Brian "Slim" Nash

Political party: 
Nonpartisan
Question 1: 

What is your vision for how you will represent Bowling Green? How will Bowling Green be different in two years if you’re elected?

I commit to every resident of Bowling Green the following four point pledge:

1.To offer a transparent, truthful & representative government;

2.To provide supreme government services at the lowest appropriate cost;

3.To ensure that OUR CITY can compete effectively in an ever expanding local, state, national & international economy;

4.To improve the quality of life for ALL who call Bowling Green home.

Question 2: 

Given the changing housing landscape and that the majority of the Bowling Green population are renters, would you support the enactment of URLTA, a law that would provide greater protections for landlords and tenants?

I am most interested in learning about the harm that tenants and landlords are currently experiencing to determine if the City's current codes can be better applied to provide better or equal protection for landlords and tenants as that which would be achieved under URLTA.

I personally do not like that URLTA is a "take all or nothing" type of legislation meaning that it cannot legally be tailored to meet the needs of a specific community, rather it utilizes a "one size fits all" approach.

Despite my criticism, if a significant problem is outlined and if other measures were not sufficient in providing protections of both the landlord and tenant, I would be willing to consider support of URLTA.

Question 3: 

A fairness ordinance simply adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the city's civil rights ordinance. Would you vote to adopt such an ordinance to protect our LGBT community from discrimination?

I support the idea that all people are given a fair opportunity and are protected from discrimination. I am interested in learning more about the local struggles that members of the LGBT community are experiencing so I can help alleviate any institutional discrimination.

Question 4: 

Last year the city commissions of Louisville and Lexington voted to increase the minimum wage. Would you support a minimum wage increase in Bowling Green?

While I believe that the current minimum wage is not on par with current cost of living expenses I do not believe that the City of Bowling Green should attempt to alter the federal minimum wage contained in the Fair Labor Standards Act. I believe doing so has the potential of driving economic development away from Bowling Green. As a Bowling Green City Commissioner I will advocate strongly that our state and/or federal legislators take action on a minimum wage increase that will be applied to all communities equally providing no one community a significant advantage or disadvantage when attempting to create new economic development opportunities.

Question 5: 

What would you do to address racial inequality in Bowling Green?

1.Build Trust. I am committed to actively building trust between the City and communities of color in Bowling Green.

2.Get the Facts. I am committed to getting the facts about racial disparities in Bowling Green. I believe in data, in quantitative measures as the most effective way to identify and define if a problem exists.

3.Listen.  I will listen to and engage in meaningful dialogue with communities of color in Bowling Green.

4.Lead. I will be a vocal proponent for racial equity policies, programs, and practices.

5.Advocate for Training. Training can and should be implemented in every City department to understand and recognize explicit and implicit bias and to proactively recognize when a crisis is on the horizon and how to de-escalate crises before they occur.

6.Prioritize Accountability. Examine how City of Bowling Green Departments could use more qualitative measures to track the nature and outcome of interactions among all citizens but especially when interacting with communities of color.

My approach is based upon the National League of Cities, “NLC: 7 Ways Cities Can Address Racial Inequalities.”

Question 6: 

What role can the local government play in helping bridge the gap between local farmers and consumers, especially schools, restaurants, and industrial buyers? What ideas and policies do you support to strengthen our local food economy?

First and foremost, I would want to meet with local farmers, consumers and industrial buyers to better understand what initiatives are already underway and what additional actions could take place to support their existing investment in the current local food economy.

Secondly, rather than "recreate the wheel" I would support initiatives that are similar to those in "Growing a Local Food Economy A Guide to Getting Started" which can be found at the following link: http://asapconnections.org/downloads/growing-a-local-food-economy-a-guid...

Question 7: 

Other Kentucky cities have opened Offices of Sustainability to provide education and community action in urban farming and gardening. What steps can the city of Bowling Green take to scale up emerging community garden endeavors?

I have been an impassioned supporter of the City's "Community Garden Program." I would support initiatives that would strengthen this existing program. As always, I am open to learning and listening from those who have a greater knowledge than my own regarding such issues.