraints and unfortunately KY child abuse rates are far too high. It has to change.

Question 9: 

Do you support a statewide Fairness law to protect LGBTQ people (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer) from discrimination in housing, employment, financial transactions, and public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity? Do you support a statewide ban on the practice of LGBTQ conversion therapy, which would protect Kentucky youth from a harmful and medically discredited practice?

I believe in the equal and fair treatment of all citizens of Kentucky. I am against any therapy practice that would cause physical or physiological harm to youth.

Question 10: 

Nearly 400,000 low-income Kentuckians qualified for health care – including vision, dental and mental health – for the first time under the Affordable Care Act. But major challenges remain, and many are exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis. What would you do to make sure Kentuckians can get and stay healthy? What are your health-related legislative priorities? 

Answer 10: 

We have to face facts that we are an unhealthy state. State and Local governments need to advocate for more healthy incentives and lifestyle choices. I support health care for low-income Kentuckians through the affordable care act. Often it is those of low-income who suffer from the most severe health complications, live in food deserts, and have less access to quality health care options. My priorities in office are to ensure that all Kentuckians have access to health care and not be forced to choose between their health or paying bills. Advocating and increasing the population of healthy people in Kentucky increases productivity which will have a direct impact on the economics of our state.