June 26, 2018 Media

Ending establishment politicians with Williamson

If you are tired of establishment politicians whose voting records misrepresent the majority of Kentuckians’ needs and wishes in favor of big money, so is Tom Williamson and that’s why he’s running for office.

Williamson is running for the state’s 25th House District representing part of Hardin County currently held by Republican incumbent Rep. Jim DuPlessis.

“As a retired social studies teacher, I always told my students that elected officials are supposed to represent the majority of their citizens. Sadly this is not occurring,” Williamson said. “I decided to run in the spring of 2017 after seeing how the new majority was not representing the needs and wishes of the majority of Kentuckians. This continued to be displayed in the 2018 session.”

Williamson’s opponent is a rank-and-file member of the Republican majority that has split from a Kentucky agenda and aligned itself with the agenda of Sen. Mitch McConnell’s large donor network and, of course, the Koch brothers.

DuPlessis voted for the sewage pension bill rammed through the House in less than 10 hours without any financial analysis or how it would affect 200,000 Kentuckians made up of first responders, teachers and public employees. Although it has been ruled unconstitutional in court, House Republicans have said they will push the bill through again — a measure that will take longer to pay off and more Kentucky taxpayer dollars.

But Williamson’s opponent also voted for right-to-work legislation crippling working-class men and women’s ability to negotiate for higher wages and better benefits. Like so many Kentuckians, Williamson decided he had to do something. Across the nation, the Koch brothers and large donor networks are pressuring lawmakers with campaign donations to legislate their agenda, which includes tax breaks for the wealthy, driving down workers’ wages to benefit corporations and abolish public pensions so hedge fund managers can cash in on a nationwide shift to 401-(k)-style plans.

“My only interest is to be a true public servant. Not just another partisan puppet or another career politician,” Williamson said. “We are all tired of that. We need proper representation. The way it is supposed to be. We the people, not we the wealthy and influential.”

In an interview with his local paper, Williamson said he was ready to make a difference for the people in his district.

“I feel like I’ve made a difference for thousands of students over the years at both high schools that I taught at,” he said. “I just feel like now it’s time to make a difference for the majority of people out there that feel like they are being left behind.”

For more information about Williamson’s campaign visit his Facebook page.