My Mission

Your Republican Governor for the state of Kentucky

My mission as governor representing the Republican party is to be the most transparent bipartisan administration in Frankfort.

I will not place “blame” on others like past governors. Instead, I will be responsible for all actions of both parties. I will collaborate and engage both parties, without favor or creating divisions. I will lead by example, which takes knowledge of appropriate standards and the will to follow those standards.

I am not perfect nor do I claim to be perfect. I will not promise anything I do not believe and cannot deliver. I do not simply ask you to “just trust me” and give me your vote, rather I will earn your trust and your vote.

Recommendations Across The Aisle

Kentuckians come from all areas and many different backgrounds. I don’t just want to be the Governor of a group of citizens, but every Kentucky resident.

Where I Stand On The Issues

Policy is where the rubber meets the road. I want to represent the interests of Kentucky residents and here are some of the values and policies that are important to me. 

Abortion

The world is ever-changing. I am pro life. However, in the unfortunate scenario of rape, incest, or a dangerous pregnancy that could possibly kill the mother, there needs to be another alternative. Clearly strict guidelines and deadlines of course, but as a type of birth control, absolutely not.

2nd Amendment

If a person can afford an A10 Warthog along with a pilots fee, fuel, ammo, guns, and range time, there should be no law restricting that individual from owning everything they can afford. Simple background checks to ensure an individual is not a felon and of sound mind (mentally stable meaning the person has not been flagged by a doctor as dangerous to themselves or others) is as far as I am comfortable with regarding any type of restrictions and checks.

Taxes and Spending

If we can’t afford it, the answer is not to buy it or to charge it on the state credit card. , We definitely should NOT be raising taxes and making the citizens pay for it; the answer is obviously not to purchase or spend with funds that aren’t there. Practicing what we teach our kids and saving money is clearly what needs to happen in Frankfort.

How I Plan to Bring Income Into the State

Kentucky has lost two of its most revenue producing commodities, since tobacco and coal are not as much a need in the world.. I believe with the proper research, rules, and guidance, we can make Kentucky more successful than ever before with casinos, medical marijuana, and my personal favorite, kenaf (a type of plant that has many, many uses). The downsizing of Fort Knox and the fact of it not being one of the centers of military might as it was in the past, has also crippled a part of the state and I plan on working with military counterparts to bring Fort Knox back to its former glory.

Education and Schools Including Sports

Quality teaching in our schools is a high priority. I want to ensure our kids have safe transportation, top of the line meals, mental stability that is free of the fear of bullies or sexual harassment from school officials or other students.

I also want to promote trade schools. Choosing a trade after high school should be celebrated as much as a senior committing to a college athletic team. Trade workers are alarmingly scarce and teaching our kids that college is the only path after high school is the wrong answer.

Lastly, I want to create a mandatory Life skills class for high schoolers that teaches how to balance a checking account, how to save for retirement, and how to appropriately invest in big purchases like a car or home. Today’s students rarely understand practical skills like change a tire and cooking unless it’s Ramen noodles, pizza rolls or ordering from a food delivery service.

There are two genders, male and female. Male born athletes turned female will have no place in Kentucky’s female sports. Trans women shattering women’s records in women’s sports is not fair to biological women and I would be open to helping create a transgender sports group as an alternate course of action.

Pension Crisis

There is a simple solution to stop the pension crisis: stop borrowing from it and stop ignoring the problem.

I will never sign an order robbing the pensions of hard working Kentuckians. I will use everything in my executive powers to prevent another penny from being taken out of the pension. I will work with everyone I can to create an air-tight seal on the pension pot that only allows money in and to allow the pension to grow and used according to its purpose. I would also explore ways legislators can expand the ability of teachers to receive a spouse’s social security.

Covid and mandates

I will never sign a law mandating vaccination. If a business sets rules for their store, such as wearing a mask, they should maintain that right as long as it does not discriminate against a protected class..

