Lexington Council District 3 | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Lexington Council District 3

Four candidates are running for the District 3 Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council seat, held recently by the late Jake Gibbs. The top two voter getters in the nonpartisan race will run against each other in November. 

Jessica Mohler

Political party: Nonpartisan

Campaign website: http://jessicafordistrict3.com

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

Question 1:

What do you think are some of the most pressing issues facing Lexington in 2020? What is your vision for Lexington, and how will the lives of Lexingtonians be improved as a result of your time in office?

I think the most pressing issue in Lexington is sustainable growth. The city’s growing economic inequality—the gap between the rich and the poor, and the Black-White racial wealth gap––is widening, and as our city grows, so does this disparity. From affordable housing and spatial inequality to the economic segregation of our neighborhoods, schools, and school districts, our city is headed toward more concentrated areas of poverty and affluence than we already have.

“Urban revival” shouldn’t come at the expense of pushing our current neighbors out. My vision for Lexington is a unified city committed to creating vibrant, amenity-rich communities for residents of every income level, regardless of zip code––not one that’s solely focused on creating profits and increasing the quality of life for a select few. Growth is only sustainable when it’s done with an equitable framework in mind. I vow to dedicate my role and responsibility to making decisions and advocating for initiatives that work to decrease economic disparity, and to work to make sure all of the city’s population is served.

Charles D Smith

Political party: Nonpartisan

Campaign website: http://www.charlieforthe3rd.com

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

Campaign Twitter: Twitter

Question 1:

What do you think are some of the most pressing issues facing Lexington in 2020? What is your vision for Lexington, and how will the lives of Lexingtonians be improved as a result of your time in office?

One of the biggest concerns is the amount of money the LFUCG is spending to maintain its’ old and outdated office spaces. Estimated deferred maintenance costs make it very important that a new Government Center be built: sooner, rather than later. The ultimate savings can be used for other services that will benefit all of Fayette County.

Lextran has the capabilities of being a huge benefit to our community. For many, many years there have been many attempts to encourage people to ride the bus. Mostly those efforts have failed, but Lexington already has the infrastructure (Transit Center, new Lextran garage and offices, and new electric buses) to make bus travel convenient and affordable for everyone. The more riders, the more routes can be run.

Hannah LeGris

Political party: Nonpartisan

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

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

Question 1:

What do you think are some of the most pressing issues facing Lexington in 2020? What is your vision for Lexington, and how will the lives of Lexingtonians be improved as a result of your time in office?

I believe that affordable housing, responsible development, environmental sustainability, and equity of access to power and policy-making processes are all urgent issues affecting Lexington. These challenges are all interlinked with one-another which is why it is so important to address them holistically, with an emphasis on collaboration and utilizing evidence-based strategies from other communities.

If elected, I will advocate for responsible development, focusing on infill, block-by-block development, and equitable investment. I understand the need for more housing options, especially within the urban service boundary, and I will work with stakeholders in the city, region, and state to ensure that all plans are humane and responsible. It is essential that we as a city incorporate far-reaching green practices, such as comprehensive recycling and waste management, net carbon neutrality, and incentivized low-congestion transportation (including bike and pedestrian infrastructure and reliable public transit) into our current and strategic operations.

Both the government and elected officials have an obligation to be transparent, to share information and to seek feedback from affected residents, and as the 3rd District representative I will create more points of access for both interested and affected groups, especially those who have consistently felt disenfranchised and left out of said processes.

Christine Stanley

Political party: Nonpartisan

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

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

Question 1:

What do you think are some of the most pressing issues facing Lexington in 2020? What is your vision for Lexington, and how will the lives of Lexingtonians be improved as a result of your time in office?

Some of the most pressing issues facing Lexington in 2020 include: Housing, Environmental Quality, Economic Development & Infrastructure.

My vision for Lexington is that together we will be creative and resilient in addressing social and economic challenges in an equitable and sustainable way.

The lives of Lexingtonians will be improved as a result of my time in office because I will collaborate with city council members, local officials and the community to deliver on our responsibility to shared well-being. I will stand resilient in the face of adversity, address the needs of our citizens by advocating for and shaping policies that support their success, and remain compassionate, open & honest every step of the way.