Ed Lane has represented the 12th district well during his four terms in office and deserves a fifth.
Lane, a businessman who has a commercial real estate services company and publishing interests, has been an effective advocate for the farmland that comprises most of his district. He's supported the Purchase of Development Rights program, noting the economic importance of Fayette County's agricultural sector, which has over half a billion in annual receipts.
Lane has been a quiet, but steady, and civil member of the council. His business experience has been helpful as the council has wrestled with the challenges of tight budgets and the underfunded pensions for police and fire workers. With the council certain to have four new members, and possibly more, next year, Lane's knowledge and experience will be an asset going forward.
Our primary policy disagreement with Lane is over his support for private golf course operators seeking to take over or otherwise diminish public golf courses in Lexington. We believe that golf, like other recreational amenities, contributes to the quality of life that distinguishes Lexington as a destination for businesses and individuals.
Lane's opponent, Lexington developer Ralph Ruschell, has advocated for opening some of the county's farmland to industrial development and does not support funding for the PDR program. Ruschell, who also ran for an at-large council seat in 2010, declined an invitation to meet with the editorial board and did not participate in the League of Women Voters' forum.
Lane has earned the votes of the citizens in the 12th District.