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CivicLex Candidate Survey

District 9

Jacob Glancy

Jennifer Mossotti

Top Three Issue Priorities:

Public Safety, Transportation, and Development & Housing


Agriculture & Food Systems

Jacob Glancy:

Most Significant Issue: Has not responded as of 9/21/2018

Plan to Address it: Has not responded as of 9/21/2018

Jennifer Mossotti:

Most Significant Issue: The most significant issue is to continue to promote and educate the benefits of local farming initiatives, access and purchasing of fresh farm products on a regular basis.

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Plan to Address it: I will continue to work with and support the University of Kentucky’s organic farm located in the 9th district. I support efforts to preserve Lexington’s agricultural land, encourage sustainable agricultural practices, and support local food production and distribution. In addition, I fully supported Lexington’s first Local Food Coordinator office and the mission of leveraging local food as economic development.

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Arts & Culture

Jacob Glancy:

Most Significant Issue: Has not responded as of 9/21/2018

Plan to Address it: Has not responded as of 9/21/2018

Jennifer Mossotti:

Most significant Issue: The specific challenge is funding. I am proud to have introduced Lexington’s “Breaking the Bronze Ceiling” initiative, a campaign to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. In addition, the 9th district recently became home to “Katsina,” Kentucky’s first sculpture on public property to answer the 2015 call of the Kentucky Human Rights Commission for more sculptures honoring women. Currently, we are finishing the remaining elements to complete the park's sensory art portion.

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Plan to Address It: Recently, the council passed an ordinance that provided a dedicated funding stream for public arts projects, I believe this is a step in the right direction.

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Community Design

Jacob Glancy:

Most Significant Issue: Has not responded as of 9/21/2018

Plan to Address it: Has not responded as of 9/21/2018

Jennifer Mossotti:

Most Significant Issue: I believe the way we design and build our communities impacts our physical and mental well-being. Once people can walk or bike where they need to go, automobile traffic decreases, improving our air quality and respiratory health. We work closely with the Fayette County Neighborhood Council to make sure residents understand the role of the Comprehensive Plan and how it governs equitable development , and enhances our quality of life, while leveraging our community resources and infrastructure.

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Plan to Address It: I support Lexington’s comprehensive, participatory and strategic planning methods being reviewed through our 2018 Comprehensive plan. Communication, participation, and involvement are essential. The challenge is having ongoing citizen input to advance which requires a proactive rather than a reactive approach to community design. The Fayette County Neighborhood Council annually hosts a workshop that's held in the district at the UU Church where citizens are invited and encouraged to participate.

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Development & Housing

Jacob Glancy:

Most Significant Issue: Has not responded as of 9/21/2018

Plan to Address it: Has not responded as of 9/21/2018

Jennifer Mossotti:

Most Significant Issue: Lexington is a city of unique neighborhoods and it is essential that we protect the character of every neighborhood so that they each continue to flourish. We must continue to strive to provide a diverse mix of housing choices for all stages of life and income ranges.

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Plan to Address It: I will work to protect the integrity of all neighborhoods and to make varied housing available. I support efforts to create a wide variety of housing options that create neighborhood vitality. The City must continue to focus on protecting and preserving our existing neighborhoods. The Council is committed to addressing affordable housing availability where needed. In my district, I will continue to work closely with the residents to prevent negative impacts in their existing neighborhoods.

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Economic Development

Jacob Glancy:

Most Significant Issue: Has not responded as of 9/21/2018

Plan to Address it: Has not responded as of 9/21/2018

Jennifer Mossotti:

Most Significant Issue: I support the City’s efforts to bring economic opportunity and growth to Lexington by investing in our community's quality of life, which leads to economic growth, making new investments again possible. A Living wage, opportunities for advancement, and better benefits for lower wage positions encourages job retention. It's a continuing cycle that has brought us low unemployment and rising average incomes. More people are employed in Lexington now than at any time. We are on the right track.

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Plan to Address It: The land exchange with UK for a shovel ready business park will be a jumpstart for business. But, we should promote infrastructure improvements, maintain an educated workforce and offer amenities that will make Lexington appealing. The 9th district is home to retail and restaurant sectors and is the shopping hub for many other counties, significantly contributing to our economy. Filling the many jobs that these businesses require is difficult at a time of low unemployment and on-line shopping.

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Education

Jacob Glancy:

Most Significant Issue: Has not responded as of 9/21/2018

Plan to Address it: Has not responded as of 9/21/2018

Jennifer Mossotti:

Most Significant Issue: Both the City of Lexington and Fayette County Public Schools want great schools because they help create a strong workforce, boosting the economy at the local and national level.

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Plan to Address it: I believe that we must maintain an open dialogue with the school system to promote student achievement by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. I encourage the City of Lexington and Fayette County Public Schools to partner together in the interest of a better community. At the City level, I am committed to the continued funding of the Partners for Youth program.

