Gregory Bordelon

Political party: 
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.

Question 2: 

What is your position on future growth and development issues as they affect Berea; including further development of historical districts, tourism, and sustainable “buy local” initiatives?

If by “buy local” you mean pawn shops, then yes we're doing great at those initiatives. Good job us. My platform isn't about what I think, it's about engaging you the voter and the entrepreneurs in our community. This job is a public service, it's a privilege to serve the people. I'll be opening up my platform for you to write ordinances, and allow you the people to help direct the money that passes through city hall with over site (which seems to be something we are lacking at the moment). I'll also be trying to use this platform to educate people on how government works, by allowing you to direct it. A good idea is always a good idea, it doesn't matter who comes up with it, so my reactive platform should work wonders for bringing the best and brightest to the front. Which is a must right now.

Question 3: 

Are you in favor of the development of pedestrian and bicycle pathways as safe and practical options to motorized transportation in Berea? If so, what projects of this kind would be your priority?

We just became a trail town over the last year. Which was a citizen push, not a government push to do. we need more of that in Berea. We need to make sure our government is supportive of our efforts, so BIG pat on the back for y'all. That's where I would put some time and effort first, but the role of city government should really be infrastructure, not buying and renting property to the people of Berea. Not building shinny new buildings for the mayor to sit in, while the stadium at Berea Community High School sits condemned and unusable, and apparently it costs too much to demolish, yet we some how have 18 million dollars to spend on a shinny new court house. If it's gotta be that way. I gotta say, we need a new mayor and new council to go in it as well.

Question 4: 

State and federal laws do not exist that ban discrimination against people in areas of housing, employment and public accommodation based on perceived sexual orientation and gender identity. Knowing that, would you be in favor of passing a fairness ordinance in Berea that would address this type of discrimination? Please explain.

Worker rights, renter rights, and civil rights need to be addressed in Kentucky. Cause ain't nobody got none. I work at a restaurant, now we don't discriminate cause we are in a mercantile society, and reducing the number of patrons one can receive is counter intuitive. But in Kentucky all Businesses have the right to refuse service to anyone with “No reason given”, We can fire any employee with “No reason given” and the same is true for property owners renting. The Lexington HRC received over 80 complaints in 5 years, yet only 2 of those were taken to the point where court dates were scheduled, of those 2 none have received a favorable out come. Fairness ordinances can't trump state law and are ineffective, this is a state level problem not a city council problem. Last time we brought this issue up, the Tavern Got Booze. What's going on this time?

Question 5: 

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in the years of 2010-2014, 19.7% of the residents of Madison County lived below the poverty line. What policies will you support to improve the availability of safe affordable housing and increased economic opportunities for all citizens?

Interesting number you got there. The poverty level in Berea is 30.1% if you go to the same place you found your more favorable number of 19.7% by zooming out of town. That's the issue I see. Lots of people don't want to see the issue. It's why we can drive 5 miles north from city hall and still be in berea city limits, but I can't go half a mile south of the court house, down Boone street before we leave city limits. I don't know why we have turned a blind eye towards slate lick, for my entire life time. Everyone who lives down their goes to our schools, they are part of our community, but they have no say in our local government. Why is that? Ehh, if we took um in I guess it would raise our poverty levels even higher, wouldn't it?

Question 6: 

What actions or initiatives can the city take to provide help and alternatives to families and people in Berea living with addiction?

well prison ain't working!!! There is a 70 to 80 percent return rate for anyone who goes to prison in America. Which just leaves everyone else to pay for the wards of the states for their entire lifetime. There are many interesting studies about what actually causes addiction, our old idea of addiction needs to be challenged and fixed. The war on drugs has only proven to make the situation worse, cause it's just getting worse... can anyone not see that? But what can we do? Just improving the quality of life for everyone, just a little could go a long way in this battle, and that's something we can do from city hall, that is why I am running. We need to get our government back on track again to work for us the people, instead of taxing the hell outta us to create problems for us

Question 7: 

What measures do you support to foster good relations between law enforcement officers and our local community?

Well yes I do agree, Our cops get paid garbage. We need to give them proper grown up raises. Perhaps a incentive program that encourages them to do volunteer work in uniform to foster a sense of community in local neighborhoods. I mean, Why not let the cops help out during any of the local food drives and pay them a decent bonus for going out in public and engaging the community during a good moment. Something that will help them connect with the people they serve. But our cops are generally good, I know better than most of y'all, cause I serve them food, and I consider it a honor to serve them. It's our leaders making bad decisions that we should be worried about. Did you know we just lost 400 grand for firing a cop unjustly? Yeah, Connelly ain't bragging about that decision.

Question 8: 

Last year there was a great deal of controversy around the selling of confederate flag merchandise at the Spoonbread Festival, and Berea students reported being harassed on the basis of race while in town. Given that, what measures do you support to address racial harassment in Berea?

We're going there aren't we. Ok, so last year a high school kid was driving around harassing college kids. There was a investigation, but he was a minor, so yeah. Then there is the whole confederate flag issue, which I don't have enough time or space to truly discuss in detail on how we can properly fight against racism. But Racism is an idea and it's taught, It is not an item that can be bought. Some people get blinded by their hatred of other races, or hatred of people that hate. It makes this a very hot button issue to discuss. But, what happened between city council / mayor and the chamber of commerce last year had very little to do with Racism, and more to do with personal grudges. I again don't have enough time or space to sling enough mud to bury them all.

Question 9: 

Berea is in the midst of making long-term decisions about where and how it gets and manages its wholesale electric power. Beyond safety, reliability and affordability, what considerations should be made with respect to Berea's electric power choices?

That decision was made 79 days ago, and longer now since this has been printed. I would like to point out that we have lost over 600 thousand dollars due to the inaction of Connelly to get under contract with AMP. Again, I just want to point at the new court house we're building. 2 years ago, it was not mentioned once that we would be buying a new Courthouse. No one said they would be looking to drop 18 million dollars over 40 years. No one ran on that, it's just what they did. Please, take some time to research other people running this year and don't vote for people who won't tell you what they are gonna do. You don't have to vote for me, but you should. I am gonna redefine how the system works so we change the world together, that's my promise to you.