June 29, 2018 Media

Bettering northern Kentucky begins with Blair

Josh Blair wants to create opportunity for everyday Kentuckians.

He’s running for the state’s 63rd House District which represents part of Boone and Kenton Counties.

A professor at Northern Kentucky University, Blair advocates for public education citing that our state’s future depends on an educated and skilled populace. Slashing school budgets hurt students, teachers and most importantly it hurts our communities.

When higher education budgets are cut like they were in the Republican majority’s budget passed during the 2018 session, our communities, counties and cities lose jobs, tuition rates increase making obtaining a college degree more and more out of reach for our families and impairing the skill set of our future workforce.

“I’m running to get things done in Frankfort. Things that matter to everyday Kentuckians, such as supporting education, fighting heroin, keeping taxes low, and strengthening small businesses,” Blair said. “The future of our commonwealth is at stake, and it’s important we get back on the right trajectory. I love northern Kentucky, and I want to maintain its integrity for generations to come.”

As a future representative in northern Kentucky, Blair has prioritized battling the heroin epidemic that has ravaged families and communities in his district with some of the largest overdose rates in the state.

“Everyone knows someone who has been impacted by this issue,” Blair said. “In order to combat this epidemic, and to stop the spread of Hepatitis C and HIV in our community, we must implement research-based solutions.”

Blair’s Republican incumbent opponent has tried to curb Attorney General Andy Beshear’s legal fight against opioid producers by trying to deny his ability to seek outside law firm contracts. Addiction shouldn’t be a partisan issue, but Blair’s opponent has made it one.

Blair is against raising taxes on working-class families. He supports finding a better solution to funding pension for our teachers, police officers, firefighters, social workers, and others who dedicate themselves to making our lives better and deserve what was promised to them.

“In order to attract and retain quality workers in these fields, most of whom do not collect Social Security, a strong pension system is needed,” Blair said. “ These people are our family, our friends, our neighbors, and they make our communities a safer and better place.”

Given his family history, Blair is also a small business advocate.

“I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the small business owners in my family. My grandfather owns a roofing business. My great uncle owned a body shop. My aunt and uncle own a real estate business. All in Kenton County,” Blair said. “Working people are the backbone of our economy, and small businesses make up more than 96 percent of the employers in Kentucky, employing nearly 50 percent of the private-sector workforce.”

Blair has lived most of his life in Kenton County. He’s a graduate of Beechwood High School, earned his bachelor’s degree at Northern Kentucky University and a master’s degree at Ohio University. His family attended Blessed Sacrament Church.

He works as an adjunct professor of communication at NKU, Cincinnati State, and Xavier University. He is currently enrolled in the Deaf Studies Certificate program at Cincinnati State, where he is studying American Sign Language.

Blair has been endorsed by the United Automobile Workers (UAW), United Mine Workers of America (UMWA),

Kentucky State AFL-CIO, Northern Kentucky Labor Council, IBEW Local 212 and the Kentucky Building & Construction Trades Council.

For more information about Blair’s campaign visit his website, Facebook page, follow him on Twitter or email his campaign.