Lexington Council District 5 | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Lexington Council District 5

Liz Sheehan is challenging incumbent Bill Farmer Jr. for the Urban County Council District 5 seat.

Bill Farmer, Jr.

Political party: Nonpartisan

Campaign website: http://Farmerforthe5th.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?

The COVID-19 crisis is going to put tremendous financial pressure on LFUCG in the years to come. I believe my ability to listen and learn, as well as my experience and proven record of accomplishments best equips me to provide the leadership needed to address what may very well be some unprecedented challenges. I envision ALL of Lexington coming together, as one community to heal and continue our progress.

            My priorities as a council member have always centered around public safety and strong, conservative fiscal policy. I have worked tirelessly for stronger neighborhoods, safer schools, road and infrastructure improvements, accessibility to and accountability in all of local government.

            The Fifth District has seen major improvements to streets and roads, including the addition of bike lanes and sidewalks, a major tree replacement program and the addition of more police officers in neighborhoods and around schools. Lexington has achieved so much and is becoming a notably beautiful city. We have overseen an historic reconstruction of Lexington’s water and sewer infrastructure, funded numerous safety programs, including pedestrian safety, improved and expanded parks and recreation facilities, and located the new, $13 million Senior Citizens Center in the Fifth.

Liz Sheehan

Political party: Nonpartisan

Campaign website: http://www.lizforlex.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 ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has, in part, reminded us of how interconnected we are. Moving forward we must harness the power of community as we build a Lexington where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. The care we have for our neighbors can lead us to meaningfully address the affordable housing shortage, increase the walkability and bikeability of our city, preserve our farmlands and agricultural economy, improve our environmental standards, make our local government more accessible, engage our neighbors in the process, and continue having crucial conversations and taking action on issues of inequality and racism. As our city grows, we must do so with thoughtfulness. I support in-fill and redevelopment and maintaining the current Urban Services Boundary, but that cannot come at the expense of the affordability and character of our existing neighborhoods. This will require open dialogue between residents, developers, and government officials. Recently, I helped develop a Public Engagement Toolkit with our Planning Dept designed to facilitate these discussions. I will work hard to bring about change on these important issues, but none of us can do it alone. It will take action from all of us to accomplish these goals.