Adam Caperton | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Adam Caperton

Political party: 
Democrat
Question 1: 

What skills, values, and experiences will you bring to this position? What is your vision for Metro Louisville, and how will the lives of Louisvillians be improved as a result of your time in office?

Before I became a realtor, I was a social worker focused on working with underserved communities. In that role, I learned firsthand how important building and sustaining communities is. I'm going to focus on four key priorities for District 4 and the city as a whole. These are: public safety, affordable housing, investment and growth and quality of life. If our streets are safe, while at the same time our underserved populations don't feel threatened by law enforcement, we can create a thriving community. That's because the next step would be to create the affordable housing that every citizen deserves so that families can grow in their own home. This will allow us to encourage growth of small community businesses and investment from larger businesses and corporations that can employ our people. Which leads to a flourishing, economically stable environment that provides a quality of life that we all seek. That means access to the arts, sports, education and parks for our kids, our seniors and the community as a whole.

Question 2: 

What initiatives will you support to decrease the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers, particularly in communities of color? What is your position on an independent civilian review of any police shooting resulting in a death? What other resources should Metro Council provide to improve public safety in your district and across Louisville?

I believe that we need to involve law enforcement with our non-profit partners, our faith based institutions and our public health partners to create a community based policing program that looks at preventing both crime and profiling. Working with officers to know their communities where they are policing and the residents there, as well as the challenges and the cultural differences can break stereotypes or fears that create tragic outcomes for communities of color.

I'm a collaborative personality who believes that no one person or entity has the right answer alone. We should be willing to trust our residents to participate in an independent review of police shootings. This provides greater transparency and accountability.

I believe the best way to stop crime is to prevent it from ever happening. That means investment from Metro Council in better social programs that keep kids off the street, that look to provide employment for those looking for work so that they don't turn to crime, to find treatment for those that are addicted to drugs rather than incarcerate them and let recidivism become the routine. When you invest in on the front end the right way, your cost in treasure and in life is much less on the back end.

Question 3: 

Jail overcrowding is a huge issue in Louisville, and one that disproportionately impacts Black Louisvillians. What role do you think that ending cash bail and supporting alternatives to incarceration can play in addressing this issue?

Cash bail is a tax on the poor and one that puts underserved communities at a disadvantage when dealing with the justice system. We need to realign this process so that the playing field is level for all. One of the main things I am concerned about is that we are trying to arrest our way out of a drug epidemic. We need to defer addicts to treatment centers not the city jail and we must stop putting people in prison for small amounts for marijuana. It costs to much in both money and in human capital as it effects their life by then stigmatizing them as a felon to the point that is difficult to rejoin society.

Question 4: 

How would you include constituents in your district and across Louisville in the development of the annual Metro Louisville budget? What area(s) of the budget would you prioritize funding? What revenue increases would you propose to meet our city’s future budget needs?

I would want to bring together neighborhood and community leaders to discuss the needs and challenges that they see in the district and across the city. Together, we could create our own priorities to prosperity that I would advocate during the development of the budget. Public Safety and Affordable Housing would be two areas where I feel can make the biggest impact on fostering the kind of communities that our citizens deserve. I'm learning about the diverse revenue streams that the city uses and deploys to keep our community running. One of the things that I would like to see is for Frankfort to allow Louisville to have a local option sales tax that must be approved by voters. This way, we have a democratic process on deciding what the city's priorities are.

Question 5: 

What are the main impacts of the global climate crisis in your community and what would you do to address the public health effects of this crisis on people in your district? 

The impact of climate change is real and it's scary and it's not just about my district, it's about the entire planet. Louisville has begun looking at being 100% sustainable and efforts by the Metro Council are being taken right now to move to a cleaner and more sustainable future. I am 100% supportive of this effort. I would encourage businesses and residents in my district to apply for state and federal grants to procure solar panels and other means of renewable energy practices.

Question 6: 

What is your plan for increasing access to safe, affordable housing and ensuring that long term residents are not displaced from neighborhoods that are undergoing redevelopment? What is your position on tenant's rights ordinances such as the proposed Clean Hands housing ordinance? Please explain. 

We need to prioritize affordable housing every year in the budget. The LAHTF needs to see an increase each year to be able to do the necessary work the city needs to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to live in a home of their own that they can afford. Diverse communities create the strongest cities, in any redevelopment, we need to ensure that those residents who have a history of being in the neighborhood feel embraced and acknowledged as being a part of it's future as well. Tenants have a responsibility to their landlords to uphold the terms of their lease, however, a landlord must uphold their side of the agreement too. There are bad actors who choose to allow their properties to fall into disrepair all while collecting the rent, which is outrageous. A Clean Hands ordinance would hold landlords just as accountable for keeping up a safe property as it would be for the tenants to pay their rent.

Question 7: 

What are your plans to create and expand support and resources toward our immigrant population, undocumented or otherwise?

Louisville is a rich and diverse city of immigrants. From Bosnians to Somali's, from Indians to Pakistani's as well as Latin and South American nationalities. Our responsibility to these newcomers is to make them feel welcome and safe as well as providing them with opportunities to be a part of our community. That means working with them to learn the language, have access to educational assistance and job training and utilizing our government and non-profit resources to help them acclimate to their new home.