Agriculture & Food Systems Developing a local food economy that supports our farmers and provides reliable access to healthy, safe, locally grown food, including collaboration with our surrounding counties.
Development & Housing Our greatest challenge is protecting and preserving our rural heritage while also ensuring affordable housing for all segments of our community, but especially for those whose wages are insufficient to pay for safe and adequate housing.
Economic Development We have an unemployment level that is close to what most economists consider full employment. Some sectors, such as restaurant work and building trades, have trouble finding sufficient workers. Despite all that we have segments of our community with unacceptably high unemployment levels.
Development & Housing The renovation of the Lexington Convention Center and affordable housing.
Economic Development Working with Commerce Lexington to help create and retain jobs.
Public Safety (Reducing) the increase in violent crime and opioids. We must provide our police with all the necessary equipment to combat these problems. Moreover, we must continue to put an emphasis on community policing. Furthermore, we need to eventually create a 4th sector so police do not have such a large geographical area on the east end to cover.
Agriculture & Food Systems I believe there is tremendous potential for hemp production in Fayette County, which will positively impact our agricultural economy in the years ahead. I will work with the new administration, my council colleagues and UK to establish a hemp processing facility in Fayette County. I envision a facility similar to the new Bluegrass Stockyards.
Arts & Culture I voted to dedicate 1% of our annual bonding budget to the arts, which will result in approximately $300,000 of funding specifically for arts in our community. I think dedicated funding at this level will be a game changer for arts and culture in Lexington. The next step is to create an arts masterplan and bring a good team together to determine the best use of the funding to have the greatest impact on Lexington.
Economic Development I always say jobs=economic development, and while there is record-low overall, there are areas of Fayette County that are at 20-30% unemployment. At the same time, we need to address a shortage of skilled trade workers in our building, construction and manufacturing sectors. I support training and educational programs specifically geared to bring the folks who are unemployed to the employers who need them. We have plenty of high paying jobs in the skilled trades and plenty of people we can train to fill these jobs.
Arts & Culture I plan to continue to promote the arts in the 1st District and throughout our city. Advocate for equitable funding for the arts, in addition to providing access to instruction and opportunities for inspiring artist.
Education I see the lack of parent engagement in our district schools as a factor in not every child reaching their full potential. I plan to continue to support our families in neighborhoods with our community partner initiatives (Winburn Community Partners/East End Community Partners). This collaborative is design to work with neighborhood focused organizations, schools, residents and groups to improve the quality of life in a community.
General Governance City government as can be confusing and intimidating to citizens, who don't know their way around building. I plan to work with CivicLex to help address these challenges and work to be more transparent and engaging.
Economic Development As a small business owner, I understand what it would take for me to relocate and expand my business. I will work with local companies to help utilize the resources in place to grow their businesses and to highlight them in the district. I will do this by creating a business network that educates neighbors on the surrounding commerce to keep buinsess local.I will work to revitalize business parks that are already in place and work to provide new opporunities for growth.
Education I will work to find the location to build a high school, offering students the opportunity to recieve their education in the district and allowing for additional extra curricular activites instead of additional traveling. I will champion to bring back programs like DARE to our schools and for after school. Education is pivital for all and the key to a great city. The opportunities to learn and better our education is programs to keep our youth busy.
Public Safety I believe that community based policing is important to not only the adults to know who their police officers are, but for children to see police in the community also. This also allows for the officers to understand the needs of the community and better ways that we can serve each other. I will work to ensure the safety of panhandlers through legislation that will provide a means for income away from traffic.
Development & Housing We need more affordable housing for low-income people. We also need more housing downtown for people who are not poor but can't live in the expensive condos that take up so much of the housing scene. If we want downtown to thrive we need to get more people living there.
General Governance I think the city is generally governed well. But the budgeting process is too top-down. I would like to see more of the budget allocated to the Council Districts so the Council Member with the citizens could decide priorities for the district.
