Jim Davis

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Question 1: 

What are the major issues facing the City of Berea?

The Mayor, City Council, and the City Administrator need to work together for the betterment and good of the community with open, honest government.  The city also needs to work with the Chamber of Commerce, Tourism, and Economic Development to bring business to and promote our community.  A few years ago we went through a drought.  As Berea continues to grow we need to make sure we have enough water as well as other essential services for the citizens of Berea.

Question 2: 

What is your position on future growth and development issues as they affect Berea; including further development of historical districts, tourism, and sustainable “buy local” initiatives?

As a former business owner, I support buying local  goods, services and agriculture products.  In order for people to buy local, the City of Berea and Planning and Zoning has to become more "business friendly" and encourage both small and large businesses to come to our community.  Tourism has always been very important to Berea.  With the Tourism Tax dollars we have and if they are spent wisely, and for the purpose intended, we can see tourism become a larger part of our economy.

Question 3: 

Are you in favor of the development of pedestrian and bicycle pathways as safe and practical options to motorized transportation in Berea? If so, what projects of this kind would be your priority?

I am very much in favor of the development of pedestrian and bicycle pathways when advisable and economically feasible.  One project that needs immediate attention is a sidewalk from the Alumni Building to Elm Street on Scaffold Cane Road.

Question 4: 

State and federal laws do not exist that ban discrimination against people in areas of housing, employment and public accommodation based on perceived sexual orientation and gender identity. Knowing that, would you be in favor of passing a fairness ordinance in Berea that would address this type of discrimination? Please explain.

No, I would not support a fairness ordinance.  I firmly believe that people of perceived sexual orientation and gender identity are entitled to every protection under the law, same as for me.  I do not believe the founders of this nation believed in, nor do I believe in "special protections" for any group or class of people, black, white, gay, straight, female or male.

Question 5: 

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in the years of 2010-2014, 19.7% of the residents of Madison County lived below the poverty line. What policies will you support to improve the availability of safe affordable housing and increased economic opportunities for all citizens?

The years 2010-2014 were a bad time in Madison County and our country as a whole.  City Administrator Rand Stone reported to the Berea Rotary Club on August 23, 2016, there are 300 jobs available in Berea industries.  People have to want to work and be able to pass a drug test.  That said, I would like to see the Industrial Development Committee, the Berea Economic Director, and the Berea Chamber of Commerce to work together and continue to look for new and varied industries and businesses to come to Berea.  As we know, the city's main source of revenue comes from the payroll tax.

Question 6: 

What actions or initiatives can the city take to provide help and alternatives to families and people in Berea living with addiction?

For the most part, using/abusing drugs is a choice, not something one is forced to do.  I do not understand with all the knowledge and education that we have today on what drugs will do to you, why people start using them.  Millions of taxpayers dollars have been spent on the "War On Drugs", and we still have the problem.

Question 7: 

What measures do you support to foster good relations between law enforcement officers and our local community?

To my knowledge, there is a good relationship between law enforcement and the community.  However, I would like to see the police out of their cars and interacting with the community more.

Question 8: 

Last year there was a great deal of controversy around the selling of confederate flag merchandise at the Spoonbread Festival, and Berea students reported being harassed on the basis of race while in town. Given that, what measures do you support to address racial harassment in Berea?

It is my understanding that harassment is a crime and punishable under the law.  People that are harassed should report it to law enforcement and press charges.  Treating people with dignity and respect starts at home.

Question 9: 

Berea is in the midst of making long-term decisions about where and how it gets and manages its wholesale electric power. Beyond safety, reliability and affordability, what considerations should be made with respect to Berea's electric power choices?

The current council voted to go with a utility company for 5 years after the current contract with KU ends.  Now it is to the Mayor and City Administrator to carry out their vote in a timely manner.