With all the excitement and energy surrounding the bigger races, it’s always good to pause and consider some of the smaller down-ticket races. So, when you head into the booth to vote for Jack Conway and Don Blevins and Jim Gray and after you’ve skipped over Ben Chandler… down the ticket you’ll find the PVA race.
Jay Whitehead is trying to unseat David O’Neill, the current Property Valuation Administrator who’s been endorsed by Lexington’s Realtors and the local Home Builders Association as well as the Herald-Leader’s editorial board. But enough about David, let’s take two seconds to get to know Jay Whitehead.
Whitehead used to work for Mayor Teresa Isaac. As such, TI’s supporting his campaign — all good and fine, they’re friends, friends stick together.
Whitehead’s got some other friends, too, and some of them aren’t so good and fine.
Jay Whitehead is running for office to lower taxes on Sports Utility Vehicles. SUVs guzzle gas and they cost a lot of money and since their well-to-do owners have already blown lots of money at the car dealership and the gas pump, they deserve a healthy tax break and Whitehead wants to give it to them.
Among those supporting Whitehead’s Gas Guzzling Campaign…
- RENEE TRUE — The former PVA who employed her whole family on the public dime and sought to pay herself twice over with public funds is back and pushing Whitehead for the seat. After losing the primary she up and quit the Democratic Party just to show us all who was boss. The party has been barely functional ever since… I don’t know how any of us have continued on.
- THE REPUBLICAN PARTY — It’s a partisan race and Whitehead’s trying to cut taxes for Suburban Attack Vehicles, so of course the Republican Party’s on board. Aside from Larry Forgy, Whitehead’s also seeing support from the Fayette County Republican Executive Committee and the Fatette County Republican Women’s Club.
- WARREN ROGERS — Or more specifically, Warren’s wife. She’s thrown Whitehead some money. Warren, of course, is the maxed-out Newberry donor who heads up the KY Club for Growth, was instrumental in killing Teresa Isaac’s bid to buy the water company and then profited off KAWC’s ridiculous Newberry-supported pipeline plan as a contractor.
- ED LANE – When he’s not cracking skulls on the city council on behalf of Jim Newberry or attempting to throw reporters out of Rand Paul press conferences, Ed Lane’s throwing moola at Jay Whitehead.
Also worth knowing, Jay is a fan of Dan Fogelerg and “The Lee Atwater Story.” His yard signs, as you may have noticed, are replicas of the old George W. Bush campaign logo — they are black with white lettering that says simply: “J FOR PVA.”