Mike Brewer | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Mike Brewer

Political party: 
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?

To provide a better life for residents. By creating jobs for everyone that wants to work.

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?

Anyone that qualifies for employment has a equal chance for service in the city of Richmond. However everyone must qualify.

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?

Our community has a black mayor and we do have people of color on our boards and police departments and fire departments. If they qualify they can make a difference in our community. We welcome it.

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?

We follow the law. I know of no arrests made in Richmond of someone going to work who is undocumented. I do know of a group that had I'd of other people using them. That is breaking the law.

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?

I support fairness to everyone. I would be very happy to use the office of commissioner to go after anyone who did not treat anyone with equal rights.

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?

Here it is. Jail reform is the answer. The jail by statue is governed by the county. The state must make changes to help.