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All candidates for Lexington City Council District 4 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Lexington City Council District 4 — J. Brack Marquette and Brenda Monarrez — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

The Lexington City Council, which is more commonly known as the Urban County Council, is the city’s primary legislative body. It is responsible for adopting the city budget, approving mayoral appointees, levying taxes, and making or amending city laws, policies, and ordinances.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?            

Marquette:       

  • “Trusted and Proven Leadership in Government, Business, and Civic Engagement with Integrity, Transparency, and Extraordinary Accessibility for Everyone”
  • “Support for Enhanced Public Safety and Innovative Ways to Lead Neighborhoods to Reduced Crime and Violence”
  • “Commitment to Balanced and Sustainable Growth for our Great Community with a Strong Commitment to Inclusion and Diversity”

Monarrez:   

  • “My endorsement by Public Safety officials means I will be receptive to an open dialogue that contributes to decreasing crime and helping them (Fire, 911 operators, Corrections and Police) be more effective and efficient, while still being open and transparent.”
  • “Affordable Housing – Rent in areas of Lexington, according to a recent Herald Leader article, has increased as much as 35%.”
  • “Accessibility, Openness and Transparency -: I am the only candidate that has made my contact information available and has responded to absolutely every inquiry from all constituents.”

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All candidates for East Bay Municipal Utility District Board of Directors Ward 3 in Alameda County, California, complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for East Bay Municipal Utility District Board of Directors Ward 3 in Alameda County, California — incumbent Marguerite Young and Mark Seedall — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

According to the East Bay Municipal Utility District website, the Board of Directors “consists of seven members publicly elected by geographical wards. Each Director is elected to a four-year term.” 

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?            

Young:       

  • “Make us more resilient in the face of droughts, Since being elected we have led the state in innovative approaches to address the droughts we’ve experienced over the past eight years.”
  • “Keep our water safe and affordable for everyone — Expanding our customer assistance program for low income customers, led in keeping the water on 24/7 during covid and PSPS.”
  • “Lead on Climate Action and Resource protection — Acheieved wild and scenic status for the Mokelumne our source water, Champion for Bay Protection, won a commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030”

Seedall:       

  • “Accelerating Local Infrastructure Improvements and Carefully Managing EBMUD Utility Rate Increases.”
  • “Creating a more resilient water supply by emphasizing water conservation and water recycling. Acclerate the use of recycled water at the Chevron and Phillips refineries within the EBMUD Service Area.”
  • “Improve access to EBMUD’s 29,000 acres of Local Watershed Lands for recreational uses. EBMUD restricts public access to most of these properties.”

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All candidates for Fremont City Council District 4 in California complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Fremont City Council District 4 in California — incumbent Yang Shao and Bryce Beckel — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

The Fremont City Council is the city’s primary legislative body. It is responsible for adopting the city budget, approving mayoral appointees, levying taxes, and making or amending city laws, policies, and ordinances.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?            

Shao:       

  • “I will continue to engage Fremont residents and help them ensure their voices are heard.”
  • “My 3 top priorities: Public Safety, City Financial Stability and Sustainability, Response to Homelessness”
  • “Major Endorsements:California State Treasurer Fiona Ma California Assemblyman Bill Quirk Former California Assemblyman Kansen Chu Alameda County Supervisor David Haubert Fremont Mayor Lily Mei Fremont City Councilmember Rick Jones”

Beckel:   

  • “Education is a life-long process, and educational opportunities should be provided for all ages.”
  • “Housing is a right for all and we must work to keep people in their homes.”
  • “Being unhoused is not a crime and should not be treated as such. We must invest to provide housing to our unhoused community.”

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All candidates for Santa Ana City Council Ward 4 in California complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Santa Ana City Council Ward 4 in California — incumbent Phil Bacerra and Amalia Mejia — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

The Santa Ana City Council is the city’s primary legislative body. It is responsible for approving and adopting the city budget, levying taxes, and making or amending city laws, policies, and ordinances.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?            

Bacerra:           

  • “Take real action on the homeless.”
  • “Protect our community by increasing resources for our Police and Fire Departments.”
  • “Create economic opportunities by actively advocating for business-friendly policies.”

Mejia:                   

  • “A product of Santa Ana from and for the community.”
  • “A leader who has sat at the table with state and local decision-makers to solve problems.”
  • “A leader with formal education and lived experiences ready create change for the community.”

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All candidates for Franklin County Court of Common Pleas General Division in Ohio complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Franklin County Court of Common Pleas General Division in Ohio — Jessica Barwell and Julie Lynch — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

According to the Franklin County Courts website, the Court of Common Pleas General Division has “original jurisdictional authority over all felony cases and all civil cases in which the sum or matter in dispute exceeds $15,000.”

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about? 

Barwell:

“I believe in ‘Blindfold Justice’ for everyone that will enter my courtroom. I believe that all persons accused of a crime in my courtroom will receive fair justice regardless of who is representing them, their socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and most importantly, their race.”   

Lynch:   

“Safety of my community. The gun violence is out of control. Young adults have easy access to firearms and that is leading to so many deaths and assaults. I am passionate about finding a way out of this gun violence culture that is so prevalent in our community.”

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All candidates for Kentucky’s 30th Circuit Court Division 4 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Kentucky’s 30th Circuit Court Division 4 — incumbent Julie Kaelin and Ebert Haegele  — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

Kentucky District Courts are trial courts of limited jurisdiction in Kentucky. Matters heard by the district courts include city and county ordinance violations, juvenile matters, traffic offenses, misdemeanors, probate, preliminary felony hearings, small claims and civil cases involving $4,000 or less. Along with the family courts, the district courts hear cases of domestic violence. 

