A lifelong Kentucky resident, Billy has seen firsthand the struggles faced by the people of Congressional District 5. After completing a B.A. in Theatre Arts from EKU, he struggled to find gainful employment and was advised to leave the area to seek better opportunities. Coming from a large family who taught him to appreciate the natural beauty of this rural area and its customs, he decided to stay and has since worked with many non profit groups to bring art, music, and theatre to this region.
Bill later returned to college and gained a B.S. in Business Administration from Union College. Like many, he avoided politics, lamenting the divisiveness and negativity until it became unbearable. Having been trained in debate and public speaking, he knew that someone had to stand up and demand better of our leadership. He recognized that politics had devolved into a popularity contest, full “yes men” and “people pleasers” and those are not the kind of individuals who will stand up and demand change.
Billy’s questioning of the status quo has cost him many friends and family who cannot understand why he refuses to support the prevailing political orthodoxy. He remains committed to providing the voters of Kentucky an independent voice and a progressive choice. The 30% of Kentuckians in this district, who live in some of the most extreme poverty of the nation, deserve better.