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CivicLex Candidate Survey

District 8

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Fred Brown

Top Three Issue Priorities:
Has not responded as of 9/21/2018

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Christian Motley

Top Three Issue Priorities:
Education, General Governance, & Public Safety


Agriculture & Food Systems

Fred Brown:

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

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

Christian Motley:

Most Significant Issue: In my day job, I get to spend a lot time learning about how school systems and local governments across the country are collaborating to support young people in new and innovative ways. During recent trip to Indianapolis, I had a 6th grader explain to me the gardening program they have at his school, and how he is learning about the different plant-based foods he can not only eat, but grow. I left considering how we might tap into our natural resources and connect young people with the land.

Plan to Address it: Our Tates Creek campus neighbors Gainesway Park, which I believe has already been used to open opportunities for students to activate their learning. I would like to work with neighborhood partners to develop strategies during out of school time, and particularly during the summer. Activities and supports for young people have come up a ton in my conversations across the district with voters, and I think this could be a place to build.


Arts & Culture

Fred Brown:

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

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

Christian Motley:

Most Significant Issue: A recent report from WalletHub compared the 501 most populated cities in the U.S. and found Lexington to be one of the least diverse in the country. Diversity and inclusion is a priority, not only because I see it as an essential lever to improve residents' quality of life, but it is also an economic issue. The Herald Leader reported that experts told Wallethub that “diversity brings broader and deeper pools of talent for businesses that also can be more diverse in their offerings."

Plan to Address it: In March 2018, in my role as director of New Leaders Council Kentucky our team led an effort, in collaboration with local partners, to organize a convening of young professionals of color for a constructive dialogue about how we elevate equitable quality of life solutions for all Lexington residents a priority. This work will require a new commitment to inclusive resourcing of entrepreneurs, cultivating young and diverse leadership, and to better engaging our youth.


Community Design

Fred Brown:

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

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

Christian Motley:

Most Significant Issue: I believe that in order for Lexington to be the best place to live, work, and raise a family we need new leadership that will see our people as our greatest strength. We need strategies that invest in children, grow economic opportunity, and build safe and healthy neighborhoods across our entire community.

Plan to Address it: I believe local leaders must advance a smart growth strategy that does not leave our people behind. Let’s grow in way that is informed by greater input from and collaboration with our neighbors. Let’s incentivize inclusion and dynamic design, promote green space, walkability and connectivity – ensuring that everyone from retirees to young children have safe routes to schools, libraries, and parks.


Development & Housing

Fred Brown:

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

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

Christian Motley:

Most Significant Issue: In a recent report from the Lexington Fair Housing Council Report, Locked Out, they raised housing instability as a key issue. They named that as many as 19% of renters could be evicted in an average year, and those who experience eviction of 11-22% more likely to also experience job loss. This is an economic issue, and some of the highest eviction areas include pockets in my district.

Plan to Address it: For affordable housing, many solutions center on home ownership. I want to ensure that we do not forget those who rent as well. I believe our work is to build ladders of opportunity for families working to make ends meet, and I support the creation of the Taskforce on Neighborhoods in Transition to review strategies to support low income residents vulnerable to increases in rent costs.


Economic Development

Fred Brown:

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

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

Christian Motley:

Most Significant Issue: Since the Great Recession, Lexington has brought the unemployment rate down from 9 percent, in 2010, down to 3 percent today. But low unemployment does not equal success. Our neighbors want good jobs with a living wage in a community where they believe they can thrive.

Plan to Address it: I supported the Council’s vote to increase the minimum wage to $10.10/hr., but I also but that’s only a start. We’ve got invest in workforce solutions that demand a higher wage and promote ladders of opportunity. I would seek and promote partnerships to fill the gap in skilled workers, strengthened supports to an emerging class of entrepreneurs, and be attentive to growth opportunities in our signature industries.


Education

Fred Brown:

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

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

Christian Motley:

Most Significant Issue: The biggest priority for our community has to be our support and investment in our young people.

