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Bowling Green City Commission

The government for Bowling Green is a Board of Commissioners, or City Commission, made up of four commissioners (who serve two-year terms) and a mayor (who serves a four-year term).

There are 10 candidates vying for a seat on the commission in 2020. The top four voter getters in the nonpartisan race win two-year terms. Voters may vote for up to four candidates. Thanks to Carlos Bailey, Dana Beasley Brown, W. Paul Carter, Brian “Slim” Nash and Franscisco Serrano for responding to the KFTC questionnaire.

The office of Bowling Green Mayor also is up for election in 2020.

W. Paul Carter

Political party: Nonpartisan

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

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?

When elected I can’t promise that Bowling Green will be any different in two years, none of us can. On a board of five, change requires a majority of three. I can promise to fight for the poor and disenfranchised of Bowling Green, to fight for public policies like URLTA, Fairness, and Rapid Rehousing for the Homeless. I can promise to fight for an end to cannabis prosecution, and for the prioritization of recovery over punitive incarceration for drug addiction. I can promise you that I’ll vote down tax inducements for businesses that pay less than a base wage of $20 per hour to move to Bowling Green, and an end to continued tax breaks for businesses that do not provide a decent standard of living for their employees. I can promise you that I’ll seek out and fight for whatever ordinance I can find to mitigate the damages caused by Kentucky’s disastrous, so called “Right to Work” laws, starting with repealing the local ordinance passed decades ago that stripped labour of power in Bowling Green long before Bevin’s debacle took hold on a state level. However, if I'm the only one in the fight, mine will be a … answer exceeds word limit

Francisco Serrano

Political party: Nonpartisan

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

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

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?

It does not take a rocket scientist to make good change in local office, it takes patience and willingness to work hard on behalf of others. Our city government is designed to be led by the people, it even says so on our city website where it explains how government works— voters (citizens) are at the top (https://www.bgky.org/government/how-government-works). But often it doesn’t feel like that. I think you’d agree with us that it’s easier for everyone when our city government looks and sounds and thinks like you and me— it’s easier when we can trust our leaders to act like we would. And we expect leaders to go above and beyond what we normally would. We will lead from personal experience, with purpose and community first.

Dana Beasley Brown

Political party: Nonpartisan

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

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?

It has been an honor serving Bowling Green as City Commissioner. I am constantly inspired by the great things happening all over our city, and the citizens and leaders who make them happen. Throughout our city, I see our strong ties to one another. We are resilient and we are innovative. We will need our collective creativity, courage and compassion as we face the future together. I am running for re-election because Bowling Green deserves a responsive and transparent city government that meets the challenges of this moment. I am proud to have connected citizens to local government, empowering them to have their voices heard. I am listening to citizens and community leaders who are on the front lines fighting the pandemic and fighting for racial justice. In these difficult times, it will take all of us working together to move forward. I will continue to fight for bold and creative solutions to guide us into the future that Bowling Green deserves.

Carlos Bailey

Political party: Nonpartisan

Campaign website: https://bailey4bg.com

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

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 am committed to building a better Bowling Green that provides fairness in policies, programs, initiatives, and budget decisions across our community I don’t believe two years is enough time to achieve true transformative change. However, I see a Bowling Green on a path to address affordable housing, our homeless, helping displaced workers, budgeting for an emergency fund, developing new services to improve city services find employment, and developing a city wide gigabit-per-second fiber internet network and smart infrastructure. I see the passage of the fairness ordinance, construction of affordable housing, recruiting green manufacturing jobs, initiatives to recruit, hire, retain, to develop & promote highly qualified employees to leadership and management positions, the development of a city and encourage meetings to be moved to a new time and live stream meetings on social media that support questions and comments as a way to maximize public participation.

Brian "Slim" Nash

Political party: Nonpartisan

Campaign website: http://www.slimnash.org

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

Campaign Twitter: Twitter

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. Offer a transparent, truthful & representative government; 2. Provide supreme governmental services at the lowest appropriate cost; 3. Ensure that OUR CITY can compete effectively in an ever expanding local, state, national & international economy; 4. Improve the quality of life for ALL who call Bowling Green home. Bowling Green will be better off in two years if I am reelected. I believe Bowling Green is great today but I also believe we can be better tomorrow. Do not be mistaken, there are people who everyday are fighting AGAINST transparency and truthfulness and who are NOT INTERESTED in a representative government. I am not a perfect but I promised the people of Bowling Green that I would always stand up for them, and I believe I have been true to this undertaking. I never shy away from important albeit controversial issues. I have been and will continue to be vocal in advocating for the people who live, work and play in Bowling Green. Please don’t think standing up is easy. It is not, the people need a Commissioner who can withstand the pressure and the criticism … answer exceeds word limit