Julie Aubuchon

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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 Florence to protect LGBTQ+ individuals from discrimination?

I believe our state laws currently guard against discrimination.

Question 2: 

Most residents of Florence pride ourselves on being a welcoming community, and are excited about the many new families that have moved into our community over the past few years. Unfortunately, there have been several events to make many new residents feel less than welcome in our community. What will you do to create a community that is known for being welcoming of all people who call Florence home?

As city leaders we encourage dialogue and have open meetings almost every Tuesday of the year.

Question 3: 

Over the last several years we have seen the need for assistance for many families in our community rise. This is evident by new places that help feed and clothe low income residents, a consistent multi-month waiting period for Section 8 vouchers in Boone County, an increased number of people in our community experiencing homelessness or at risk for homelessness, and an increased number of students qualifying for free and reduced lunch. What steps can the city take to tackle housing issues in Florence?

The city has promoted and attracted economic development when people have jobs, they are less likely to need social services.

Question 4: 

What are your thoughts on the future of Northern Kentucky's public transit system, and how can we utilize it to help Florence grow without increasing traffic concerns? (In what ways do you think the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky [TANK] is important to our community? What ideas do you have for improving TANK, and have it better serve those who depend upon their services?)

Over the years, studies have shown people were reluctant to leave their cars behind in favor of public transportation. Individual attitudes must change for any success in public transit.

Question 5: 

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 Florence can and should take to help folks re-enter our community?

Did not respond.

Question 6: 

Florence is one of the fastest growing cities in the state, and is quickly becoming more diverse in terms of racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic makeup. 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?

Anyone interested in city positions should contact the city. We are always looking for interested individuals to serve. Often times there is not a significant pool of candidates from which to choose. So if you have an interest contact the mayor's office and let that be known.