Aaron M. Moore

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Question 1: 

Currently people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ+) lack protection from discrimination in housing, employment, or public accommodation under state or federal law. Eight cities in Kentucky have passed their own expanded human rights ordinance, often referred to as a Fairness Ordinance, to extend protections to LGBTQ+ individuals. These cities include towns as small as Vicco (population 334), as large as Louisville (population 760,026), and as nearby as Covington (population 40,640). Do you support a Fairness Ordinance for Elsmere to protect LGBTQ+ individuals from discrimination?

I would absolutely support a Fairness Ordinance in Elsmere.  Though it pains me that legislation like this is necessary in 2016, I would support it wholeheartedly.  I believe that Elsmere should play an active role in protecting all of its citizens and make inclusiveness a priority.

Question 2: 

Citizens returning home from incarceration, and even those who have finished their probation and parole, often have trouble returning to their communities. Several cities and states have fostered initiatives aimed at helping these members of our community get back on the feet. Louisville and Cincinnati, for example, have removed questions about previous convictions from hiring applications. What steps do you feel Elsmere can and should take to help folks re-enter our community?

I believe in second chances and true rehabilitation.  When we shun people based solely on their mistakes, we deny them the opportunity to make a better life for themselves and their families.  The city can take cues from Louisville and Cincinnati while investigating and implementing other initiatives that can help these citizens ease back into the community in a productive and beneficial way.

Question 3: 

Elsmere is one of the most diverse cities in northern Kentucky when it comes to racial and ethnic make up, and has many vibrant neighborhoods. Yet some residents see a distinct lack of representation on city boards or in city employment. What steps can the city take to make sure that community boards and city employment are representative of the city as a whole?

I feel it is incumbent upon the city to initiate a dialogue between the city and those that are underrepresented.  One of the best things about Elsmere is its cultural and ethnic diversity.  This is something that should be embraced, and it can be enhanced by reaching out to all segments of the community and listening to suggestions on how to improve overall representation that reflects the true nature of the city.

Question 4: 

Over the past several years there have been several high profile incidents that have put a strain on the relationships between police departments and communities of color, and high profile reports regarding police departments of various sizes purposefully targeting people of color across the nation. What steps can the city take to help build and protect trust between all residents in our city and law enforcement officers?

Obviously, the incidents that have happened between police and people of color over the last few years have been disheartening and disappointing.  We put our trust into the women and men in uniform to protect us, and when that trust is severed, it can be difficult to repair.  I believe community outreach events where citizens are presented with the opportunity to meet our local police and interact with them would be exponentially beneficial.  I think initiating citizen-lead oversight and involvement committees could also be a key to creating transparency and trust.  When people can understand process and reason, they can begin to form trust and a mutual respect.  This has to be an open and honest dialogue.  My experience with Chief Thames and the current Elsmere officers has largely been positive, and I presume that will surely continue under his watch.

Question 5: 

Currently the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) does not have a regularly scheduled route that stops within the city of Elsmere, and our schools do not offer transportation for students to get to and from school. What can the city do to help residents meet transportation needs?

A comprehensive study of the transit needs of Elsmere citizens would be a good start.  Growing up on Garvey Avenue in Elsmere, the TANK buses ran past my house regularly.  Though it was nearly revived recently through efforts of Elsmere citizens and the city, for one reason or another it lost traction and didn't materialize.  A two pronged approach including understanding transit needs then determining how those needs are best met should be implemented.  If TANK is proven to be the best option and it is something that Elsmere citizens would take advantage of, it should be promoted in the community as not only a means of transportation for all, but also a viable transportation alternative to reduce the amount of vehicles on the road.  This satisfies both community and environmental needs.

Question 6: 

What steps do you feel the city of Elsmere can and should take to help promote sustainability in our community? What can the city do to become more energy efficient, or to reduce our carbon footprint?

While a lot of Elsmere residents do participate in recycling, there is still room to improve.  Pushing reduce/reuse/recycle initiatives in Elsmere through social media and community outreach is an excellent start to reducing our footprint. In that same vein, creating awareness for Elsmere citizens on ways they can become more energy efficient would go a long way toward reducing our carbon footprint.  Social media is an excellent way to create this awareness.  Community events where tips on energy efficiency are discussed and promoted will also help create and foster an environment where taking care of our surroundings in a responsible way becomes the norm.  Further, studying efficiency programs like solar power and investing in them for all city facilities would be an excellent start and promotion for the city.

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