What makes you the most qualified candidate for Urban County Council from your District?
Because, I served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Thorn DD-988 on a Spruance Class Destroyer and was part of the Six Fleet. I believe the voice of the people to govern and make city government work. I am very actively engaged with the public and like people. Also. I am a college senior at the University of Kentucky and understand families and want to keep family together. I am going to become a Nurse Assistant and want people to stay well. I have just completed a 4 year term as a Environmental Commissioner and want to live in a safe in environment. I have had some security training as a civilian and as a Navy Seaman and believe that all lives matter. I am the most qualified candidate, because I want to make sure that everyone’s needs are met and that everybody has food, water, and shelter. If all these things I have mentioned are hard to accomplish within the community we will come up with a solution that everybody agrees on, and let the community to be self sustaining.
What do you see as the highest priority issue facing your district, and how will you address it?
The highest priorities is the increase of shootings and that I will closely talk with the Police Chief and get his by in and get his expertise to get things done. I would like new Police Recruits to be experts in de escalation and crises intervention and that all Trainees have high levels of training and have higher grades. Furthermore, we need to address the problems of our infrastructure and reduce traffic flow and carbon dioxide going into the air and have a work release program for grounds keepers from the jail to help out with city road sides pickup trash and have environmental study classes. Also, I would ask that Law Enforcement Officers in my district to be more stricter on drunken driving. Basically, make our communities safer and balance the budget.
A primary purpose of the Urban Service Boundary is to permit new development within Lexington while safeguarding rural areas. As our population increases, this Boundary is continually challenged by the desire for development and the need for housing and public facilities. How would you protect the balance between urban growth and rural protection and preservation?
The first thing we need to do is repair the structures that need to be repaired and decide what building need to be torn down. This will allow more housing opportunities that is affordable to working poor. I would like to see adequate housing even for the homeless while keeping our historical structures intact. I would like to see people live closer to the downtown area. If we can slow down the growth of city by down sizing and make a little more room in in our downtown area inside the circle. Once our technically increases the city can start expanding again and create different sections within each district that would allow for more green spaces, trash pick-up, new structures, grocery stores, access to clean water, Basically, only expand what the city needs.. I don’t want my district too crowded.
Many citizens in the region lack private transportation and rely on accessible, reliable, safe, and affordable public transportation. What measures do you support to meet the needs of a growing population in Lexington, Fayette County and adjacent counties that requires public transportation for jobs, medical care, groceries, and other needs?
The best way to improve transportation of our growing population is to expand LuxTran and help have less vehicles on the road. This would create less carbon dioxide in the air and reduce noise pollution. This would create more jobs and LuxTran would be able to provide more services if we expand the bus routes. Furthermore, they can reduce the fare, so that ridership could increase. Also, have more programs for low income people and better access to public transportation. Moreover, taxi cabs could reduce their fares a little and make it easier for people to travel. Basically, reduce the price of public transportation and expand to make more revenue.. The more riders you have would mean more money into our cities economy. The more revenue would be circulating.
Crime rates, including violent crime, are increasing in our community. Some cities address youth crime using trauma-informed systems that go beyond incarceration and attend to the core of violence by providing rehabilitation and support that address mental health and trauma-abuse history. How would you work to build and fund such holistic programs?
I would have a Volunteer Police Department that would be working along side with the paid Law Enforcement Officers that could reduce man hours and allow the city to spend less on police protection, like Volunteer Fire Fighter’s, and the police would have the same training. All that would be paid for is their training, equipment, meals, and uniforms. Then if spots open up they can be paid as a Law Enforcement Officers at different pay grades that open up. I think we need to focus on being community centered and that each district needs to be more self-sustaining and I would have well trained organized neighborhood watches to help assist the different Law Environment Agencies and the safety of the community means everyone in our district’s together as a whole. The only way the to reduce crime for Law Enforcement Officers to get to know the community and talk with people more and help troubled kids and young adult when it is safe in plain clothes. The police can use neighborhoods with gangs to keep peace on the right side of the law.
Lack of affordable housing and its connection to poverty, crime, poor physical and mental health, and poor educational outcomes is well-documented. In Lexington, thousands of families pay more than 50% of their income on rent, while others live in substandard housing or are homeless. What measures do you support to address affordable housing in the community?
I feel that landlords are taking advantage of the poor. They are fixing up their property and this causes renters who are poor to end up homeless and have to move to poorer neighborhoods. Also as rent goes up the families have to decide weather they are going to pay for medication or food. Oftentimes, the poor end up getting evicted and have to spend their savings on a cheap motel and the Sheriffs Department has to serve papers on them and they end up homeless. Everybody should have the right to affordable housing. Also, a lot the lower income people are effected by lead poison and need repairs on their home, because the landlord does not fix up their property. I feel there should be laws what what landlords can not and can do. Also, make it easier for low income people to own a home.