Sat June 1, 2013
Noise and Notes: John-Mark Hack's Fight Against Frankfort's Party System
Independent John-Mark Hack is running for the state House in an uphill battle against two well-funded opponents.
The special election for the 56th District seat in central Kentucky is a contest that could be a sign if Republicans overtake the Democratic majority in next years elections.
But for Hack, this race is about constituents rejecting the special interests of both political parties.
A former Democrat, Hack worked as an aide in former Gov. Paul Patton's administration and has passion for food issues. He's also a well-known anti-gaming activist, which is one of the reasons he left the party.
Hack says he isn't a spoiler for the Democrats as GOP candidate Lyen Crews has suggested, and is honestly seeking to change Frankfort's culture.
There are plenty of issues in the General Assembly to discuss and Hack has released a 10-point platform that could distinguish him in the race. Among his plan, he's called for eliminating annual legislative sessions, not paying lawmakers if a state budget isn't passed and for non-partisan commission to redraw legislative lines.
Hack dropped by to share his thoughts on those issues as well as his position on the death penalty, tax reform and why he entered the race as an independent.