Lexington Council District 3 | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Lexington Council District 3

Jessica Mohler and Hannah LeGris are running for the District 3 Urban County Council seat currently filled by Mark Swanson, who was appointed to the seat in March after the death of Jake Gibbs

Thanks to both candidates for responding to the KFTC questionnaire.

Additional information about the race may be found at: https://lex.vote.

Jessica Mohler

Political party: Nonpartisan

Campaign website: https://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?

The pandemic has only compounded a long-pressing issue of our city: the economic insecurity of our residents and businesses. One of the most pressing issues specific to the 3rd District – which encompasses campus, downtown, and several desirable historic neighborhoods, and has a dire need for increased affordable housing – is growth. Ensuring that our city’s inevitable growth happens in a way that is both SMART and EQUITABLE will help guide all of my decisions as a councilmember. As the racial inequalities, wealth gaps, and economic segregation of our schools and school districts continue to widen in Lexington, I will always prioritize working to make sure ALL of our city’s population is served.

My vision for Lexington centers on a vibrant and unified city that offers amenities for residents of every income level and zip code – not one that devotes an overabundance of resources toward increasing profit margins and quality of life for a select few. “Urban revival” shouldn’t come at the expense of pushing current neighbors out, and growth is only sustainable when it’s done with an equitable framework in mind. These principles are integral to me and will guide my decisions on council.

Hannah LeGris

Political party: Nonpartisan

Campaign website: http://www.HannahForCouncil.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?

Economic recovery, affordable housing, environmental sustainability, and democratizing the power and policy-making processes are urgent issues affecting Lexington. These challenges are all interlinked with one another, which is why it is important to address them holistically, through collaboration and utilizing evidence-based strategies from other communities.

If elected I will advocate for local businesses, directing aid and support to our workers. I want to use the Comprehensive Plan to promote responsible development, focusing on infill, block-by-block development, and equitable investment to create more housing within the Urban Services Boundary for low and middle-income families. It is critical that we incorporate green practices, such as comprehensive recycling, protecting and developing tree canopy, net carbon neutrality, and incentivized transportation (including bike and pedestrian infrastructure, rideshare, and reliable public transit) into our current and operations.

Both the government and our elected officials have an obligation to be transparent, share information, and seek feedback from affected residents. As the 3rd District representative I will create more points of access for constituents, especially those who have been historically disenfranchised and ignored. By taking meaningful steps to change to our processes, we can create a city that is more inclusive and equitable for everyone.