Public Health Mosquitoes and Hepatitis are immediate concerns. But in the long run I think obesity, and the related problems like are heart disease and diabetes are most important. This is a complex issue which the local government can have limited impact on. (I am the Council representative on the Board of Health and address all these issues in that capacity.) But I think we can contribute by improving conditions for walkers and bikers, and advocating for our Parks and Recreation department.
Education I am encouraged by and support Fayette County Public Schools 10-Point Safety Investment Plan. I have strongly suggested there be a serious level of transparency for the use of taxpayers dollars for this Plan and glad that Fayette County Public Schools is publishing a status tracker with timelines, budgets and measures of progress. I will work with Superintendent Caulk and school principals to ensure our schools remain safe.
Public Health I believe opioids, alcohol/drug abuse and mental health problems are very prevalent issues. I fully support Mental Health Court which is an effective way to bring people up and out of addiction and mental health problems. We must continue identifying grant funding opportunities such as the recent $2 million over four years for the First Responders & Community Partners Overdose Prevention Project. We just completed an Opioids Misuse Resource and Needs Assessment so that will help us identify next steps also.
Public Safety Drug addictions cause numerous public safety issues including personal property break-ins and vehicle thefts. Neighborhood cut-through traffic is also a public safety issue when drivers are not obeying the speed limits and stop signs. We continue to educate neighbors about best practices to prevent vehicular break-ins and thefts. We encourage neighbors to report break-ins and thefts to the police so they can increase patrol as a deterrent. We request increased police patrol on neighborhood streets during peak hours for traffic safety and continue discussing traffic calming with our Div. of Traffic Engineering.
Education The principle education-related issue facing the Council is the safety and security of our children as they travel to and from school. As Lexington continues to grow, I do believe we can do a better job communicating and coordinating development with the future needs of Fayette County Schools. We will continue to emphasize police presence in and around schools as we have done in the past.
Public Safety The opioid crisis and crime in general will continue to be our most challenging public safety issue. I have been one of the Council’s most outspoken advocates for additional police officers, fire fighters and funding for the equipment they need to do their jobs. My plan is to continue to promote effective communications between citizens and law enforcement and find ways to help them do their jobs. I am also committed to finding more answers to the opioid crisis in treatment and prevention programs.
Transportation Road maintenance and traffic planning are issues our community must continue to deal with on an ongoing basis. Both directly impact the safety of all people and vehicles using our right of ways.
Development and Housing We need to ensure that we are adequately investing in new affordable housing developments as well as renovating aging units. In the absence of present landlords it is imperative to work with neighborhood association leaders and neighbors to develop relationships with landlords/tenants, as available, and encourage their engagement in the neighborhood’s culture and vitality.
Economic Development The North New Circle Corridor has become underutilized in the last decades and is an ideal area for revitalization and new investment in diverse businesses and entertainment. I believe the time is ripe for re-investment in this corridor.
Public Safety The Neighborhood Resource Officer Program is essential to developing and maintaining positive relationships between the community and the Lexington Police Department and I will encourage the expansion of this program.
Development & Housing Our city has a housing shortage, but most notably an affordable housing shortage. Affordable housing is a passion of mine. My private law practice focuses on the financing and development of affordable housing. As a Councilmember I have championed and supported the funding of offices and programs to address homelessness prevention, affordable housing development, and neighborhoods in transition. I will continue to support and fight for expansion of the LFUCG Affordable Housing Trust Fund that has leveraged approximately $100 million in affordable housing development.
General Governance As Councilmember, I have advocated for expansion of our police and fire departments, improvements to our roads and sidewalk infrastructure, and continued investment in our parks. I will continue to advocate for those issues that I believe to be the most important all while keeping a watchful eye on our budget to ensure that we are spending the City's money responsibly.
Public Safety My number one priority is the continued investment in public safety. Public safety is the biggest and most important challenge facing all of our city, the 7th District included. I supported increases to both our police and fire departments this past year. In the coming year, I will support a larger police force and the creation of a new patrol sector, as well as the continued investment in our fire and emergency medical services.
