Berea City Council

You may vote for 8 candidates.

Billy Wooten

Political party: Nonpartisan

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

Question 1:

What are the major issues facing the City of Berea?

We must do a better job of promoting and incentivizing the corporate sector in Berea to grow and diversify. We need to work on developing a stronger corporate network and repairing rifts between anchor corporations like Lowes, Home Depot, Kroger, and others. We should also examine ways to expand development and interest in our Industrial Complex in Berea as well as make sure the factories that are already there maintain their commitment to Berea. No longer, should a lack of compromise and negotiation ruin Berea’s economic development. We must also continue to work to curb Berea’s drug problem. Heroin and meth use in our city continues to run rampant. As an educator, I believe education is a key step to impacting this growing problem. I commend Police Chief Gregory and his staff on the “Too Good for Drugs” initiative in our local schools and believe we should support more programs that spread awareness of the physical and psychological effects of drug abuse. In addition to concentrating on awareness and prevention, I believe we must also work on fostering an environment of treatment. We can better help those suffering from addiction by destigmatizing drug abuse and recognizing it as what it is: a disease that needs treatment. Our campaign is also focused on curbing Berea’s crime rate and making Berea safer for all by expanding walkways and providing safe biking and walking paths. We also need to continue creating a fairer and more equitable Berea. As contentious as the fairness ordinance debate was for Berea, I firmly believe we need to pass an ordinance that protects all of Berea’s citizens and sends a message to those who want to relocate here that their differences are celebrated and protected. This is not only an issue of equal protection and fairness, but it is also an issue of economic viability. A fair community is a prosperous community.

Bruce Fraley

Political party: Nonpartisan

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

Question 1:

What are the major issues facing the City of Berea?

While there are many issue facing our city, the top four issues are: 1) Creating an economic environment where entreprenuership and both small and large business development are are encouraged; 2) Actively managing growth and providing essential services (water, electricity, sewage, roads) for our growing city; 3) taking action to combat the proliferation of illegal drugs in our community; and 4) building a constructive, positive relationships among our elected officials, business and community leader and oraganizaitons that will allow us to build upon the things that unite us and work together on the things that can divide us.

Chad Hembree

Political party: Nonpartisan

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

Question 1:

What are the major issues facing the City of Berea?

Did not respond.

Chester Powell

Political party: Nonpartisan

Question 1:

What are the major issues facing the City of Berea?

Did not respond.

Cora Jane Wilson

Political party: Nonpartisan

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

Question 1:

What are the major issues facing the City of Berea?

Did not respond.

Darnell Martin

Political party: Nonpartisan

Question 1:

What are the major issues facing the City of Berea?

Did not respond.

David Rowlette

Political party: Nonpartisan

Campaign website: http://www.davidrowlette.com/

Question 1:

What are the major issues facing the City of Berea?

1.Planning for growth – Given our location, Berea will grow with or without a plan.  Consequently, we can plan for the growth and develop our infrastructure accordingly.

2.Expanding our watersheds needs to be one of our highest priorities.  Without the clean pristine natural resource that we take for granted, we will be hard pressed to address our residential and commercial needs in the near future as we grow our local economy.   

3.An escalating drug problem, that effects families, employers, local crime rates, health care costs and fills up our jails.

Ed LaFontaine

Political party: Nonpartisan

Question 1:

What are the major issues facing the City of Berea?

Lack of transparency

Lack of expressed vision

Disconnect between the mayor and most of the citizens; this is manifested through a City Council that virtually says yes to everything the mayor wants

Edd Easton-Hogg

Political party: Nonpartisan

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

Question 1:

What are the major issues facing the City of Berea?

Housing and job shortages amidst population increase. 

Shortages in services/amenities for older adults.

Substance use disorders on the rise among youth and young adults, including associated crime activity. 

Religious/political division.

Fairness .

Freedom of speech issues. 

Bypass development delays and traffic flow problems.

Administration and City Council collaboration difficulties.

Limited youth opportunities.

Tourism tax and use of this revenue.

