Ron Bolton | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Ron Bolton

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 have been a neighborhood leader for a few years now. I am in my third year as President of the Schnitzelburg Area Community Council. My top priorities are managing thoughtful development in our nerighborhoods, minimizing displacment of residents through assistance with home improvements and tax abatement, and eliminating the food desert. The last grocery in the 4th District closed in October of 2018.

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?

The police must be held accountable for their actions. Further training in handling situations without the use of deadly force is needed. Any death at the hands of the LMPD should be scrutinized by Council and/or a civilian review board. These are human lives we are talking about.

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 only keeps the poor in jail and needs to be eliminated. Anyone in jail for a non-violent offense should be released until their court date.

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?

Townhalls are the best way to find out what the district wants in the budget. With the current level of self funding we are allowed by the state, we are in a rough place. The state must increase the city's ability to create revenue. In the budget priority must be given to essential services such as Fire and EMS.

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? 

Our weather cycle has been in flux for about 5 years now. Warm winters and wet summers are the easiest changes to identify. I got my start planting trees

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 better controls on the creation of CUP's for non-resident Air BnB's. this lowers the available housing stock in any neighborhood. 1000 feet in between sounds good to me. We have to find a way to support those who want to fix up their homes in our changing neighborhoods. Some form of tax abatement for long time residents should be considered. Any ordinance that restricts a person from finding adequate housing is a non-starter.

Question 7: 

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

I was raised in the Southside neighborhood, the city's most diverse neighborhood. Immigrants like most other residents need access to opportunity. We can't offer them opportunity if they are actively hiding from the government. Sadly the state legislature continues to pass bills that criminalize merely existing. Until we can change Frankfort, I do not see an easy path forward on this issue.