Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey: Kentucky roundup

Kentucky is holding elections, including for judicial and state executive offices, on Nov. 7, 2023. A number of candidates running in these elections completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.

Below is a selection of responses from the candidates who filled out the survey as of Oct. 24. To read each candidate’s full responses, click his or her name at the bottom of the article.

Emily Craddock (nonpartisan) is running for Jefferson County Family Court 5th Division, and the special general election is on Nov. 7. Here’s how Craddock responded to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?

“I am passionate about the dependency, neglect, and abuse of children docket. Since it is a confidential docket, usually what happens on those docket is not reported on the news and is generally a docket most people have little knowledge about the process and current areas that could be improved. That docket is the most important in my opinion because family judges decide whether to remove children from harmful environments, including up to termination of parental rights. It is a significant responsibility to both protect the children in our community from neglect or abuse and also enduring parent’s rights are adequately protected and resources are provided to help improve a family’s functionality to best serve the child’s best interests.”

Click here to read the rest of Craddock’s answers. 

Charles Wheatley (D) is running for Kentucky Secretary of State, and the general election is on Nov. 7. Here’s how Wheatley responded to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?

“I’m passionate about making it easier for working Kentuckians to vote. I was able to work on this during my time in the state legislature, and I’m ready to get back to work on behalf of all Kentuckians as the next Secretary of State. I believe our democracy is strongest and most representative when we have the most people voting as possible, and I will be a Secretary of State focused on increasing voter turnout.”

Click here to read the rest of Wheatley’s answers. 

If you’re a Kentucky candidate or incumbent, click here to take the survey. The survey contains over 30 questions, and you can choose the ones you feel will best represent your views to voters. If you complete the survey, a box with your answers will display on your Ballotpedia profile. Your responses will also populate the information that appears in our mobile app, My Vote Ballotpedia.

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