Threatened agricultural areas amidst expanding development.

Gregory Bordelon

Political party: Nonpartisan

Campaign website: https://app.democracyos.org/berea/topic/57b4938ff6f96c0300ffe367

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

Question 1:

What are the major issues facing the City of Berea?

One of our major problems is government.  Our current system is built off the best technology of the 15th century, and on the best Ideas of the 17th century.  It's time for an upgrade.  I'm going to be using Democracy OS for now, because it's free.   After I win, I'll be using my salary to create an app that you will be able to download free from the app store, it will verify your phone number as a Berea number, and it will use the GPS of your phone to verify that you are in Berea.  After those two criteria are established, you can download a pdf of the exact bills we will be voting on, receive brief explanation of what I believe the could accomplish, and it will ask you to direct me whether to vote yes or no, and I'll always vote the way of the majority.

Hubert Chasteen Jr.

Political party: Nonpartisan

Question 1:

What are the major issues facing the City of Berea?

Did not respond.

Jack Marshall

Political party: Nonpartisan

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

Question 1:

What are the major issues facing the City of Berea?

There are four issues that currently weigh heavily on my heart.  First, as I talk to folks around town, the impression I get is that Public Safety (from bicycles, to student crossings, to some seriously dangerous intersections) is foremost on the minds of concerned citizens. Second, Education is another issue about which I feel strongly.  We have a world class college, and I’m very proud of that institution, but we need additional post-secondary educational assets.  A technical institute or college, would be ideal for Berea to help our more vocationally-oriented youth prepare for 21st century job opportunities. Third, Drugs:  They’re here and quite frankly they are destroying the roots of our community.  There is no one sure fire way to combat this problem, which is why, when elected, I’ll call for a community task force to immediately set about exploring and acting on options in treating this reign of terror.  Finally, and most importantly, the environment.  Nothing we want to do will be accomplished without clean air to breath and secure access to clean water.

Jerry Little

Political party: Nonpartisan

Question 1:

What are the major issues facing the City of Berea?

Did not respond.

Jim Davis

Political party: Nonpartisan

Question 1:

What are the major issues facing the City of Berea?

The Mayor, City Council, and the City Administrator need to work together for the betterment and good of the community with open, honest government.  The city also needs to work with the Chamber of Commerce, Tourism, and Economic Development to bring business to and promote our community.  A few years ago we went through a drought.  As Berea continues to grow we need to make sure we have enough water as well as other essential services for the citizens of Berea.

John Payne

Political party: Nonpartisan

Campaign website: http://johnpayneforberea.wixsite.com/4bcc

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

Campaign Twitter: Twitter

Question 1:

What are the major issues facing the City of Berea?

Infrastructure maintenance and improvement, attracting new business and industry to the community,  improving telecomm services and public wifi access,  improving communication and partnership between community and city government

Martha "Marty" Wayland Putz

Political party: Nonpartisan

Campaign website: http://vote6marthawayland.com/

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

Question 1:

What are the major issues facing the City of Berea?

I believe Berea is beautiful, one of the best cities along Interstate 75. City hall and City Councils of the past have done a good job moving Berea forward.  I feel the current Berea City Council has played a passive role in preparing for “community changing events”, only viewed as a Lexington or a national problem. Reacting too slow to re-occurring meth deaths in Berea, the national reaction to the confederate flag, and the importance of the fairness ordinance.   The upcoming city council needs to be Pro-active. Be ready to compromise, so all actions taken are fair and beneficial to all Berea Citizens.  Future issues – The unusable sports stadium, neighborhood crime and community growth.

Mike Hammonds

Political party: Nonpartisan

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

Question 1:

What are the major issues facing the City of Berea?

the number one issue right now is probably the electric issue (switching from KU),drugs,  something for the youth (youth center, indoor pool, indoor soccer facility, etc.), something besides art to bring tourists to this town, Duerson Stadium, buying land they don't need, pay for police & fire, soft crime, economic growth, need more businesses

Reid Connelly

Political party: Nonpartisan

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

Question 1:

What are the major issues facing the City of Berea?

