MY COMMITMENT TO EDUCATION

The city and school system must lock arms to ensure every child receives an equal opportunity to succeed. We must work together to provide students with a safe environment in which to study and work.  To our children and families, education is the cornerstone of a happy and successful life.  For our community, education is a key component of a robust economy.  If we want a skilled workforce, education must be we our first focus. We must offer education that prepares students for a market that is demanding skill-intensive jobs. And, opportunities given our well-educated graduates help reduce the likelihood of criminal activity.

As your Mayor

  • I will make sure the safety of our students and the resources needed to protect them are top priority.
  • I will commit every relevant office to eliminate barriers and gaps to the opportunities facing our communities that are preventing our children from succeeding in the classroom.
  • I will support innovative programs, such as our high school academies, that allow students to learn about different careers. These programs give students the opportunity to take rigorous courses aimed at their selected career tracks, and offer hands-on experience through internships.  Programs like this engage students in their education in new and exciting ways, and provide important experiences that prepare them for college and the workforce.

MY COMMITMENT TO ENCOURAGE AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Lexington’s Affordable Housing Program is a great benefit to our community, but our need for housing is beginning to outpace our current commitment. As we attract more citizens to the many opportunities Lexington has to offer, we must assure that we also offer housing stock that they can afford.

I believe we need a dedicated funding stream to support our program – something that currently is lacking. As your mayor, I will strengthen our partnerships with developers, while seeking a dedicated funding source to amplify the program. My goal is to create a reliable funding mechanism for our Affordable Housing Program, reducing the costs for developers as they boost our housing stock.

MY COMMITMENT TO TRANSPARENCY AND EFFICIENCY WITH OUR BUDGET

As a long-time, committed steward of your tax dollars, I will manage Lexington’s budget with responsibility, integrity and transparency. I hope our citizens pay attention to where their money is spent. I’m committed to assuring they have access to the government they fund. Balancing our need to support so many programs –  from our first responders to our city parks – has highlighted my service as vice mayor and council member, and will continue when I am mayor.

It’s important to leverage the strong economy we have now in order to build a budget that can withstand a downturn. This year we saw the state phase in an unfunded mandate for higher pension contributions from the city government. We need to plan for federal and state funding cuts that will plague our city budget – and be ready for the increased pressure those cuts will put on our taxpayers.

MY COMMITMENT TO OUR NEIGHBORHOODS

Lexington is earning a national attention as a destination city. We love our visitors as well as new residents who decide to relocate here.  Yet we must remember our backbone: the wonderful neighborhoods that have supported and nurtured our growth from a small town to a mid-sized city. As we continue to grow, we must focus on assuring the strength and connectedness of our neighborhoods. As your mayor, I will focus on breaking down barriers in order to build a stronger and more connected community.  As l advocate for citizen involvement in schools and neighborhoods, I also will call upon a wide array of citizens to serve government. I will review procedures for appointments to the city’s many boards and commissions and seek community input to ensure diverse and inclusive representation. We must listen to our many voices and utilize our many talents.

MY COMMITMENT TO THE URBAN SERVICE BOUNDARY

The Urban Service Boundary works well to preserve our unique brand – a thriving mid-size city surrounded by beautiful, working farms and countryside. Our brand makes Lexington a destination city for tourists. The Number One reason people come here is to see the beautiful farmland. And it protects our $2.3 billion agriculture industry, upon which one of every 12 jobs is dependent. So it is very important that we maintain that boundary.

At the same time, we know that smart growth is important for our vitality as a city. We currently have thousands of acres remaining within the boundary that, with careful planning, can be utilized for the growth we need.

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MY COMMITMENT TO EDUCATION

The city and school system must lock arms to ensure every child receives an equal opportunity to succeed. We must work together to provide students with a safe environment in which to study and work.  To our children and families, education is the cornerstone of a happy and successful life.  For our community, education is a key component of a robust economy.  If we want a skilled workforce, education must be we our first focus. We must offer education that prepares students for a market that is demanding skill-intensive jobs. And, opportunities given our well-educated graduates help reduce the likelihood of criminal activity.

As your Mayor

  • I will make sure the safety of our students and the resources needed to protect them are top priority.
  • I will commit every relevant office to eliminate barriers and gaps to the opportunities facing our communities that are preventing our children from succeeding in the classroom.
  • I will support innovative programs, such as our high school academies, that allow students to learn about different careers. These programs give students the opportunity to take rigorous courses aimed at their selected career tracks, and offer hands-on experience through internships.  Programs like this engage students in their education in new and exciting ways, and provide important experiences that prepare them for college and the workforce.

MY COMMITMENT TO ENCOURAGE AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Lexington’s Affordable Housing Program is a great benefit to our community, but our need for housing is beginning to outpace our current commitment. As we attract more citizens to the many opportunities Lexington has to offer, we must assure that we also offer housing stock that they can afford.

I believe we need a dedicated funding stream to support our program – something that currently is lacking. As your mayor, I will strengthen our partnerships with developers, while seeking a dedicated funding source to amplify the program. My goal is to create a reliable funding mechanism for our Affordable Housing Program, reducing the costs for developers as they boost our housing stock.

MY COMMITMENT TO TRANSPARENCY AND EFFICIENCY WITH OUR BUDGET

As a long-time, committed steward of your tax dollars, I will manage Lexington’s budget with responsibility, integrity and transparency. I hope our citizens pay attention to where their money is spent. I’m committed to assuring they have access to the government they fund. Balancing our need to support so many programs –  from our first responders to our city parks – has highlighted my service as vice mayor and council member, and will continue when I am mayor.

