Julian Beard gets our recommendation in his effort to continue representing Lexington's 4th District on the Urban County Council.
The district's boundaries are Tates Creek and Nicholasville roads from south of Alumni Drive to Man o' War, with a small portion that extends south from Man O' War to the county line.
Beard, first elected in 2006, has been an engaged, independent voice on the council.
A retired banker and former city economic development director, he has brought valuable economic expertise to council deliberations without reducing issues to simple balance-sheet decisions.
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For example, Beard saw public golf courses as community assets that, like parks and other recreational facilities, appropriately deserve city subsidies. Likewise, he has been a staunch supporter of the Purchase of Development Rights program, recognizing the value to the entire community of preserving farmland in Fayette County.
We disagree with Beard on some issues, including the proposed sidewalk on Tates Creek Road, which he opposes,
Beard's opponent, Sam Cox, did not respond to a request by the Herald-Leader editorial board for an interview, nor did he participate in the League of Women Voters' forum in this race.
In addition, he has operated a very limited campaign, providing insufficient information for evaluating his candidacy.