Pat Mulvihill | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Pat Mulvihill

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 proud to have served the past 4 years as Metro Councilman for District 10, where I grew up and continue to live with my wife and three children. I know government and how to get things done having had the pleasure and unique experience for over 20 years of serving the public in the executive branch as well as an assistant Jefferson County Attorney. Our office commits every day to improving the quality of life of our residents. We strive to ensure timely and effective responses to address resident’s needs. I want to give my children the opportunity to stay here if they desire and make Louisville their home. In order to do that, Louisville desperately needs revenue diversification to meet the basic needs of its residents while continuing to grow. I along with my colleagues will continue to ask and plead with Frankfort to give us the basic tools in order for our city to meet those goals. Our Metro Council has the unique distinction of bringing the first major league sports franchise to Louisville when our Louisville City women join the NWSL in 2021. This decision will have a positive impact on our City for years.

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 have made it a priority for police to meet residents. The first interaction between residents and police should not be when there is an arrest or other police action. We have organized to do walks throughout the District so residents and police can get to know one another in an informal, positive and non-contentious way. The forming of these relationships has led to mutual trust and worked to improve our neighborhoods and solve crimes. Similarly, we also have actively participated in police events where residents can meet with police in an informal setting to build positive and healthy relationships. An independent civilian review committee may offer another set of eyes, ears and thoughts with respect to a police shooting; however, state law must be changed, which is very difficult to do. The Citizens Commission on Police Accountability has been instrumental in examining and modifying policies with respect to investigations. Finally, we are at a dangerous crossroads with our police force. We will have fewer officers on the street than in any time since merged government at the end of this fiscal year. We need to ensure through revenue diversification that we don't continue to hemorrhage officers.

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?

The Metro Council has worked to reduce jail overcrowding in several ways. First, we instituted a policy where police would no longer arrest individuals for possession of marijuana, which disproportionately impacted minorities. In addition, we have funded treatment programs at the Healing Place, Volunteers of America and Centerstone to combat substance abuse and reduce jail overcrowding. I supported the Living Room, a Centerstone program that supports adults dealing with substance abuse disorder and/or mental illness and operates as a compassionate alternative to jail, the emergency room or inpatient hospitalization. I was a cosponsor of the revenue measure to keep it intact, but unfortunately, a majority of the Council rejected that measure. I support the Bail project, a national nonprofit that works with public defenders, law enforcement, and the community to identify individuals who need financial assistance to get out of jail, and have been pleased with the results thus far. It’s important to work to continue to find alternative solutions, such as stable housing with drug treatment, rather than incarceration.

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 have a 40 member District Advisory Board who is included in helping set priorities and funding for such initiatives. Our paramount responsibility to our residents is public safety. As stated earlier, we need to stem the hemorrhaging of our police force. We also need to ensure that our Fire and EMS services are properly funded and continue to provide high quality care and adequately respond to perform timely life saving measures to our residents.

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? 

Unfortunately, there are two Louisville’s when it comes to life expectancy. We need to ensure that all our residents have the same opportunity to live a healthy and prosperous life. In order to achieve that reality, we have to ensure adequate safety for all of our residents. It’s difficult to care about recycling or planting a tree or engaging in other ecological measures, when you don't know where you're going to sleep tonight, or whether you will have food or whether you will experience an act of violence against you or a family member.

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 think it's important to have safe and affordable housing. Since I have been on the Council, we have funded affordable housing at no less than $5 million and for multiple years allocated $10 million. We recently adopted an ordinance of which I am a sponsor to allow for no increase in tax assessment in areas of redevelopment if an affected resident there improves his or her property. The proposed clean hands ordinance makes sense but Metro has the Uniform Landlord and Tenant Act. In order to impose the clean hands doctrine, it will require a change in state law.

Question 7: 

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

Louisville Metro has adopted an ordinance that does not require our local law enforcement to cooperate with ICE of which I was a supporter. Unfortunately, our State Legislature seeks to change that policy. We need to embrace our city as a welcoming one which celebrates diverse cultures and ethnicities. As a son of an immigrant and first generation American, I understand and appreciate a tolerant and respectful city for all its residents.