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Environment & Energy

Jacob Glancy:

Most Significant Issue: Has not responded as of 9/21/2018

Plan to Address it: Has not responded as of 9/21/2018

Jennifer Mossotti:

Most Significant Issue: I support taking the necessary steps to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy and will continue to advocate for clean energy solutions and a healthy community.

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Plan to Address It: I will continue to encourage Lexington to join the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. I have proposed a city office of environmental sustainability. I support clean energy and a more sustainable community focusing on alternative transportation and increasing recycling and decreasing plastic usage. Increasing the 9th district's tree canopy to 30% is my goal. I support the efforts of “reforesting the Bluegrass” at Shillito Park and other parks and city owned property in the district.

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General Governance

Jacob Glancy:

Most Significant Issue: Has not responded as of 9/21/2018

Plan to Address it: Has not responded as of 9/21/2018

Jennifer Mossotti:

Most Significant Issue: While Lexington has generally been transparent and responsive to citizen issues and encourages public input—and is continually improving on those fronts, I recognize that there is a definite need to have more diverse boards And commissions representation. Today, our society is more diverse than ever before. Lexington’s population is 71% White, 14.3% Black, and 6.89% Hispanic and 13.2% of the people speak a non-English language.

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Plan to Address It: I am committed to continue working to ensure all our citizens, no matter their race or ethnicity have a voice. As Chairwoman of the Planning and Public Safety Committee, this item will be deliberated next month.

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Immigration

Jacob Glancy:

Most Significant Issue: Has not responded as of 9/21/2018

Plan to Address it: Has not responded as of 9/21/2018

Jennifer Mossotti:

Most Significant Issue: We pride ourselves on being a “nation of immigrants,” and on the values of fairness and equality. I believe it's possible to address immigration challenges and also treat immigrants with dignity and respect. We should strive to ensure that through necessary immigration reforms immigrants can successfully become a part of our American society, and achieve lawful status on a path to citizenship, helping to build our thriving and diverse country and make valuable contributions to our community.

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Plan to Address It: It is advantageous to help immigrants to find jobs, to start new businesses to pay sales taxes, and to file state and federal income tax returns. The taxes they ultimately pay will more than cover the cost of things like public education and healthcare. If there is poverty and suffering in other parts of the world, people will continue to seek to come to the U.S. to achieve a better life. We must continually review and revise our immigration policies.

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Public Health

Jacob Glancy:

Most Significant Issue: Has not responded as of 9/21/2018

Plan to Address it: Has not responded as of 9/21/2018

Jennifer Mossitti:

Most significant Issue: As our population continues to age, we must improve the quality of life through prevention and treatment of disease, including mental health. This is done in large part through the promotion of healthy behaviors. Modern life in America has led many people to eat more unhealthy foods, eat bigger food portions, and be less active, which in turn leads to rising health care costs and rising insurance rates. Lexington is also facing a public health crisis with the increased use of opioids.

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Plan to Address It: We can save lives, and save money at the same time if we invest in evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery strategies. Evidence shows that when we invest in prevention, we save lives as well as spare budgets. I pledge to continue to work towards increased public education, increased access to treatment, enhanced penalties for major traffickers, and greater access to Narcan.

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Public Safety

Jacob Glancy:

Most Significant Issue: Has not responded as of 9/21/2018

Plan to Address it: Has not responded as of 9/21/2018

Jennifer Mossotti:

Most Significant Issue: Public safety is routinely number one in our City’s budget each year—as it should be. I remain committed to investing in our police, fire, and corrections as necessary to ensure we continue to have the largest, best trained, and best equipped police force possible. The 9th district has been fortunate no to have as many Part I crimes as some other parts of the city. Most of the crimes have centered around home burglaries, and auto larcenies as a result of drug related offenses.

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Plan to Address It: I have hosted and have had the police present at every neighborhood association meeting advising residents on neighborhood security and facilitating neighborhood watch programs. I will continue to provide the residents with the expertise of the police, and ensure that citizen’s calls are responded to by the police department in an appropriate and timely manner. Every resident and their family members should feel safe and secure in their home.

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Transportation

Jacob Glancy:

Most Significant Issue: Has not responded as of 9/21/2018

Plan to Address it: Has not responded as of 9/21/2018

Jennifer Mossotti:

Most Significant Issue: Rising traffic congestion is an inescapable challenge in large and growing metropolitan areas like Lexington. A balanced transportation system is essential.

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Plan to Address It: Optimizing traffic-light management, using CCTV to monitor road conditions, enforcing existing traffic laws, improving perceptions of buses, improving cycling infrastructure, improving bus services, developing and refining park-and-ride are just some of things needed to help ease traffic congestion—and many of those things we are already doing here in Lexington. I support the use of Intelligent Transportation System devices to speed traffic flows.

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Richard Young