Minimum Wage

A blanket minimum wage for the state is not an option. Some parts of Kentucky may be sufficient with a $10 minimum wage, while other parts require a $15 minimum wage. My proposition would be to base minimum wage on cost of living in districts or possibly creating a different map specific to address this concern.

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About David Cooper

G. K. Chesterton once said, “The true Soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”

My name is David Cooper; I am a Christian, a Kentucky Army National Guard service member, a husband and father, a son and brother, a friend, an ordained minister, a children’s book author, a blue-collar worker who works regularly days, nights, weekends, and holidays. I am the average Kentuckian who, as my mother would say, burns the candle on both ends and in the middle.

 

I am running for Governor because Kentucky needs genuine leadership in Frankfort. Frankfort in particular has lost its way due to career politicians whose only interest is to serve themselves instead of Kentuckians. We need the solid, core values the military instilled in me to bring to Kentucky leadership. It’s time to have a governor Kentucky can be proud of and other states envy.

I am currently serving and have been defending and serving Kentucky on the battlefield since I was 17. The Kentucky Army National Guard instilled in me seven leadership values that I have lived by for over 22 years. I have been leading troops consisting of Kentucky sons and daughters, husbands and wives, for at least 20 years, with these values. They are Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. As your governor, I will lead by example in everything I do and will never be the man to tell everyone where to go and what to do but rather follow me and lets get this done together.

Our state motto is “United We Stand, Divided We Fall”. I don’t think I need to tell you that Kentucky has fallen, and fallen hard. Empty promises and reckless spending is not what’s going to bring us together again. A strong, even tempered, BIPARTISAN steady leader who can work with Senate and House members on both sides of the aisle is what’s going to unite Kentucky together again, and I believe I am that leader who can make it happen.

As your governor, I will always remember and remind others that we work for you, not the other way around. Please help my team and me bring Kentucky back together again stronger than before. With hard work, dedication, and a refusal to quit attitude, we can do just that.

David Coopers Personal Bio

Kentucky has been my home since birth. There have been three times when I had a temporary address outside of Kentucky, all of which occurred during my service: in 2002 during Operation Noble Eagle (Indiana), 2008 – 2009 Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), and recently in 2020 for Operation Southern Guardian where I was deployed to support Border Patrol along the border wall in Texas. I have lived in Kenton, Pendleton, Campbell and Estill counties.

I currently live in Kenton county with my wife of 13 years and our two daughters. We go to church at Summit Church of Christ on Sunday mornings, nights, and Wednesday nights (when I am not working). I am proud to say I earned my Associates degree in Business Management from American National University, a very well-known community college. I am a children’s book author. The book I wrote is “My Daddy Wears A Lot of Shoes”. I am an ordained minister through Universal Life Church and I have been paying Uncle Sam taxes since I was 15 as a blue collar worker, the last ten years as a Production Operator for Veoila.

I am a 22+ year Kentucky Army National Guard service member. I joined the guard when I was 17 years old with my mother’s permission. I was stationed in Cynthiana with the 201st Engineer Battalion C Company from 2000 – 2009, Walton with the 118th Haul Platoon from 2009 – 2015, and now Richmond from 2015 – present with the 149th MEB (Maneuver Enhancement Brigade). I have been on three deployments (mentioned above) and have been called to active duty several times to fight the fires in the eastern Kentucky, to remove snow in northern Kentucky, and to help with flooding in western and southern Kentucky.

I have been practically everywhere in Kentucky. I have attended three military leadership/promotion schools and completed countless hours of military leadership training. I am a Sergeant First Class, currently serving as a Military Policeman. I am also trained as an Engineer and hold three job duties, Carpenter, Heavy Equipment Operator, and Combat Engineer. Additional duties I have served include HAZMAT specialty NCO (Noncommissioned Officer), Tactical Electronic Warfare Operator (TEWO), and unit Retention NCO. Along with being the next Kentucky governor, serving in the Guard has been the greatest honor I could ever ask for.

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