Aletha Fields | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Aletha Fields

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?

I am a 21-year veteran JCPS teacher and Jefferson County Teachers Association member. I am the past 6-year co-coordinator of the Fairness Campaign in Louisville. I envision my district as a place where people can earn a living wage commensurate with real-time food, housing, and transportation costs. My district‘s citizens suffer disproportionately from food apartheid. We deserve fresh, healthy food at affordable costs in our own neighborhoods. District 4’s constituents also deserve quality, affordable housing that is built with environmentally sustainable measures. Finally, Possibility City is not a reality for all people in District 4. I will work for more opportunities for marginalized people to create and experience success—success that reflects the entire community, not just a privileged few.

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 support full transparency and independent investigations of all cases of deadly force by law enforcement officers. I believe Louisville residents deserve and are past due an independent civilian review of any police shooting resulting in a death. Dash- and bodycams for police officers are a must, with a felony charge for an officer who turns hers/his off. Metro Council must hold public safety officers accountable to crisis intervention training and culturally responsive policing, especially in communities of color--often communities that are overpoliced and underprotected.

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?

Ending cash bail is ending illegal debtors' prisons. Cash bail must end immediately so that families can be reunited, innocence can be restored, and reduce the inequitable impact cash bail has on the economically disadvantaged.

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 hold public information and sharing forums in different formats and platforms at different times of the day in a diversity of community areas to include as many constituents as possible to gather ideas, understand the concerns, and directly address the issues constituents believe deserve priority. Transparency and community buy-in are non-negotiables. I would prioritize funding to compassionately meet the most constituent needs in the quickest manner. I would work to legalize medical and recreational marijuana to meet our city's future budget needs.

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 main impacts of the global climate crisis are showing up in Louisville with more intense heat waves, bigger storms, and tremendous flooding. We must immediately reduce carbon and other harmful, erosive emissions; switch to solar power; cut waste; create a green infrastructure; create alternative green public transportation; and implement and monitor a more aggressive clean air act. I would hold public information and sharing forums in different formats and platforms at different times of the day to include as many constituents as possible to gather ideas, understand the concerns, and directly address the issues on the global climate crisis' impact in my community.

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. 

As District 4 constituents, we deserve quality, affordable housing that is built with environmentally sustainable measures. When neighborhoods are redeveloped--from the starting phase to the finish--transparent, community voice must be the leading voice. Those neighborhoods deserve to be invested in for the good of the people who have lived there and built there. The housing must be affordable, high quality, and sustainable. Tenants and potential tenants deserve to be treated fairly and equitably. With a 31,000+ unit shortfall in affordable housing, property owners should not be able to discriminate against persons based on their arrest or conviction history, homeless status, lawful source of income, or military service record.

Question 7: 

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

I would continue to work with and support groups that empower and support immigrants of all statuses. I support Metro Council resolutions to prioritize legal, social, and economic resources to gain the security and stability of all immigrants.