Darryl Young | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Darryl Young

Political party: 
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?

As someone who has served this city from the grassroots all the way up to City Hall, I have an intimate knowledge and understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities ahead of us. The 4th district is unique in that it contains a bit of everything that makes this city go. Our government sits in this district. Our downtown and business district are here. Historic neighborhoods from east to west are here. Some of the cities most prevalent initiatives are emanating from the fourth. I have worked with schools, churches, government, non profits and businesses to help move this city forward. Louisville will be better because I can work with ALL of Louisville, not just some. I know the power that happens when citizens feel listened to, heard and empowered to make a difference. I want to be their advocate, but also with them in the trenches and finding platforms that honor their voices and experiences.

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 reviewing the city’s current policies on use of force by police officers and seeing if and where deficiencies are and how to correct them. I believe in a much more transparent process in the internal investigation of officer involved deaths. A citizen review board must be formed to provide oversight, but must also have subpoena power so that their findings hold weight. Lastly, we cannot jail our way out of crime. Crime is spurned by a lack of opportunity and second chances, usually not purely malicious people. Economic resources and job investment, along with restorative justice models have to be a part of our cities approach to crime.

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 has been proven to not be an effective form of detainment, but has been proven that it disproportionately effects Black and poor people in Louisville and around the country. Studies show that many times innocent people are sitting in and overpopulating jails because they can’t afford to make bail, which not only effects their current situation but can also create further complications in their life. I would be committed to ending cash bail and looking at other proven methods, such as risk assessment and diversion to replace it.

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 work with the neighborhood associations in the district to come up with an advisory council so that citizens have a consistent platform to voice concerns, opinions and priorities. Neighborhoods shouldn’t be siloed and think they have to compete with one another. It should be an equitable process for all. I would prioritize offices like the Office for Safe & Healthy Neighborhoods to find more progressive solutions to public safety. I would also seek to invest more in the Louisville Affordable Housing Trust and Youth Services. I while I would be willing to look at measures that could raise revenue but also raise taxes, I would look for ways to redistribute our current budget in a way that invests equally in the things we say that matters in our community.

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? 

District 4 contains some of the lowest life expectancies in the city. Climate change’s effects in inclement weather, whether we are talking about brutal heat or cold, all impact the health of the people in this community. Climate change cannot just be viewed as a environmental crisis, but a public health crisis as well. From a policy standpoint, we can start leading the way in climate change prevention by investing in clean and renewable energy sources in the district, such as green office and building spaces in the public and government sectors.

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. 

I believe in additional funding for the Louisville Affordable Housing Trust. As development comes through the city, current residents should be provided protections and resources to remain in their homes instead of being shipped out. I believe in policies that would provide pathways current residences becoming homeowners and able to reap the benefits of the development. I support measures that decriminalize individuals and that don’t allow past mistakes to keep them in perpetual cycles of poverty and homelessness.

Question 7: 

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

I would propose additional funding for organizations that work with our immigrant population, as they are non profits and need additional support. I would also work with the business community to create job programs that would help incoming individuals find employment, but help them work through the barriers that make it difficult for that population to find and keep work (i.e- language, transportation, obtaining correct documentation, etc.)