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Jake Gibbs- 2018 Candidate Questionnaire

Running for: Urban County Council- District 3 Short Bio: I grew up in Troy, NY. Graduate school brought me to UK in 1978, where I earned advanced degrees in History and Library Science. I’ve lived near downtown since arriving in Lexington. My professional life was spent at BCTC as a professor of History. I also taught...

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Joe Smith- 2018 Candidate Questionnaire

Running for: Urban County Council- District 2 Short Bio: I am a Lexington native who loves my community and cares deeply about our City. I am a Lexington Catholic and University of Kentucky alumni, active member of St. Peter Church, proudly married to Sharon for over 30 years, father of three, grandfather of five, and obviously...

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James Brown- 2018 Candidate Questionnaire

Running for: Urban County Council- District 1 Short Bio: A native of Lexington, Ky., James is a graduate of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. He is happily married to his wife, Charmayne of 20 plus years and they have three children. James’ previous employment include stints at Lexmark and GTE, before beginning a career in the...

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Chuck Ellinger, II- 2018 Candidate Questionnaire

Running for: At-Large Short Bio: See www.chuckellinger.com website for bio and positions 1. Do you support prioritizing infill/redevelopment as Lexington’s primary growth strategy? Under what circumstances would you support expansion of the Urban Services Boundary or Rural Activity Centers? The responsibility of the Council is to update the Goals and Objectives of the Comprehensive Plan...

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Richard Moloney- 2018 Candidate Questionnaire

Running for: At-Large Short Bio: I have experience and a proven track record for getting things done. I have worked with 5 mayors, 8 vice mayors and more than 50 council members through the years, and I am known for my ability to bring people together to solve problems and address important issues. I am...

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Steve Kay- 2018 Candidate Questionnaire

Running for: At-Large Short Bio: Steve is in his second term as an At-Large Council Member and his first term as Vice Mayor, a position to which he was elected in 2014. On Council, Steve serves as Chair of the Infill and Redevelopment Committee, on the Board of the Affordable Housing Fund, on the Task...

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Lillie E. Miller-Johnson- 2018 Candidate Questionnaire

Running for: At-Large Short Bio: Lillie E Miller-Johnson is the mother of three beautiful daughters, four grandsons and one grand daughter, the sister of six sisters, three brothers(two deceased) and both parents deceased.  She was born in Scott County and spent her first five years there and the rest of her youth in Fayette County,...

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Ronnie Bastin- 2018 Candidate Questionnaire

Running for: Mayor Short Bio: Ronnie Bastin is the experienced leader we need. A former Police Chief and Commissioner of Public Safety, Bastin ran multi-million-dollar departments and oversaw thousands of employees. He has plans to modernize crime fighting by getting at the root problems, tackling the opioid epidemic, and keeping our students safe from guns...

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Linda Gorton- 2018 Candidate Questionnaire

Running for: Mayor Short Bio: Linda Gorton served as Vice Mayor of Lexington from 2011-2015, and served a total of 16 years as an elected member of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Kentucky and her career as a Registered Nurse spanned 43 years. She...

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Mayoral Forum Will Help Lexington Vote Smart on Growth, Development

Originally posted online on September 28, 2018 in the Lexington Herald-Leader. Op-Ed by Susan Speckert, Fayette Alliance Executive Director Local leaders make decisions that impact our daily lives in the most immediate ways—from street paving, snow removal, and trash pick-up to parks, traffic flow, and sewer services. One of the central functions of local government...

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