FOX 56’s Bode Brooks sat down with three of the four candidates— David Kloiber, Adrian Wallace, and Linda Gorton— to ask questions as well as discuss issues including crime, homelessness, infrastructure and traffic, and ways to keep Lexington affordable.
The fourth candidate, William Weyman, is not actively campaigning.
The three candidates had many similarities, but their approaches to crime showed the biggest divide.
Who is David Kloiber?
Kloiber is a nonpartisan candidate who lives in Lexington.
The first-term Lexington city councilmember, and practiced business professional graduated from UK with a liberal studies degree.
“Outside of his position on council, David is focused on bringing opportunities to the children of Lexington through his work as the President of the Kloiber Foundation,” reads Kloiber’s city council page.
Kloiber cites his experience in both management and investing to help him understand job creation and budget management as key experience points on his campaign website.
The Lexington Catholic High School graduate currently serves on the environmental quality and public works committee and planning and public safety committee.
Kloiber currently sits on the vacant property review commission, commission for people with disabilities, the city employees pension fund board, and previously was the treasurer for the industrial authority board.
“I had a lot of experience in business, helping to grow companies, I’ve had a lot of experience in the community with nonprofits and so I’ve spent the time here on council seeing which pieces of those experiences fit best at getting things done,” Kloiber told FOX 56.
“If we want experience at doing the same things, that’s what we already have. But if want to address the problems that have gone under-addressed for so long, then I bring the experience for change,” he said.
David Kloiber’s stance on issues
In Kloiber’s roughly 14-minute interview, he addresses how Lexington’s approaches to issues such as violence, housing, and transportation have failed and are in need of new approaches such as new crime programs, housing investment, and infrastructure policy.
Wallace said Lexington deserves better than what it has and the city needs to bring in proven policies to address it now.
“With violence going through the roof, with housing costs continuing to increase, and wages not keeping up with inflation we have some real work to do,” Kloiber said.
Violence through the roof: Group violence intervention
Kloiber wants to use Group Violence Intervention (GVI) to reduce crime. A program that tries to reduce homicide and gun violence, while minimizing harm to communities by replacing enforcement with deterrence, and fostering relationships between law enforcement and the people they serve, according to the National Network For Safe Communities at John Jay College.
“The violence it has to be addressed, currently we are not using a proven policy in order to try and address and reduce the violence on our streets”
“This program has been used for 20 to 30 years and has been shown to have a 60% reduction in violent crimes in areas where it’s been utilized.
“The cost of living in Lexington has been on a steady increase.”
“The solution to this problem is to create more houses; is to incentivize more houses in general. It’s supply and demand,” he said.
“We need to use revenues from the city to help with affordable housing, but we also need to use development policy to incentivize the building of more houses as quickly as possible because that’s what is going to keep rates lower for people living here in the city,” he said.
“We need to get people off of the streets and into programs that are going to do them the most good. Obviously, we know we have a robust nonprofit community. We have a continuum of care and we have a lot of support to try and help with homelessness. But it takes more than just that,” he said.
“It takes concerted effort to create policies that get people into these programs; even if they are not willing to do so on their own,” he said.
“One of the things I have noticed is we don’t have enough time to get a social worker to look at these individuals to see if there is a program that could help them. If we could put them into the drug court, if we could get them into a mental health program or into a drug abuse program,” he said.
“We need to be intentional about putting that kind of transportation in areas so that we’re not say, routing every single bus through a transfer terminal downtown and instead make those round trips much shorter,” he said.
“As far as the infrastructure of our city and how it grows; we have economic drivers that our going underutilized.”
“In our city, we have two interstates at an interchange. Something that you only have 6 of in this country at this size,” he said. “Currently we are not utilizing that space for economic development or housing. We need to make sure that in the places where we have infrastructure like near the interstate, we continue to grow and expand in a way that going to make sure we have sustainable growth for the next 50 years and beyond.”