Diane Lawless is seeking a third term representing District 3 on the Urban County Council against challenger Stephanie Spires. We give Lawless the nod.
The district is a diverse area, comprising downtown Lexington, the University of Kentucky and the neighborhoods surrounding it as far south as Southland Drive, and the residential areas between Tates Creek and Nicholasville roads to Alumni Drive and the UK Arboretum.
Lawless has tenaciously pursued solutions to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods around UK. She's gotten into the nitty gritty of zoning and code enforcement to limit the impact of student housing on established neighborhoods. Initiatives she championed included a temporary ban on vinyl box additions, limits on the number of unrelated people who can live in a rental property, and higher fines for violations of city codes.
She has been diligent in finding solutions for flooding, dangerous intersections and other problems arising from the district's decaying infrastructure. She has also successfully pushed to extend bike lanes in her district.
In another term, we urge Lawless to take a more aggressive role in championing an affordable housing trust fund for Lexington and to take on the unaccountably complex issue of authorizing food trucks to operate downtown and elsewhere in the community.
Spires, who owns and operates an event management, communications, and fund-raising consulting firm, has much to recommend her, including extensive community involvement. We hope that, if not elected, she will continue to contribute to the community and consider seeking office again in the future.
But she and Lawless share similar positions on many issues, so this choice comes down to whether Lawless has earned an additional term. We believe she has.
The unendorsed candidate may submit a 250-word response by noon Friday.