(Leitchfield, KY) - “I can’t think of a single legislative bill that dealt with job creation,” said Stephen Meredith, former CEO of Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center, as he spoke to the Grayson County Rotary Club on Tuesday, July 23, 2013.
Meredith has announced his bid for Kentucky State Representative, which is currently represented by C.B. Embry (R-Morgantown). Meredith said with the redistricting to be determined in Aug. 2013 by a special legislative session, he isn’t sure technically which district he is running for, but he is ready to represent Grayson County.
Two reasons Meredith cited for making a decision to be involved in politics. He recited Biblical scripture Luke 12:48, “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more,” (KJV). Meredith said he was moved to Grayson County, from Louisville, when he was three years old and called it a true blessing; saying the direction he received by “local folks” was a true blessing.
The second reason he cited was the economy, calling it the biggest problem facing Kentucky. “The state legislature meets every year. Each session, for some reason, there are over 700 bills that they consider; very few make it to law, thank goodness. Why would you focus on 700 things instead of focusing on the most important thing to this Commonwealth? I can’t think of a senior legislative bill that focuses on job creation.”
Meredith said, no matter your party affiliation, you should be asking your politicians and candidates the direct question, “What are you going to do to create jobs in Kentucky?”
Meredith was passionate and thorough answering questions by the audience before him.
He said he is in favor of term limits for politicians, vowing to only serve four terms. He said he was in favor of drug testing the recipients of welfare benefits, the right to bear arms, build jobs for Kentucky and reform state government.
Meredith has two sons, one who has obtained a law degree and another who is finishing his last year of medical school; he said his children received a great education in the public school system, where his wife works as a teacher at Clarkson Elementary. He said he would have to investigate charter schools more, when asked if he supported such, and said he believes public schools are character and social building for children.
Meredith said he wanted to represent the middle class, touted his business experience and 30 years as CEO of Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center and said his leadership skills are reason to vote for him.
Meredith graduated from Leitchfield High School in 1971, Western Kentucky University in 1975 with Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting and Business Administration and the University of Minnesota in 1986 with a Masters degree in Hospital Administration. He recently retired from the Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center after 30 years as an award winning hospital administrator. He has served on numerous Boards of Directors and civic groups throughout the state as well as locally.