Public Safety Community policing is very important in the 8th Council District. We need to support police presence and reduce violent crime, especially drug-related crime. I support creating a 4th police sector roll call center to cut down on response times and increase public safety all over Fayette County.
Transportation We need to continue to improve on traffic issues and funding the city’s infrastructure- streets, sidewalks and curbs. Infrastructure upgrades revitalizes neighborhoods, which is very important. A great example in the 8th district is the sidewalk project coming to Armstrong Mill Road in 2019.
General Governance We must maintain a responsible budget that allows our community to grow and prosper. The city must improve our financial responsibility in the areas of debt management and bonding capacity.
Public Safety I remain committed to investing in our police, fire, and corrections as necessary to ensure we continue to have the largest, best trained, and best equipped police force possible. I will continue to provide the residents with the expertise of the police, and ensure that citizen’s calls are responded to by the police department in an appropriate and timely manner. Every resident and their family members should feel safe and secure in their home.
Transportation Raising traffic congestion is an inescapable challenge in large and growing metropolitan areas like Lexington.A balanced transportation system is essential. Optimizing traffic-light management, using CCTV to monitor road conditions, enforcing existing traffic laws, improving perceptions of buses, improving bus services, developing and refining park-and-ride are just some of the things needed to help ease traffic congestion- and many of those things we are already doing here in Lexington.
Development & Housing We must continue to strive to provide a diverse mix of housing choices for all stages of life and income ranges. I will work to protect the integrity of all neighborhoods and to make varied housing available.
Economic Development: With about 80% of City revenue coming from payroll taxes, it’s imperative that we foster a strong workforce and local economy. I have championed smart investments of City resources, including the jobs fund and workforce development grants. As our economic needs grow and change, we will need to continue to pursue innovative solutions to support a resilient economy.
Infrastructure— As our City continues to grow, investing in basic infrastructure will remain a high priority. Much of the infrastructure we have now is past its useful life and cannot handle our current needs. I continue to advocate for funding of our roads, sewer & stormwater systems, parks, trails and sidewalks, and I insist on logical, informed decisions when pursuing these projects.
Public Safety—Creating a safe environment in our parks, our neighborhoods, and across the City is local government’s first job. The largest portion of the City’s budget annually is dedicated to funding public safety, and it is important that we continue to provide our law enforcement officers and first responders with the resources they need to best serve our community.
Development & Housing Our residents want to maintain the balance and diversity that gives our community its character. As councilwoman, I will have tough conversations regarding development and work with code enforcement, managers, owners, and developers to raise the standard on the quality of housing in the district and discourage illegal activity. I will use my bridge building skills to navigate these discussions because making sure everyone has a safe place to live is important in creating a thriving community.
Immigration Welcoming immigrants into our community is important for a healthy Lexington. I believe the biggest issue is the fragmentation of people of different ethnicities. I want to bring people together to tackle common issues. Only when we can communicate with one another we can solve the complex issues of our community.
Public Safety Lack of communication in our district is our biggest challenge. I have been a part of conversations recently and plan to host more opportunities for open dialogue between officers and residents to bridge the communication gaps that currently exist so that we can work together to prevent and stop crime.
Economic Development Attracting jobs, especially from the tech industry, to the area. The annual contract with Commerce Lexington leads this charge and they have done a good job for us. The recent acquisition of 250 acres within the Urban Service Boundary via a land swap with the University of Kentucky will also make a difference with our future economic development.
Education School safety and building a closer relationship between city government and the school system. In light of the ongoing shootings in our country’s schools, we need proactive partnership to protect our children. Council recently had a presentation from Central Office that outlined the 13-million-dollar security plan that is being put in place. I support this effort, although I believe there should be more transparency in the school board decision making process.
Public Safety I believe public safety is the number one priority for any city. I have supported 62% of our annual budget on public safety. We have added 30 more police and will be adding a 4th police sector to assure that our public safety issues are proactively addressed.