I am running for the 10th District Council seat. I was born and raised in Gardenside, and Lee Ellen and I have two wonderful children attending Rosa Parks Elementary.
We have served on various non-profit boards, we cherish our parks, trails and the arts, and we care deeply about Lexington. I have represented the 10th District since January 2009.
As a former neighborhood president, I am concerned about public safety, deteriorating roads, traffic congestion and Lexington's flooding and sewer problems. I dislike Kentucky Utilities' oversized transmission towers, attend most neighborhood association meetings and talk to citizens almost daily about their problems and concerns.
I served as the lawyer for Kentucky's Economic Development Cabinet, and understand the importance of creating jobs and making Lexington a place where it's easy to start and operate a business.
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Lexington's broken public-safety pension plan is our greatest challenge. As of 2009, about 42 percent of our public-safety retirees were on disability, compared to only about 8 percent for the rest of Kentucky. As of July 1, 2009, Lexington owed about $330 million toward our public-safety pension plan. A system that leaks this much money is unsustainable. We are morally obligated to preserve this plan for our public-safety retirees.
My campaign has been endorsed by some of Lexington's most respected leaders. Visit my campaign Web site, www.DougMartin10th.com, to learn more. You can watch my debate shown daily at 2:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Cable Channel 20. And please vote for Doug Martin on Nov. 2.