Courier-Journal Questionnaire

To help voters sort out who is running and their views, the Courier Journal mailed letters to candidates who are in contested races and asked them to fill out an online survey.

Below are the responses from the candidates for House District 43.

View the source for this page as well as the responses for all the House races at the Courier's website.

43rd District


Address:  314 N. Hubbards Lane, Louisville 

No information submitted. 


JOHN HICKS, Libertarian

Age: 34 

Age: 72

Address:1510 West Chestnut Street, Louisville

Address: 2729 Northwestern Parkway, Louisville

Occupation: Development director and policy analyst

Occupation: IT Consultant

Political Posts: None

Political posts: None

Education: Law degree, University of Louisville; Bachelor's, University of Louisville

Education: Bachelor's, Stetson University


Contact: 502-213-0428;;

Why are you the most qualified candidate running for this office? 

As a lifelong resident of the 43rd District, I have stood for our families and worked in local, state, and federal government. I am experienced in building statewide coalitions and working across party lines to deliver results. Our children and families need bold, experienced leadership. That is who I am.

  • Two major careers (IT and news publishing), which involved working with different businesses, large and small, in multiple industries;  

  • the moderate in 3-man race;  

  • independent of big money and establishment influence; 

  • taught in Jefferson County schools;  

  • have a broad education in history, political science, and economics. 

If elected, what would be your top priority? 

My central priority is empowering every voice in our community to truly build a democracy that values everyone. That includes creating a district office, community task forces, and developing policy agendas with the community. I am focused on criminal justice reform, educational equity, economic empowerment, civil rights, health and equality.

I will use my unique position as a Libertarian representing the most gerrymandered district in the state to advocate for radical electoral reform using instant-runoff voting and multi-member districts to achieve true proportional representation in the Legislature. This will eliminate gerrymandering and reduce the importance of money in campaigns.

Regarding public education, do you support charter schools, vouchers and higher state standards? 

I oppose any measure or proposal that undermines and prevents full, equitable funding of our public schools. I will also stand against measures that harm the most vulnerable children of my district.

Students should be able to choose from a variety of options in education based on their interests and abilities. This could include magnet and charter schools, vouchers, home schooling systems and other options not yet thought of.

How would you solve Kentucky’s revenue and pension problems? 

We need transparency and accountability in our pension system, a modernized tax system, and leadership to create new revenue. I support proposals such as Rep. Kay's Kentucky Promise Plan and KFTC's Kentucky Forward Plan.

(These are two separate issues.) Pensions for current and retired employees must be honored in full using current resources. To avoid future problems, the state, like private industry, should gradually transition to employee-managed plans.