Ed McDaniel | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Ed McDaniel

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Question 1: 

What’s your vision for Richmond? How will the lives of the people in our community be improved as a result of your time in office?

I believe that since taking office in 2019 this commission has proven that we are focused on making the quality of life better for the citizens of Richmond. We have added more parks, We’ve added a dog park, We are improving the sidewalks and roads, And we are bringing in new businesses which create better jobs.

Question 2: 

Over the past several years, many Richmond residents, particularly residents of color, have found it difficult to find meaningful employment that is accessible to them. What steps will you take to ensure that communities of color have the same employment opportunities as other Richmond communities, and to ensure that every part of the city benefits from economic development?

This commission has a zero discrimination policy. No one should be denied employment due to race, or any other reason. Every individual should have an equal chance for employment as the next.

Question 3: 

Richmond is one of the most racially and ethnically diverse cities in Central Kentucky and has many vibrant neighborhoods. Yet people of color are underrepresented on community boards and within city staff positions. What steps can the city take to make sure that community boards and city employment are representative of the city as a whole?

We are open to anyone no matter the race that wants to be on any of the city boards or city jobs.

Question 4: 

Over the past few years Immigration and Customs Enforcement has expanded its operation throughout Kentucky. This operation targets people on their way to work, is alleged to work without warrants, and fails to communicate with local officials. In order to ensure that residents feel safe, particularly those in our immigrant communities, and to encourage everyone in Richmond to be open with local officials, would you support sanctuary policies to protect undocumented persons residing or working within our city?

No I would not. I do not discredit anyone who wants to improve their quality of life by coming to the United States of America, However I do know that there are steps that individuals have to take in order to become legal citizens in this country as there are the same steps that I would have to take in order to live in another country.

Question 5: 

Currently people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ+) lack protection from discrimination in housing, employment, or public accommodation under state or federal law. Eighteen cities or counties in Kentucky have passed their own expanded human rights ordinance, often referred to as a Fairness Ordinance, to extend protections to LGBTQ+ individuals. These cities include towns as small as Vicco (population 334), as large as Louisville (population 760,026), and as nearby as Lexington (population 323,780). Do you support a Fairness Ordinance for Richmond to protect LGBTQ+ individuals from discrimination? Why or why not?

As I said before I believe that everyone should have equal rights. No one group Has more rights than another and all should be treated the same.

Question 6: 

Jail overcrowding is a huge issue in Madison County with the jail currently at 197% of capacity. Since Richmond is the largest city in the county, how do you think the city council should be involved in helping to reduce the number of Richmond residents in the criminal justice system and more residents thriving and supported in our communities?

We actually tried to help the jail earlier in 2019. You cannot stop individuals from committing illegal acts and as a governing body it is our responsibility to make sure that the proper individuals that pose a risk to law abiding citizens are secured where they need to be. I do feel that non-violent criminals should be allowed to do their sentence on a home arrest basis. We can also do our part and provide wellness centers for individuals with addiction and possibly a social worker to make sure that these individuals have a fresh start.