Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Here is a letter to the Mayfield Messenger regarding the voter guide we recently inserted into that paper. One of the candidates is claiming they never received the questionnaire. I still haven't heard back from the editor as to whether they will publish the letter. So here it is for all to see.


Dear Editor,

The voter guide that we inserted into your newspaper has created a stir and unfortunately some misinformation is circulating as well. First, the Commonwealth Policy Center is a Kentucky based organization dedicated to preserving the bedrock values of life, marriage and fiscal responsibility. These are values important to most Kentuckians and we believe that citizens have a right to know where the candidates stand on the issues. Second, we are non-partisan and have endorsed candidates who are dedicated to fighting for these values across the political spectrum. The bottom line is that we are more committed to principles than we are to any one political party.

We sent out questionnaires to every State House candidate in Kentucky back in August.  Candidates have a right to refuse to respond to the questionnaire, but just because they refuse they don’t have a right to say they did not receive the questionnaire. Nor should a non-response invalidate the voter guide. We believe that candidates who have the courage to sign the questionnaire should not be penalized. An election can elevate passions and generate heat but we should all work to elevate the civility, put principles over politics and truth over personalities.

My hope is that Graves County residents will step above the political fray on November 6 and go to the polls to vote, and to vote their values.

Very sincerely yours,

Richard Nelson