Some of the major issues facing the City of Berea are: 

1)Continue working to achieve a balanced annual budget.

2)Development of a long-term wholesale purchase energy plan that removes Berea from “playing the market”.

3)Explore new anti-drug initiatives, maintain support of the drug task force, and continue efforts to retain police officers.

4)Continue ongoing recruitment and expansion of industry with new and innovative initiatives to support existing businesses and encourage new local entrepreneurship.

5)Expansion and maintenance of our current trail and path system.

6)Finalization of new tourism advertising initiatives to encourage broader tourist appeal of Berea.

7)Implementation of legislation to address how Berea will handle, reduce, and prevent instances of discrimination and harassment

Robert Johnson

Political party: Nonpartisan

Question 1:

What are the major issues facing the City of Berea?

Did not respond.

Ronnie Terrill

Political party: Nonpartisan

Question 1:

What are the major issues facing the City of Berea?

I think there are two issues currently facing the City.  First and foremost, we really need to get the contract with Amp Electric signed and in place.  It’s not everyday an entity such as the City of Berea can save $1,000,000 on a necessary commodity such as electric.

Second, I think we should begin discussions about the position Mayor for the City of Berea becoming a full-time position.

Steve Caudill

Political party: Nonpartisan

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

Question 1:

What are the major issues facing the City of Berea?

Berea is at a major turning point in our history.  We are currently facing decisions that will be a part of the lives of citizens of Berea for the next 50 years.  Four issues that I think are the most important going forward are the purchase of a power supply and the long-term planning following that contract, the oversight of the Fire, Police, and City Hall renovation, the continuing of efforts to bring a training facility for the workforce of Berea, and the rededication to the upkeep of our parks and recreation.  

The decisions that we make regarding these issues are going to have a major impact for our City.  We must continue to be diligent in out planning and be sure that we make sound financial decisions while keeping in mind the end goals of these projects.

Tom "the Mailman" Schultz

Political party: Nonpartisan

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

Question 1:

What are the major issues facing the City of Berea?

The issue which most concerns me is the lack of progress in our industrial park. We should be attracting clean, non-polluting industry which is not linked to the automotive industry. We should be making Berea very attractive to new business and mid-level employers. I have not seen any progress in this area in quite some time.

I am also concerned by the perceived lack of transparency in city government, and an apparent break in communications between the administrative and the legislative branches – the council and the mayor’s office. Poor communication only leads to perceptions of misconduct, stalling all progress. All elected officials should be working together to make Berea First and move Berea Forward.

Tracy Prater

Political party: Nonpartisan

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

Question 1:

What are the major issues facing the City of Berea?

Drug abuse and addiction is a major issue that need addressed. Another is the lack of a steady entertainment and social areas within the city. There is also a large problem with the governing bodies working together, specifically between City Council, Mayor and the Chamber.

Violet "Vi" Farmer

Political party: Nonpartisan

Question 1:

What are the major issues facing the City of Berea?

Major issues facing the City of Berea include but not limited to:

A. Infrastructure maintenance and improvement are critical to providing services to citizens and economic development.

1. Additional water reservoir capacity

2. City-wide storm water drainage system

3. Phase II of Bypass

4. U.S. 25 North rebuild

5. On-going maintenance and upgrade of streets, sidewalks, bikeways

B. Economic growth and development

1. Creation and retention of well-paying jobs

2. Recruitment of new businesses and support for existing businesses and industries

3. Active support for education, training and retraining of work force (new vocational school)

C. Provision of outstanding public services

1. Wise use and conservation of energy

2. Police and Fire protection for citizen safety and well-being

3. Recreation opportunities for all ages and abilities

4. Safe streets, sidewalks/bikeways, and easily accessible

5. Support for thriving arts community

D. Responsible fiscal management with balanced budget and healthy surplus, maintaining public safety and services within revenues generated

These issues require strong leadership with city officials and community working together to solve problems and to plan for short-term and long-range needs.