Stephanie Spires on Current Issues
Economic Development- The 3rd District is a unique district made up of downtown Lexington, the University of Kentucky, and historic neighborhoods housing students and families. It is the economic center of Lexington, providing jobs, education, and culture to our community.
If elected, I will advocate for downtown businesses and events and work alongside the Mayor, Council, and other community leaders to promote job creation and economic growth. Additionally, because arts and entertainment are vital to attracting businesses and retaining local talent, I will continue to advocate for a downtown arts district and local arts organizations.
Historic Preservation and Downtown Design- The 3rd District has a rich history that is evidenced in its architecture and design. If elected, I will work alongside the Bluegrass Trust for Historic Preservation, the LFUCG Historic Preservation staff, and local leaders to examine and update our historic preservation laws. I want Lexington to grow in a way that is friendly to economic development while also preserving the historical treasures that make it special.
Additionally, I want to work with community leaders to strengthen the downtown design plan and promote green building initiatives. A cohesive plan will help preserve a shared vision for the future.
Housing- Housing remains an issue that confronts the 3rd District. I am excited to see the University take steps to build more campus housing, which will hopefully ease the tensions that sometimes result when undergraduate students and single-family households live side-by-side.
As a former University of Kentucky employee and Advisor to the Kentucky House Majority Whip and the Kentucky House of Representatives, I understand the facility and housing issues facing our community. If elected, I will work to strengthen “town and gown” relations, and facilitate a partnership between UK and residents of the 3rd District.
Infrastructure- Maintaining Lexington’s infrastructure is a necessary but often forgotten obligation, particularly during difficult economic times like the present. If elected, I will work to preserve Lexington in the most fiscally responsible manner possible, so that we leave the great city we live in behind for our children.
Safety- Though Lexington is a safe city; many of our neighbors do not feel as safe as they once did. In 2011, I was appointed to the LFUCG’s Commission on Youth Development and Public Safety alongside several community leaders and local law enforcement. If elected, I want to make sure we live in safe neighborhoods protected by police and fire professionals. Additionally, I want to work with community partners to strengthen programming that provides opportunities, education, and mentors for our young, at-risk children and youth.
Social Services- As a foster parent, nonprofit consultant, and community volunteer, I understand the issues facing Lexington families and the organizations that provide services to these families. If elected, I will work alongside other leaders in government, business, philanthropy, health and social services, recreation, the faith community, education, and citizen volunteers to ensure that the needs of everyone in our community are being addressed.
Through my work with nonprofit entities, public and private boards, and other organizations, I have met many other passionate and intelligent individuals, and collaborated with them to resolve problems large and small. While always staying true to myself and my beliefs, I have developed the ability to listen attentively to the viewpoints of others, consider and resolve opposing arguments, and work with others, not against them, to come up with the best solution to any challenge. I cannot wait to bring this approach of listening and shared problem solving to the LFUCG Council, and I sincerely appreciate your support.
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