Massie Campaign Announces ‘Small Businesses Leadership’ Coalition Members

Small, independent owner-operators favor Massie


FLORENCE, Kentucky –The Thomas Massie for Congress Campaign announced today the “Small Businesses Leadership” coalition to give a voice to voters who are also key employers and contributors to the local economy.

“As a Northern Kentucky business owner I have watched over the past 32 years as government regulations have handcuffed the small businessman, and Thomas Massie understands this issue. He is a business man himself, not a career politician. He has shown that he knows how to fight big government. He is the person I want representing me in Washington,” said Barry Jolly, owner of a plumbing company in Campbell County.

“Thomas Massie has an appreciation for many of the difficulties facing small businesses, and he would represent them with fairness and honesty. We need common sense restored in our government instead of more legislative finger-pointing, stalemating and greed for political power. Thomas can help give us a hope of better days to come for our country, its citizens and our future generations,” said David Griffith, of Greenup County.

Mr. Griffith is a principal at a public accounting firm with 25 employees, located in Ashland, Boyd County.

“Thomas Massie is the only candidate in this race who understands what makes the economy work – because he is the only candidate who understands what it takes to start, run and grow a business. Thomas Massie will go to Washington to solve the problems caused by the professional politicians. He knows what it’s like to meet a payroll and balance a budget. The founding fathers dreamed of a citizen legislator who would serve briefly in Washington, and then return home to their work and their employments. That dream is all but dead, but we have a chance to revive it with the election of Thomas Massie,” said Rob Ratterman, of Kenton County.

Mr. Ratterman is the founder of, a leading developer of high-end web applications for some of the world’s largest corporations. The firm has been in business for ten years, and employs a staff of twenty.

“As a small business owner in the mining field, we are faced with more and more challenges by our Federal Government with EPA regulations, Obama-Care, and higher costs of doing business such as fuel. Thomas Massie will fight for small businesses to provide less government interference so my business can be successful – not only for my family, but for the families of the twelve men who work with me. Thomas Massie is a true fiscal conservative with a proven record of reducing taxes, not creating new ones,” said Russell Sparks, of Boone County.

Mr. Sparks is the owner of Sparks Contractors, Inc., specializing in heavy industrial construction, assembling mining equipment on-site. Sparks Contractors will be celebrating 25 years of operation next month.

“Thomas Massie is the best candidate to work for bringing new business to our area and to get rid of job killing government policies and over-taxation,” said Brian Painter, owner of Vineyard Hardwoods in Campbell County.

Mr. Painter has been in business since 2004, and specializes in cabinetry and custom commercial millwork.

“As a small business owner that has suffered as a direct result of President Obama’s policies, I support Thomas Massie because he is not a professional politician but a fellow business owner that has recently entered politics to change the corrupt climate fostered by the government. Thomas Massie knows the challenges of having to work through the maze of useless government bureaucracy, just for permission to create jobs,” said Chuck Kimberl, of Oldham County.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms, employ just over half of all private sector workers and pay 44 percent of total U.S. private payroll. Over the past 15 years small businesses have generated 64 percent of all net new jobs, and they contribute to more than half of the nonfarm private gross domestic product (GDP).

SBA defines a small business concern as one that typically employs fewer than 500 workers, is independently owned and operated, is organized for profit and is not dominant in its field.

Thomas Massie earned two engineering degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He and his wife Rhonda founded SensAble Technologies, Inc., based on his invention that made computers easier to use, and together they raised over $32 million of venture capital, created 70 jobs, and obtained 24 patents.

In 2010, Massie won the race for Lewis County Judge Executive. In the first nine months of his administration, he eliminated enough wasteful government spending to pay his first three years’ salary as Judge Executive.

As a first basic step, those wanting to join the “Small Businesses Leadership Advisory Coalition” should visit

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