Jason Steffen

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Jason Steffen
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Former candidate for
Kentucky State Senate, District 24
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolHighlands High School
Bachelor'sNorthern Kentucky University
Master'sXavier University
ProfessionBusiness owner/educator
Campaign website
Jason Michael Steffen was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 24 of the Kentucky State Senate.[1]


Campaign themes


Steffen's website highlighted the following campaign themes:


Support Education Excellence Kentucky (SEEK), the state funding formula for local school districts, has been frozen since 2008, even though expenditures and enrollment have increased. This has led to local Boards of Education having to increase local taxes to off-set the states responsibility in funding K-12 education. Kentucky currently ranks 38th in per pupil spending.

It is the legislatures' responsibility to support K-12 education by fully funding SEEK. In addition, it is imperative to fund universal preschool to all 4 year olds and state-funded all-day Kindergarten. This will ensure that Kentucky children are competitive with other states in academic success. In recent surveys, Kentucky has improved from 34th to 14th in K-12 education and we cannot afford to lose the gains that have been made in our schools' academic success.

Out of the 8 public state universities in Kentucky, Northern Kentucky University is funded below the average of the other state universities. This is in contrast to the fact that graduation rates at Northern Kentucky University is one of the highest of all public universities in the state.

It is time that Northern Kentucky University receives funding on par with that of the other 7 state universities. I support the plan proposed by university presidents that figure university funding on criteria, including graduation rate. This would put NKU in the a position to add programs and keep tuition rates stable.

Economic Development

Northern Kentucky is a developing economic engine for the state. With this being said, Boone and Kenton Counties have received the largest amounts of highway funding to improve state highways through those counties to improve transportation and attract business development.

Funding has already been secured for the extension of the AA Highway into Newport, which will attract business development in the corridor between I-275, through Wilder and up to the Ovation Development. The next transportation goal is to create an East-West connection through Northern Kentucky via KY 536. Expansion of KY 536 has begun in Boone and Kenton County. The need to receive state approval and funding for the expansion in Campbell County is needed to open a thru access from US 27 to I-75/I-71.

Expanded Gaming

Tourism is a key service industry for Kentucky. Northern Kentucky is prime for tourism development due to its proximity to Cincinnati. Kentucky dollars continue to leave the state to casinos and entertainment destination in adjacent states. It is time for Kentucky to keep its entertainment dollars and attract revenue from out of state guest. These increased revenues will be used to fund education programs for Kentucky students.[2][3]



See also: Kentucky State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Kentucky State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 28, 2014. Jason Michael Steffen ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Wil Schroder defeated Deb Sheldon and Brandon N. Voelker in the Republican primary. Schroder defeated Steffen in the general election.[1][4][5]

Kentucky State Senate, District 24 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWil Schroder 61.7% 21,792
     Democratic Jason Steffen 38.3% 13,547
Total Votes 35,339

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