Voters in Lexington's 6th District will be choosing between two political newcomers in November.
The district is bounded generally on the west and east by New Circle Road and Interstate 75, and on the north and south by Paris Pike and Todds Road. Kevin Stinnett, who has represented the district for the last decade, has reached his term limit and is running for a council-at-large spot.
This council seat is contested by Angela Evans and Thomas Hern. We choose Evans.
An attorney with a range of experience in public positions — including stints as a public defender, general counsel for the Kentucky secretary of state and now at the attorney general's office — Evans understands how government works and demonstrates a capacity and willingness to dig deep to understand the issues facing the district and Lexington.
Hern is a pleasant person with an extensive background in the auto sales business and some strong opinions about government. However, his knowledge of the many issues facing Lexington is superficial and it was hard to get a sense of any passion about addressing them.
Hern, a consultant in auto dealership management, seems more interested in a political agenda than the nitty-gritty of running local government. Under "what I believe" on his website, he lists only a few things: he's the "only conservative" in the race, a member of the Tea Party, anti-tax, anti-government waste, pro-life, and that he voted for Ronald Reagan three times.
There's nothing about the district, nothing about land-use issues or our massive sanitary sewer and stormwater overhaul.
No one can argue with opposition to government waste. But the refreshing thing about local government is that it's not about ideology but about getting things done, although a council member's vision for Lexington does play an important role.
Evans wins in that category, too.
She spoke about making Lexington a destination, a place where young professionals from elsewhere want to stay and put down roots. She sees the connection between redeveloping the city's core and the value of preserving farmland and supporting a burgeoning local food economy.
Evans has the skills, experience and energy to represent the district and the city well.
The unendorsed candidate may submit a 250-word response by noon Monday.