Friday, October 24, 2014

Fort Thomas Matters Election Bio: Wil Schroder, Kentucky State Senate

Wil Schroder is running for Kentucky State Senate/Provided


by Wil Schroder
Candidate for Kentucky State Senate 

Wil Schroder for State Senate: Fighting for Kentucky
My name is Wil Schroder, and I am the Republican candidate for the Kentucky State Senate.  I am running for the State Senate because I believe that I can make positive changes in Frankfort to help get our state get back on track.

To understand me, and why I want to be your next State Senator, I think it is important that you know about my background and why I have a passion for public service.


My father, the late Justice Wil Schroder, was a judge for almost thirty years, and as a Court of Appeals Judge and a Kentucky Supreme Court Justice, he represented twenty-one counties including Pendleton, Bracken, and Campbell.  Growing up, he taught me the importance of faith, family, standing up for what you believe in, honesty, and hard work.  By watching him, I was able to see the positive impact one person could make in his community, and I developed a passion for public service.

After graduating from the University of Kentucky and NKU Chase College of Law, I followed in my father’s footsteps and now serve the public as a felony prosecutor in the Campbell County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office.  I have represented the people of Campbell County in hundreds of felony cases and am all too familiar with the heroin epidemic plaguing our community.  I fight daily on behalf of the citizens of this community in the courtroom.  I want to take that experience to Frankfort to work directly on the problems facing our state.

We live in a great state, but in order to remain great, we need to start making progress in a number of areas. My top priorities are fighting the heroin epidemic, creating a more business-friendly environment that will create and keep jobs in Kentucky, and reducing our debt.

As a prosecutor, I can tell you first-hand that the heroin epidemic is a serious problem that cannot be ignored.  It is not only draining our community emotionally, but financially as well.  When I began prosecuting in Campbell County, our office averaged 700 cases a year.  This past year, we had a little over 1,100 cases.  The reason for this increase in the number of cases is mainly because of the heroin epidemic.
I would like to help fight this problem by punishing the traffickers and obtaining more state money for treatment for the users.  The law in Kentucky used to be that if you sold heroin, you would face five to ten years in prison.  This was changed a few years ago, and in many cases, traffickers now only face one to five years.  I believe this was an ill-conceived change in the law, and I would like to see all traffickers punished at the old five to ten year punishment range.  Also, Northern Kentucky is currently receiving less money for treatment than other parts of the state.  Yet, on a national scale, Northern Kentucky is one of the worst areas with respect to the heroin epidemic.  It only makes sense to shift that money to the location where the problem is the most severe.  I will fight to combat the heroin epidemic and will work to ensure that the 24th District gets the resources it needs to address this issue.

I believe that the best way to create revenue is by having a healthy, vibrant economy.  Unfortunately, it seems that almost every month Northern Kentucky misses another opportunity to attract a new business.  Companies continue to choose neighboring states because of their business-friendly atmosphere, which often includes tax incentives to locate to that state.  We currently have an out-of-date tax system that is not business-friendly in today’s modern economy.  As a result, we are losing jobs.  This must change, and I will fight to keep and create jobs in Kentucky.

We also need to get our state budget back on track.  We currently have a pension system that has been described as a “bankruptcy time bomb” and is continually ranked as one of the worst in the nation.  While some progress was made within the past year, I will continue the fight to reduce this debt and for transparency in our pension system.  
I am 100% Pro-Life, a defender of the 2nd Amendment, and want to provide schools with the resources they need to be successful.
I am a lifelong Northern Kentuckian and am married to my high school sweetheart, Marci.  We reside in Wilder and are active members of the Next Chapter Church in Cold Spring where we served as youth group leaders and where I often play guitar in the worship band.

All of the necessary changes mentioned above will not happen overnight and will require hard work and dedication to be implemented.  The 24th State Senate District needs someone who can dedicate countless hours trying to find solutions to the problems our great Commonwealth is facing. I believe I am that person and ask that on November 4th you give me that opportunity by voting for me.

If you would like to contact me or learn more about me, please visit my website at WilSchroder.com or email me at wil@wilschroder.com.  As your next State Senator, I promise that I will do what I believe is best for the people of Pendleton, Bracken and Campbell counties every time!

Endorsements Include:
Kentucky Right to Life PAC
Campbell County Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 10
Associated General Contractors of Kentucky PAC
Political Housing Club of NKY

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