Citing his concern for working families’ continued struggle to recover from the economic recession and Kentucky’s “spiraling financial decline,” Stephen L. Meredith, of Leitchfield, formally announced on Monday, Dec. 7 his intentions to enter the 2016 race for the Kentucky State Senate to represent the 5th District.
The 5th District consists of Breckinridge, Edmonson, Grayson, Hart, Larue, and Meade Counties.
Having spent most of his life as a resident of Grayson County, Meredith has been an active member of his community, and has worked to make the region a better place to live, work, and raise a family, according to a news release.
He has an accomplished record of job creation, economic development, educational advancement, and improving health care accessibility for the citizens of this region of the state, the release states.
Meredith said that, like many of the district’s constituents, he is concerned about the state government’s lack of understanding and attention to the daily struggles families in Kentucky are experiencing in paying their bills, ensuring an education for their children, and adequately funding their own future retirement.
He also said he understands the failure of Frankfort to properly address the mounting financial crisis facing Kentucky, which has already resulted in massive funding cuts to many of services vital to the state’s citizens, is only making a critical situation worse.
Meredith said he is running for this office because he believes working men and women need and deserve a voice in Frankfort greater than that of special interest groups.
Stephen Meredith is married to Karen Elizabeth Peerce Meredith, a second grade teacher at Clarkson Elementary School, and they have two sons. Their eldest son is Chad Meredith, who is married to the former Rebekah Link, of Leitchfield. Chad Meredith is an attorney and was recently appointed as the deputy general counsel to Governor Matt Bevin. Stephen and Karen Meredith’s youngest son is Dr. Bryce Meredith, who is married to the former Kellie Wilber, of Mayfield. Bryce Meredith is completing his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Kentucky, and he and his wife intend to return to Grayson County upon completion of his residency. Stephen and Karen Meredith are also the proud grandparents of 5-year-old twins, Stephen Benjamin and Elizabeth Grace Meredith, their 3-year-old sister, Emma Catherine Meredith, and their 16-month-old cousin, Addison Kate Meredith.
Stephen 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 retired in 2013 from Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center after 30 years as an award winning hospital administrator, according to the release.
Following retirement, Stephen Meredith has voluntarily served as the Program Coordinator in the effort to have Grayson County designated as a Kentucky Work Ready Community, and the county successfully achieving the Kentucky Work Ready In Progress status this past September. He is presently serving as the Vice President of the Grayson County Alliance and will assume the office of President in January; as a member of the committee to construct the American Legion Veterans Memorial; and as the Chairperson for the Elizabethtown Community and Technical College Foundation. Throughout his career, he has also served on numerous Boards of Directors and civic groups throughout the state as well as locally.
For further information about his campaign, Stephen Meredith encourages voters to email him at [email protected] or call him personally at 270-230-3301 with comments, questions, and concerns.