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This year, Broken Sidewalk asked each Metro Council candidate to respond to a survey of questions related to the topics we cover here on the site: urbanism, transportation, health, and the environment. Broken Sidewalk will make no endorsements this year for Metro Council candidates, but we hope these survey responses—published verbatim—are helpful to voters in making up their minds.

02-metro-council-district-20We will be publishing the results by district. Our survey included two types of questions: 1. multiple choice answers about personal behaviors and views, and 2. longer responses on a range of topics. Each candidate was also given an optional open field to expand upon a topic of their choosing, if they so desired.

Many incumbents in this year’s races face no challenger. We still reached out to all of them, but only District 20 incumbent Stuart Benson responded. The other candidates include Pat Mulvihill (D-10), Rick Blackwell (D-12), Marilyn Parker (R-18), Robin Engel (R-22), Madonna Flood (D-24), and Brent Ackerson (D-26).

Louisville Metro Council District 20 comprises parts of Fisherville, Fern Creek, Eastwood, Jeffersontown.


Pat Mulvihill

District 10

Did not respond.


Rick Blackwell

District 12

Did not respond.


Marilyn Parker

District 18

Did not respond.


Stuart Benson

District 20

Have often do you walk to work or for basic errands?
Never

Have often do you take transit to commute to work or for basic errands?
Never

How often do you ride a bike to get to work or for errands?
Never

How often do you drive in a personal motor vehicle?
Every day

How safe do you feel as a pedestrian walking on Louisville’s streets?
Somewhat safe

Louisville’s transit system should expand service, infrastructure, and offerings.
No response.

The city should invest in complete street design that promotes safety for all road users.
No response.

Walkable and transit-oriented development should be promoted over auto-oriented development.
No response.

Louisville should repair and maintain its existing transportation network before widening or building new roads.
Undecided

Historic architecture promotes the economic vitality of the Louisville region.
Agree

Describe your favorite walk OR your favorite place to hang out in your neighborhood.
Louisville Metro District 20 is home to the majority of 21st Century Parks. I am also very close to Veteran’s Park in the City of Jeffersontown.

What’s the biggest issue facing your district and how would you address it?
Infrastucture. Better Planning.

In three sentences, what does Metro Council do?
Listen to constituents. Resolve problems. Push for government to better address infrastructure needs in advance of growth.

Louisville is among the most dangerous cities in the country for pedestrian collisions and fatalities. What would you do to improve street safety for all road users in Louisville? Please cite specific examples.
Continue to push to invest more money in repaving streets and improving intersections.

What does responsible development look like in Louisville and in your district? What would you do to promote responsible development in Louisville?
Responsible development requires action by the government to ensure improvements are made to roads, sewers and other infrastructure to handle planned growth.

Louisville is among the fastest warming cities in the country. Please describe your stance on fixing Louisville’s Urban Heat Island Effect. What specific steps need to be taken to solve this problem?
Support for more projects like 21st Century parks which is setting aside hundreds of acres of land thus preserving trees and naturescapes.

How would you strike a balance between preservation, development, and economic development in Louisville?
Ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard when contemplating projects. The goal should be both economic development and historic preservation.


Robin Engel

District 22

Did not respond.


Madonna Flood

District 24

Did not respond.


Brent Ackerson

District 26

Did not respond.

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