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Berea City Council

There are 14 candidates vying for a seat on the Berea City Council. The top eight vote getters in the nonpartisan race win two-year terms. Voters may vote for up to eight of the candidates. Thanks to the candidates who responded to KFTC’s survey. Their answers follow.

The mayor of Berea is a four-year term and will be up for re-election again in 2022.

John Payne

Political party: Nonpartisan

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

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Question 1:

What is your vision for Berea? How will the lives of the people in our community be improved as a result of your time in office?

My primary focus of the last two years has been on maintaining and improving the quality of life within our community. During my two years in office, I have worked to support improvements to our parks system, expansion of our sidewalks and shared use pathways. I have joined lobbying in Frankfort for a continuation of the Berea bypass project, money for additional road projects, and a pavilion project.

            I will continue to advocate for continued infrastructure, employment, tourism and quality of life improvements in Berea. I will also stand up for its citizens.

Emily LaDouceur

Political party: Nonpartisan

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

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Question 1:

What is your vision for Berea? How will the lives of the people in our community be improved as a result of your time in office?

I envision a beloved community, thriving and vibrant for all who live here. Every day, I engage in the community and do my best to provide an example of leadership and sound decision-making for our city. I want to see our council work together to build a stronger Berea, building on our rich history and fostering public-private partnerships in ways we've never seen before.

Katie Startzman

Political party: Nonpartisan

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

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

Question 1:

What is your vision for Berea? How will the lives of the people in our community be improved as a result of your time in office?

I envision a welcoming, diverse community with healthy residents living fulfilling lives. I see a Berea known for its vibrant small business culture, lively arts scene, and bustling industry. Our city’s schools, child care centers, and college will be standard-setting institutions for our children to grow and thrive. Our town’s sustainable infrastructure will support a growing population. Successful public/private partnerships that address the social service gaps in our community will underscore the commitment of city leadership to address the challenging issues Berea residents face. This work will be conducted by a city leadership that is forward-thinking, proactive, and thoughtful- able to work together towards the common good of vibrant, resilient, and inspiring Berea.

            People in Berea will benefit from my service as a city council person as I will use my entrepreneurial skills to bring innovation and creativity to the council. I will strive to work cooperatively with city leaders, citizens, and other stakeholders to work towards a shared vision. Also, I will be a responsive, engaged council member who serves with integrity.

Vincent O. Gwin

Political party: Nonpartisan

Campaign website: https://vincentforberea.wixsite.com/mysite

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Question 1:

What is your vision for Berea? How will the lives of the people in our community be improved as a result of your time in office?

My vision for Berea is one in which Berea embraces the future rather than stay in the past as some would like to see. In my opinion, if we stay where we are or go back, we lose out on business opportunities to Richmond or other communities that embrace change and move forward. While anyone can say they will do something to accomplish campaign promises it is very different once you are in a position to vote on those issues. In all honesty, I can’t say how the lives of Bereans will improve if I am elected, however, I can say that I will listen to anyone that has an opinion on an issue no matter their position as I feel in its current state the City Council is unwilling to listen to anyone if they disagree with the sitting council member.

Amy Asher

Political party: Nonpartisan

Campaign website: https://www.betterberea.com/

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Question 1:

What is your vision for Berea? How will the lives of the people in our community be improved as a result of your time in office?

My vision for Berea is one of progress into the 21st century for everyone; no citizen should be overlooked or ignored. A thriving community focused on growing families, students, healthy neighborhoods, and modern economic growth. I’d love to see pocket parks in our smaller neighborhoods, walkable sidewalks, focused eco-tourism, and a closer partnership with Berea College.

Shane Barton

Political party: Nonpartisan

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

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

Question 1:

What is your vision for Berea? How will the lives of the people in our community be improved as a result of your time in office?

My vision for Berea is underpinned by the belief that our individual complexity, overall diversity and varying perspectives are foundational to deriving the solutions to our toughest challenges. My vision is predicated on the fact that we deserve informed leadership committed (and frankly excited) to lead with love, courage and grace. My vision for Berea is borne out of the belief and practice that ownership matters – not only in terms of local businesses but also in terms of cultivating civic pride and resiliency. My vision for Berea is to become a beacon of local wealth creation because we chose to invest in our people and places.

            If elected I am committed to illuminating and improving the processes and opportunities for residents to get involved and engaged in the issues that matter to them. I am committed to cultivating civic pride by championing community leadership opportunities. I see a pathway for public involvement in civic affairs that moves beyond simple participation but rather prioritizes amplifying resident leadership and ultimate ownership. I believe in Berea and the good will and faith of Bereans to create the innovative solutions to our current and future challenges.

David Rowlette

Political party: Nonpartisan

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

Question 1:

What is your vision for Berea? How will the lives of the people in our community be improved as a result of your time in office?

Given our location on a major North/South Interstate, Berea will continue to grow with or without a plan. I prefer to plan and develop our infrastructure accordingly. At this time, we are expanding our watersheds that will permit residential, commercial and industrial expansion for years to come. We also need to address the escalating drug problems that are at the root of most problems throughout our community.

      As a community leader and an active member of the Berea City Council, I will continue to be fiscally conservative providing budgets including the programs and services that will allow our citizens / community to prosper.