Plan to Address it: I’m calling for an all-in cradle to career strategy that that looks along the entire path of a child and asks at each point along that path, how are we supporting kids. That requires a commitment to access to high quality early care and education, community-based partnerships for mentorship and enrichment, and career connected learning. True community support for kids values the entire ecosystem around that child to advance better and more equitable solutions for children and youth.


Environment & Energy

Fred Brown:

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

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

Christian Motley:

Most Significant Issue: I am committed to sustainability. My story includes years spent as a student at Berea College, where the consideration of one’s impact on the environment was elevated as one of the college’s Great Commitments.

Plan to Address it: In April, Lexington Herald-Leader reported that Kentucky is ranked 48th nationally for environmental quality, and 45th in the number of LEED certified buildings per capita. I would support proposals to incentivize construction of buildings with this certification. Additionally, I would support efforts of agencies like Lextran, whose new headquarters is LEED Gold certified, to continue to invest in environmentally friendly transit options with CNG and electric buses.


General Governance

Fred Brown:

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

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

Christian Motley:

Most Significant Issue: I value transparency, community input, and a results orientation with an equity lens.

Plan to Address it: One of my favorite initiatives over the last few years has been the implementation of the On the Table Conversations, particularly as a access point for community members for commentary to inform the comprehensive planning process. I would look into how might utilize these kinds of conversations in the 8th District for planning.


Immigration

Fred Brown:

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

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

Christian Motley:

Most Significant Issue: Leaders in Washington continue to fail to take action on comprehensive immigration reform. This inaction facilitates low wages, creates barriers to educational opportunity and healthcare, and most recently has facilitated callus policy making that has separated families and made immigrants to feel less safe and supported.

Plan to Address it: Recent stories of family separation and child trauma have been heartbreaking. Local leaders must not allow us to be complicit in the separation of families. Moreover, I believe we should work to equip students academically, make sure workforce and post-secondary learning opportunities are accessible , and further evaluate local levers for help make Lexington a leader among states and cities around the country to prioritize inclusion and celebrate our diverse community as our strength.


Public Health

Fred Brown:

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

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

Christian Motley:

Most Significant Issue: Safe and healthy neighborhoods are the foundation of a strong community. Once elected, I will have a laser-like focus on working to ensure that our neighborhoods are free from crime and addiction, and no child lives in fear of violence.

Plan to Address it: I see violence as a health issue, and am continuing to look at models from across the country for violent crime reduction. I am encouraged by the new office in the Mayor’s Office – One Lexington. It leverages the mayor’s convening authority to bring cross functional collaborators to the table. I also support the COACH Fellowship, funded by the Kenan Charitable Trust, and a unique grassroots approach to engaging those who have had interactions with the justice system as leaders.


Public Safety

Fred Brown:

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

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

Christian Motley:

Most Significant Issue: Communities cannot be strong if they are not safe. I believed that as a young man growing up in a neighborhood in a small town literally known as “The Bottom.” I believe it now. I’ve spent my career sharing the simple fact that the earlier investments are made in our young people on the front end, the fewer resources that schools and law enforcement will have to expend on the back end. I believe that any vision for the success of our city has to reprioritize the lives of young people.

Plan to Address it: Earlier this year, the Council considered supporting legislation in Frankfort, HB169, that would have done more harm than good. A thoughtful, more authentic approach would include sharpening data systems to better identify and target opportunity youth, investing in local initiatives like Lexington’s new civic leadership pilot with Kenan Charitable Trust, and elevating cross-sector alignment for support.


Transportation

Fred Brown:

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

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

Christian Motley:

Most Significant Issue: Effective and efficient public transportation contributes to the economy, promotes sustainability, and enhances our quality of life as a personal mobility option for all Lexingtonians. With emerging services across ride-share, bike-share, fixed route buses, and paratransit, it will also important for us to consider how we create alignment and efficiency for residents and ensure mobility freedom for all.

Plan to Address it: What I heard during transit-focused On the Table conversation with fellow community members was a need to enhance accessibility options for those with disabilities. I support Lextran’s efforts to improve the experience of everyone, particularly those with a visual and mobility disability, with wayfinding signage and technology solutions. I would also support pedestrian and rider enhancements like ramps, walkways, and signals where necessary.


Richard Young