J. Kelly Huff

District/Office: 
Political party: 
Nonpartisan
Question 1: 

Currently people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ+) lack protection from discrimination in housing, employment, or public accommodation under state or federal law. Eight cities in Kentucky have passed their own expanded human rights ordinance, often referred to as a Fairness Ordinance, to extend protections to LGBTQ+ individuals. These cities include towns as small as Vicco (population 334), as large as Louisville (population 760,026), and as nearby as Covington (population 40,640). Do you support a Fairness Ordinance for Florence to protect LGBTQ+ individuals from discrimination?

I do not know enough to say that I agree with that specific legislation but I will say this that I do believe that people should not be discriminated against based upon their sexual preference. They should have equal rights but they shouldn't have special rights either.

Question 2: 

Most residents of Florence pride ourselves on being a welcoming community, and are excited about the many new families that have moved into our community over the past few years. Unfortunately, there have been several events to make many new residents feel less than welcome in our community. What will you do to create a community that is known for being welcoming of all people who call Florence home?

I am afraid that I am not sure what you are talking about when you reference several events? Perhaps next time you could give some specific examples of these events. We do have City Night's out (I believe 5 or 6 a year) where representatives from Public services, Police, Fire and Elected officials come out and meet the Public. We offer free Burgers, Dogs, Soda, water booths where we have interactive learning and prizes can be won. They are very fun for those that attend. We move them around and have them in different corners of the City so we can cover everyone. I would like to see better attendance at those events, not that is bad at most of these but we can do better. I am also open to any suggestions anyone else might have.

Question 3: 

Over the last several years we have seen the need for assistance for many families in our community rise. This is evident by new places that help feed and clothe low income residents, a consistent multi-month waiting period for Section 8 vouchers in Boone County, an increased number of people in our community experiencing homelessness or at risk for homelessness, and an increased number of students qualifying for free and reduced lunch. What steps can the city take to tackle housing issues in Florence?

I believe that we currently have an adequate amount of Public housing in our City. I believe the issue that needs addressed with many of these folks is a much bigger issue. I believe many of the homeless have either a substance abuse and/or a mental issue. This country needs to take a long serious look at people with these issues, many of these individuals wind up incarcerated where they do not get the treatment they need. I.E. When some crazy goes somewhere and shoots up the place, how about we blame the crazy person and not the Gun?

Question 4: 

What are your thoughts on the future of Northern Kentucky's public transit system, and how can we utilize it to help Florence grow without increasing traffic concerns? (In what ways do you think the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky [TANK] is important to our community? What ideas do you have for improving TANK, and have it better serve those who depend upon their services?)

I have not had any complaints from any constituents about any issues with Tank as it is operating now. I am not sure this is an issue.

Question 5: 

Citizens returning home from incarceration, and even those who have finished their probation and parole, often have trouble returning to their communities. Several cities and states have fostered initiatives aimed at helping these members of our community get back on the feet. Louisville and Cincinnati, for example, have removed questions about previous convictions from hiring applications. What steps do you feel Florence can and should take to help folks re-enter our community?

In a word, None, No steps at this time. I wish all of those returning to our community who have paid their debts to society all the Luck in the world but I have no plans to do anything on this at this time.

Question 6: 

Florence is one of the fastest growing cities in the state, and is quickly becoming more diverse in terms of racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic makeup. Yet some residents see a distinct lack of representation on city boards or in city employment. What steps can the city take to make sure that community boards and city employment are representative of the city as a whole?

I believe that such boards and city employment should be reflective of the community itself but with that being said I cant make people volunteer or apply for Jobs.We recently had a discussion with the police Chief about why our police force doesn't include more minorities and we were informed that we just don't get many minorities applying to be a police officer. I should also that council has very little say about who is hired by the City, with a few acceptations that is mostly handled by the Mayor and her Staff.