As with most of Lexington, I feel that the single largest issue facing my district is that of affordable housing. When I am elected to the council I hope to reinforce existing policies like the Affordable Housing Fund and look for partnerships in the community to help address this issue citywide.
The city budget is a large concern of mine, and I am looking forward to diving into the details. I have not had enough exposure to the daily operations of the LFUCG, but with my experience dealing with funds of this magnitude, I am hopeful that I can find new and creative ways to create a sustainable path forward for our community.
With the cost of living increasing every day, I think it is important that we evaluate all of our policies for both intended and unintended consequences. I do not know of any specific implementations that are at issue currently, but when talking about the growth of our city, I think we should enact policy with an eye towards making sure that our community is a home for everyone.
I think the city should take an active role in planning for its development into the future. To this end we need to enact policies that make sure we protect our most economically vulnerable populations, while simultaneously stimulating economic growth to create the revenue to sustain them.
I believe that economic growth is the cornerstone to providing more and better services to our community. As a council member I will look to support policies which create lasting partnerships in the private sector that focus on creating and maintaining growth, especially during this time of recovery from the COVID pandemic.
In Lexington we are very fortunate to have a justice system that has already implemented the majority of the best practices available. Most of the issues that other cities across the nation are looking to reform have been standard practice here for some time. I believe that if our goal is to increase how equitable our justice system is, we need to ensure that programs like our paramedicine group are given the resources they need to continue to develop in the positive direction they are headed.
I strongly support the affordable housing fund and the work it does to ensure that more of our residents have the ability to live and work in our great community.
In no particular order, my top three priorities would be as follows:
Creating sustainable partnerships to allow local businesses to grow and expand
Marketing ourselves to potential out of state businesses by creating incentive packages to bring them to our city.
Leveraging the opportunities that our local universities produce by striving to cultivate jobs that are favorable to our highly educated workforce
I believe that a non-partisan third party committee should be heavily involved in the process. This will allow the council to set aside any natural biases, and give a level of certainty to our community that any changes will be fair and equitably done.
As a council member I would look to treat the Agricultural economy just as I would any other thriving and successful industry in our local community. I know that in the short term our efforts should be focused on those in the services and hospitality industries, as they have been the most heavily affected by the recent pandemic. As recovery takes place, there will be ample opportunities to evaluate each and every industry in the city to see what measures we can implement to help stimulate growth
Infrastructure needs to be an important piece of our development plans. As we look to cultivate the growth of our city we need to be keenly aware of our transportation needs, and make sure we build both public transit and multimodal avenues into our vision for the future.
Public participation is an essential part of the legislative process and I would move to see it resumed as soon as possible. I do not believe that the council should be censoring anyone's voice in the process, and if there are those that would abuse this forum, in contravention of our decorum rules found in Sec. 4.106 of the code of ordinances, it is a simple matter to remove them from a zoom call just as we would at an in person meeting.
I believe that it is important that we are always forward looking when it comes to the issues and concerns that affect our citizens. As a council member I will do my best to address any and every issue of inequality that is brought before us during my time in office, with an eye towards preventing their recurrence in the future.