It’s important to leverage the strong economy we have now in order to build a budget that can withstand a downturn. This year we saw the state phase in an unfunded mandate for higher pension contributions from the city government. We need to plan for federal and state funding cuts that will plague our city budget – and be ready for the increased pressure those cuts will put on our taxpayers.

MY COMMITMENT TO OUR NEIGHBORHOODS

Lexington is earning a national attention as a destination city. We love our visitors as well as new residents who decide to relocate here.  Yet we must remember our backbone: the wonderful neighborhoods that have supported and nurtured our growth from a small town to a mid-sized city. As we continue to grow, we must focus on assuring the strength and connectedness of our neighborhoods. As your mayor, I will focus on breaking down barriers in order to build a stronger and more connected community.  As l advocate for citizen involvement in schools and neighborhoods, I also will call upon a wide array of citizens to serve government. I will review procedures for appointments to the city’s many boards and commissions and seek community input to ensure diverse and inclusive representation. We must listen to our many voices and utilize our many talents.

MY COMMITMENT TO THE URBAN SERVICE BOUNDARY

The Urban Service Boundary works well to preserve our unique brand – a thriving mid-size city surrounded by beautiful, working farms and countryside. Our brand makes Lexington a destination city for tourists. The Number One reason people come here is to see the beautiful farmland. And it protects our $2.3 billion agriculture industry, upon which one of every 12 jobs is dependent. So it is very important that we maintain that boundary.

At the same time, we know that smart growth is important for our vitality as a city. We currently have thousands of acres remaining within the boundary that, with careful planning, can be utilized for the growth we need.

Get Involved

Stay Informed!

MY COMMITMENT TO EDUCATION

The city and school system must lock arms to ensure every child receives an equal opportunity to succeed. We must work together to provide students with a safe environment in which to study and work.  To our children and families, education is the cornerstone of a happy and successful life.  For our community, education is a key component of a robust economy.  If we want a skilled workforce, education must be we our first focus. We must offer education that prepares students for a market that is demanding skill-intensive jobs. And, opportunities given our well-educated graduates help reduce the likelihood of criminal activity.

As your Mayor

  • I will make sure the safety of our students and the resources needed to protect them are top priority.
  • I will commit every relevant office to eliminate barriers and gaps to the opportunities facing our communities that are preventing our children from succeeding in the classroom.
  • I will support innovative programs, such as our high school academies, that allow students to learn about different careers. These programs give students the opportunity to take rigorous courses aimed at their selected career tracks, and offer hands-on experience through internships.  Programs like this engage students in their education in new and exciting ways, and provide important experiences that prepare them for college and the workforce.

MY COMMITMENT TO ENCOURAGE AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Lexington’s Affordable Housing Program is a great benefit to our community, but our need for housing is beginning to outpace our current commitment. As we attract more citizens to the many opportunities Lexington has to offer, we must assure that we also offer housing stock that they can afford.

I believe we need a dedicated funding stream to support our program – something that currently is lacking. As your mayor, I will strengthen our partnerships with developers, while seeking a dedicated funding source to amplify the program. My goal is to create a reliable funding mechanism for our Affordable Housing Program, reducing the costs for developers as they boost our housing stock.

MY COMMITMENT TO TRANSPARENCY AND EFFICIENCY WITH OUR BUDGET

As a long-time, committed steward of your tax dollars, I will manage Lexington’s budget with responsibility, integrity and transparency. I hope our citizens pay attention to where their money is spent. I’m committed to assuring they have access to the government they fund. Balancing our need to support so many programs –  from our first responders to our city parks – has highlighted my service as vice mayor and council member, and will continue when I am mayor.

It’s important to leverage the strong economy we have now in order to build a budget that can withstand a downturn. This year we saw the state phase in an unfunded mandate for higher pension contributions from the city government. We need to plan for federal and state funding cuts that will plague our city budget – and be ready for the increased pressure those cuts will put on our taxpayers.

MY COMMITMENT TO OUR NEIGHBORHOODS

Lexington is earning a national attention as a destination city. We love our visitors as well as new residents who decide to relocate here.  Yet we must remember our backbone: the wonderful neighborhoods that have supported and nurtured our growth from a small town to a mid-sized city. As we continue to grow, we must focus on assuring the strength and connectedness of our neighborhoods. As your mayor, I will focus on breaking down barriers in order to build a stronger and more connected community.  As l advocate for citizen involvement in schools and neighborhoods, I also will call upon a wide array of citizens to serve government. I will review procedures for appointments to the city’s many boards and commissions and seek community input to ensure diverse and inclusive representation. We must listen to our many voices and utilize our many talents.

MY COMMITMENT TO THE URBAN SERVICE BOUNDARY

The Urban Service Boundary works well to preserve our unique brand – a thriving mid-size city surrounded by beautiful, working farms and countryside. Our brand makes Lexington a destination city for tourists. The Number One reason people come here is to see the beautiful farmland. And it protects our $2.3 billion agriculture industry, upon which one of every 12 jobs is dependent. So it is very important that we maintain that boundary.

At the same time, we know that smart growth is important for our vitality as a city. We currently have thousands of acres remaining within the boundary that, with careful planning, can be utilized for the growth we need.

Get Involved

Stay Informed!

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