Gregory Dale Welch for United States Senate 2014
United states senate in KY http://gregorydalewelch.wordpress.com
Primary Election Date: 2014-05-20 General Election Date: 2014-11-04
Who am I?
Hello, I'm Greg Welch. I'm the son of a self-employed roofer, and disabled veteran, and a stay at home mom. I was raised in between two hills and a little creek rolling out back. I grew up learning the rights and wrongs of life from a hard working mother and father, chasing the neighbor's mules and getting lost in the woods. I've never done without, but there have been some hard times both back then and present. It shaped me into who I am, played its part in defining me, and truth is, it continues to. I'm currently a full time student at the University of Kentucky, working on an English degree, and becoming a more active and in tune part of my community and the groups seeking and promoting change here in Lexington. I'm an avid reader, a writer, and an outdoors kind of guy. Not much beats a country road, especially on a summer night with plenty of stars. I have a long love affair with Kentucky, born here, raised here, and plenty of ancestral connections here. My roots are long, and my love for this place and its people are even longer. I want to see Kentucky rise up and be the leader it's been in the past, I want to see it show the nation what we Kentuckians really are made of, cause that's who I am down deep, a native son of Kentucky and a proud one at that.
Why am I running?
I'm running for office because it's time someone who has actually lived the middle income life goes to bat for fellow middle incomers and the bottom 98%. It's time that someone who grew up in a lower middle income family puts their life experience to work and dares to demand social justice and a genuine change. I'm running for the folks I grew up around, for my mother and father who are both living on a tight fixed income, and my father who is a disabled veteran only wanting what he has rightfully earned many times over, I'm running for the ones no one else will have a meal with let alone invest in or truly fight for. I'm the guy that will stand up to any challenge, any opposition, any situation no matter how big, bad, or tough and will say what needs saying for those I stand beside and hope to be the voice of. I'm running for them.
The four core principles of my campaign, and the four core principles I stand behind and will proudly promote, foster, get behind, and push bills forward on are: Equality, Justice, Health, and Education. I will seek out other Senators and leaders with similar values and see what bills they are advancing and how I can get behind them, contribute to them, or help them advance. I realize two things about initiating genuine and long lasting change, it isn't easy but always worth it if on the right side of history, and number two, it can't be done by a single person, it requires a team and group effort.
My DFA Values
The four promises I have made in the previous question fit quite well in the three values promoted by the DFA team. I stand for community both large and local alike, I proudly advocate equality and fairness for all, I believe in thinking outside the box and seeking a better budget not only for our sake but for our children and grandchildren's sake, I firmly believe the age of aggression should be in our history books and not sitting as a first option on our negotiating tables. We live on a small and already wobbling world, we need to learn how to lead through positive examples and how to fit in the wider community that is our world...peaceably as possible.
My Campaign is People Powered!
My campaign is a small and humble one at the moment, we do quite a bit online, reaching out to like minded groups, establishing contacts and seeking to pull together many differing groups for the common cause of real progress, real change, right now. I'm always seeking out new opportunities to connect with like minded people fighting for the same issues and helping them see how they and their group can pull in with me and my campaign for the bigger picture changes and the long term goals that are common to us all. I am a proud supporter of team effort and group building, it's not about me or any politician at the end of the day, it's always first and foremost about the people we either represent or seek to represent. Period.