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?            

Kaelin:           

  • “EXPERIENCE. I have broad experience. I have been a Public Defender. I have represented victims. I have been a civil lawyer.”
  • “PROGRESS. Courts should work for the people, not the other way around. I believe in transparency, accountability, and equity. I want people to have faith in our court system and understand it better.”
  • “A NEW DAY. Louisville used to elect the same people over and over again: usually white, usually male, usually government lawyers.I ran in 2018 to prove that Louisville wanted something different. And we did it.”

Haegele:           

  • “I have the experience needed to be a fair and just Circuit Court Judge”
  • “The Citizens of Louisville need and deserve hard working judges-my work ethic and track record show that I will come to work early, leave late, and do everything in my power to make our courts work for those they serve.”
  • “Judges must be loyal to the law and nothing else. Real change comes about not by pushing a personal agenda, but by following the law and seeing that everyone who comes before our courts is treated with equity and respect.”

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All candidates for Williamson County Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 in Texas complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Williamson County Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 in Texas — Stacy Hackenberg (D) and Rhonda Redden (R)  — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

According to the Williamson County website, justices of the peace “serve both as Judges and Magistrates. As Judges, they preside over justice criminal court, and justice civil court. Criminal cases include but are not limited to traffic cases, school attendance cases, minor alcohol violation cases, and minor tobacco violation cases… As magistrates, Justices of the Peace issue warrants, conduct criminal examining trials, admonish prisoners, and set bonds.”

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?            

Hackenberg:           

“Education. I hear truancy cases regularly. I work with schools, students, and parents to ensure a positive outcome. Working with schools means ensuring they understand the filing process and don’t wait until a student’s missed many classes, making getting caught up harder. Working with students means impressing upon them the importance of their education and listening to their concerns.”

Redden:           

“The courtroom is a place where objectivity and impartiality are essential. It should provide an objective and neutral legal system to the public it serves. The JP is responsible to both the victim and offender, the plaintiff and defendant, and it is essential to give a fair and equitable hearing to all involved. The JP Court should hear and weigh evidence and/or testimony from all involved sides and then apply rulings fairly, responsibly, and in accordance with the law.”

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All candidates for Mesa City Council, Arizona, District 4 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Mesa City Council, Arizona, District 4  — incumbent Jenn Duff and Trista Guzman Glover — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.

The Mesa City Council is the city’s primary legislative body. It is responsible for approving and adopting the city budget, levying taxes, and making or amending city laws, policies, and ordinances. The city council is made up of seven members, including the mayor. While the mayor is elected at large, the other six members are elected by the city’s six districts.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?            

Duff:           

  • “Investing in our Public Safety personnel and Infrastructure” 
  • “Water Sustainability – Conservation, efficiency and infrastructure to maximize water treatment for reuse.”
  • “Housing – As Mesa’s economy grows, we must work to provide housing choices for residents of all income levels and at all stages of life.”

Guzman Glover:                   

  • “Community-Centered”
  • “Public Safety-Focused”
  • “Business-Friendly Mesa”

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All candidates for Platte County Commission Presiding Commissioner complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Platte County Commission Presiding Commissioner — John DeFoor (D) and Scott Fricker (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.

The Kansas City Beacon’s Josh Merchant wrote, “the Platte County Commission serves as the central governing body for the county. […] The three members of the commission include the presiding commissioner, as well as representatives from two districts.”

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?            

DeFoor:

  • “I am a strong supporter of small businesses and believe that the success of small business is important to our community and the people that depend on them.”
  • “I believe that government transparency is important as we are seeing a lot of backdoor deals and things being done out of sight of the citizens that the official were elected to serve. To properly serve our citizens we need to involve and inform them of the solutions to the issues that effect them their tax dollars and their daily lives.”
  • “I believe that government transparency is important to properly serve our citizens we need to involve and inform them of the solutions to the issues that effect them their tax dollars and their daily lives.”

Fricker:       

  • “Platte County is the fastest growing county in Missouri, so we need a Presiding Commissioner with a track record of success in the private sector and a demonstrated commitment to public service.” 
  • “Throughout this campaign and during my four-year term as Presiding Commissioner, I’ll focus on the three conservative principles of Public Safety, Economic Prosperity, and Fiscal Responsibility.”
  • “Vote for me in November, and then let’s work together to make sure Platte County is a great place to live, work, and raise a family for years to come.”

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All candidates for Marion County, Indiana, County Recorder complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Marion County, Indiana, County Recorder — Faith James Kimbrough (D) and Barcia Alejos (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.

According to the Marion County website, the county recorder “maintains permanent public records of property transactions between owners and makes those documents available to the public. Records include deeds, liens, mortgages, easements, certified survey maps, and more.”

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?

Kimbrough:               

“As it relates to public policy I am most passionate about gentrification. Gentrification is a highly contested issue. Currently, Gentrification has the power to displace low-income families and prevent those families from moving into previously affordable neighborhoods. As the next Marion County Recorder, I want to make sure all deeds that have been digitized are indexed so residents can easily find their land documents. I want low-income families to have access to their deeds before they are displaced.”

Alejos:           

“As a constitutionally mandated office, the Marion County Recorder is charged with ensuring property rights of the citizens are protected. Our country’s founding fathers understood the importance of private property as a foundational principle in The Constitution, not only to cultivate a society of prosperity but of freedom itself. Therefore by way of common law and state law, the implementation and execution that these fundamental rights be clear and readily available for all citizens is entrusted to the office of County Recorder.”

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