Vitalis Lanshima - Why I am Running

 

Every elected official has a sacred obligation to work tirelessly to positively enhance the quality of life of citizens.  However, many citizens perceive the County Clerk’s office as administrative and bureaucratic, and as a result, party does not matter. I believe this is a myopic perception of the enormous role that the County Clerk plays in each of our lives. The Jefferson County Clerk in particular is in a position to advocate for technology and policy improvements at the local and state level that will enhance the citizen’s quality of life, save people time, make life easier, save money, and enhance the social justice and our participation in the democratic process.

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Gay Marriage: Big Win for Supporters

john-heyburn.jpgAll eyes and ears were on Judge John G. Heyburn for the ruling on the ban of gay marriage in Kentucky last week. The country overwhelmingly supports same-sex unions by an astounding 59%. This populous consensus, however, does not stop the heavy hand of conservatives from trying to abolish it.

In February, Judge Heyburn ruled that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. Far-right conservatives cried foul. Conservative Jefferson County Clerk, Bobbie Holsclaw took it step further and directed employees not to comply. This policy to disregard court ruling before a stay was issued denied citizens such as “Renee Harlow, who was legally married to her spouse in Massachusetts” the ability to “change the deed to their home to say they owned it as a married couple”.ᶟ

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Democrat Vitalis Lanshima Announces Candidacy for Jefferson County Clerk

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A local educator and former paralympian is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge longtime Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw in next year’s election.

Vitalis Lanshima was born in Nigeria and emigrated to the U.S. in 2002 as a student-athlete at Bellarmine University.

He announced his intentions to run Monday, and is the first declared challenger in the clerk’s race against Holsclaw, who is a Republican.

Lanshima says the county needs a clerk who will be more vocal on voting rights and other civic issues.

"The county clerk is supposed to be the chief civic advocate for this community. And we have issues that have to deal with voter disenfranchisement," he says.

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FLYING WITHOUT WINGS: No hands, but what feet for Bellarmine sprinter

Vitalis11.jpgThe Courier-Journal  -- When you walk into the basement office of Bellarmine University's track and field team, you'll find Vitalis Lanshima wearing sweat pants, a T-shirt and what seems to be a perpetual smile.

It's a demeanor befitting someone who recently ran the 100-meter dash in 11.08 seconds to break the world record for a double-arm amputee.

That's not just fast for someone with a disability. It ranks second-best this season in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. According to commissioner Jim Naumovich, Lanshmia is thought to be the GLVC's only physically handicapped track athlete.

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