Of the five district Urban County Council members who were elected for the first time in 2006, District 7 incumbent K.C. Crosbie is the only one opposed in the Nov. 4 election.
Crosbie, 38, a sales representative for Merck & Co., Inc. is facing a challenge from Chris Logan, 41, pastor of Bethel Assembly of God.
"I absolutely love doing the job," Crosbie said. "I love serving Lexington and the people in the 7th District."
She is seeking re-election because she wants to see various projects she started through to their completion, Crosbie said. "There are so many things going on that we've started on."
Logan is a political newcomer who has considered running for council ever since he moved back to Lexington eight years ago, he said. "It's just been an ambition of mine."
Logan said he is concerned about Lexington's leadership. "We need people on the council who are willing to chart a course with where we want to go as a city, to put aside personal agendas and look at the city as a whole," he said.
Located outside New Circle Road, District 7 includes the Richmond Road/Athens-Boonesboro Road corridor and is a fast-growing section of town. The district is a mix of established neighborhoods, rural Fayette County and new subdivisions.
When Crosbie first ran two years ago, her name was a familiar one in political circles because of her husband, Scott, a former mayoral candidate and at-large councilman. But Crosbie has begun to make a name for herself.
Among Crosbie's accomplishments while on council is her work with two different neighborhood associations in the Woodhill area, she said.
Shortly after she took office, the Woodhill Neighborhood Association called her asking for help combating drugs and crime and to find things for kids to do, Crosbie said.
The police department assigned a CLEAR (Community Law Enforcement and Response) officer to the neighborhood, which has helped decrease the amount of drugs and crime, Crosbie said.
Also, the Police Activities League has started a boxing program at Woodhill Park, Crosbie said.
The top issues that Crosbie deals with are public safety and growth and development, she said.
Development has created many of the traffic problems in the district, Crosbie said. More and more, traffic is flying down neighborhood streets such as Hays Boulevard, Andover Forest Drive and Delong Road, she said.
Some of the traffic problems could be solved by hiring additional police officers to do extra patrol on neighborhood streets, Crosbie said.
Crosbie has raised $39,070 and spent $30,845 as of Oct. 3, the most recent campaign finance reports available.
Communication is key
Logan, a native Lexingtonian, has been a pastor since 1989. He began as a part-time youth pastor and was elected senior pastor at Bethel Assembly of God in 2000.
His top issue is to represent the district by working with them and listening to them, Logan said. "People want to feel connected to their local government and to have a voice," he said.
For residents, the three primary issues are traffic, safety and growth, Logan said.
The district has a lot of congestion on major roads, but there's an increasing amount of cut-through traffic on neighborhood streets, Logan said. The speeds are increasing and neighbors want to keep it in check, he said.
Development is pushing the Urban Service Boundary in the 7th District in the Chilesburg and Edythe J. Hayes areas, Logan said. "People are just concerned about how we are going to grow, where we will grow and making sure our growth is planned."
Logan has raised $3,740 and spent $1,942 as of Oct. 3, the most recent campaign finance reports available.
1. Why are you the best candidate?
K.C. Crosbie: I have experience in both government and with a Fortune 50 company for almost 20 years. My council work in areas of public safety, traffic and growth planning and economic development has been beneficial to the residents I represent.
Chris Logan: I will bring a fresh perspective to the challenges we face as a city and will work hard on your behalf to bring about positive change. Responding to your concerns and being available will be my highest priority.
2. What is Lexington's most pressing problem? How would you fix it?
K.C. Crosbie: Development. I voted to keep the 2007 Comprehensive Plan's urban boundary at its 2001 location. I also have been extremely supportive of the Purchase Development Rights program, voting for a budget increase this fiscal year to maximize matching federal dollars.
Chris Logan: How we grow as a city. Traffic, infill, housing, urban service boundary and basic services are all affected by growth. We must have a clear vision of how we want our city to look in the future and follow it.
3. The city is in the midst of two large capital projects, construction of a Public Safety Operations Center and planning for a new Urban County Government Center. Does the city need these facilities? Please explain.
K.C. Crosbie: No; however, the Operations Center has been approved through capital bonding so that issue may be moot. A new government center is not a priority of my constituents. Traffic, public safety and economic development are more important at this time.
Chris Logan: Being fiscally responsible means we must operate within our means and monitor spending. There is a difference between needing something and wanting something. These projects should be put on hold for now and we should explore other alternatives.
4. The city recently increased the sanitary sewer user fee to pay for projects mandated by the EPA consent decree. Do you support the proposed storm water fee? If not, how do you propose funding the consent decree projects?
K.C. Crosbie: We have not received any proposed fee increases to address this issue from the administration. However, just as with the sewer fee increase, I will not support an open-ended fee proposal without strict financial controls.
Chris Logan: We have failed with our sanitary sewer system and now are required to fix it. There are no easy solutions, and unfortunately new revenues through the user fee must be generated; however, we must continue to explore all options.