Kentucky's 2022 General Election
Franklin County, Kentucky
*(i) indicates an incumbent candidate, i.e. someone who already holds the office and is running for re-election.
Candidate Kelly May: I believe we should have a systematic approach to tackling the discussion of economic growth in Franklin County.
1.) We need to identify all available property zoned for development, what amenities / utilities it offers and catalog that information digitally so that it is accessible to all interested parties.
2.) Using data collected from recent community studies (i.e. comp plan/downtown master plan) identify what sites are best suited for those projects.
3.) We must then do the research to identify what industries or business would thrive in our community and reach out to them with properties that would suit their needs.
4.) Once we have recruited the businesses to our community, we should continue to follow up with them to talk about their future needs so that we can plan for the future. It's imperative we do this with our existing business partners also.
Together Frankfort: What could our community do to address climate change?
Candidate Kelly May: I'm happy to say that the city passed a resolution to reach 100% clean energy for city operations by 2023 and community wide by 2030. We have partnered with NREL (National Renewable Energy Lab) to help us reach these goals. We also provided additional funding at my request and unanimous support of the BOC to address energy equity in our studies so that we can reduce the energy burden on lower income communities.
Together Frankfort: What are your priorities for Planning and Zoning?
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Together Frankfort: In what circumstances would you support using Tax Increment Financing (TIF)?
Candidate Kelly May: When projects fit into our strategic plan we should use every available resource to secure the project. I think we should identify what areas of the city could qualify for economic incentives now, so that when it's time to have the discussion with potential developers, we're ready.
Only 33% of eligible Franklin County voters participated in the last election and that was considered a good turnout. What do you think can be done to increase voter turnout and engagement?
Candidate Kelly May: By using data, we should continue to target precincts who have low voter turn out using social media and having voting registration/awareness events in those communities.
Together Frankfort: What is your opinion about election security in Franklin County?
Candidate Kelly May: I know we have the best people working to ensure a fair and secure election and trust Jeff Hancock and his team at the Franklin County Clerks Office.
Together Frankfort: What specific measures do you believe could reduce gun violence in Kentucky and if elected, what would you do to make sure those measures are put in place?
Candidate Kelly May: Reducing Gun violence is much larger than gun control. We are past gun control, though screening before purchase should occur and licensing should continue. This violence is nonsense, personal tit for tat, and culture issues. We need to engage and enforce sentences and punishments in these senseless acts. It seems the value of the human race has deeply declined over the past few years which is very sad.
I would support and encourage more community events to promote family, community and support. In hopes these interactions would eliminate the hate in this world and encourage love, compassion and accountability.
Together Frankfort: Suicides account for 66% of all gun deaths in Kentucky. Do you have proposals that would reduce those deaths?
Candidate Kelly May: I will support any proposal that helps reduce gun violence in our community and helps ensure equitable access to mental health services.
Together Frankfort: The federal government has just passed legislation that would send money to Kentucky for gun violence prevention--specifically for enacting a red flag law or something similar. How would you propose to spend that money to prevent gun violence in our commonwealth?
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Together Frankfort: What is your position on Dark Money?
Candidate Kelly May: I believe in being transparent and honest when it comes to who supports my campaign financially and would support legislation that makes it harder to accept Dark Money.
Candidate Kelly May: Yes
What is your position on reproductive health care for women and Constitutional Amendment #2?
Candidate Kelly May: I don't think opinions of morality, based on religious beliefs or personal beliefs should influence a woman's right to healthcare. That's a decision that should be made between a woman and her healthcare provider, not the government.
What is your position on expanding mental health care in Franklin County?
Candidate Kelly May: It's necessary if we want reduce gun violence, drug abuse, child abuse, suicide, domestic violence, animal abuse etc. It will take a community wide effort to support and fund the infrastructure necessary however and now more than ever, we must commit to solving these issues.
Candidate Kelly May: Yes, I would be open to bringing all the stake holders to the table to begin discussions about ensuring we have affordable housing in our community.
Together Frankfort expresses our sincere appreciation to Candidate Kelly May, along with other City Commission Candidates Hale, Thompson, and Waldridge for responding to the questionnaire.
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