Restoring reason, fairness: Col Owens
For Col Owens, public education is our state’s greatest responsibility.
Owens is running for the state’s 69th House District including part of Boone and Kenton Counties.
Public education espouses better jobs, a higher quality of life for all Kentuckians.
And unlike the Republican incumbent who has done his best to unhinge financial stability for Kentucky’s working class over the last 11 years in office — by passing right-to-work for less, repeal of prevailing wage and decreasing workers compensation benefit legislation — Owens will reverse the downturn Kentucky is on.
“I am running for the legislature to restore reason and fairness to state government,” Owens said. “I have watched radical disinvestment in education and other critical services that is doing great damage to our standard of living and quality of life.
“Education is our most important public responsibility. I will work to secure proper funding and stable pensions. I will work for affordable health care access for all Kentuckians. And I will work for more adequate income for all working Kentuckians, along with economic growth and support for small business.”
Born and raised in Kenton County, Owens graduated from Dixie Heights High School. He attended Harvard College on scholarship. After graduation, Owens studied at Harvard Divinity School, then graduated from Boston University School of Law. He moved back to Kentucky since completing his education.
For 30 years, Owens worked as a senior attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio. Prior to that, he worked in private practice in Northern Kentucky and with Legal Aid in Lexington. Throughout his career, Owens has advocated for the working poor.
Elected to the Board of Education for Covington Independent Public Schools in 1993, Owens served for 16 years, chairing the board several times. Owens taught at the University of Cincinnati College of Law for 20 years and now teaches at Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law. He also served on the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence and the Kentucky School Boards Association Board of Directors.
“My career as a lawyer, law professor, school board member, and public policy advocate has more than prepared me to undertake this important role,” Owens said. “I am excited about the campaign and look forward to serving constituents, both here in northern Kentucky and across the commonwealth.”