Steve Kay is the only candidate on the 2014 primary ballot with proven Councilmember at-Large experience. Here is what some of Lexington’s leaders, and the Lexington Herald-Leader editorial board, say about Steve:
“Steve Kay is the kind of public servant we need — dedicated, devoted, effective and strong.”
– Former Mayor Pam Miller
“Steve Kay does not have a pre-set agenda. He will listen to the argument and make his decision based on fact.”
- Dennis Anderson, President, Anderson Communities
”Steve Kay is a councilman who understands the needs of Lexington and is
not afraid to speak out in support of those needs. Steve has demonstrated both
courage and conviction and deserves to be re-elected.”
-State Senator Reginald Thomas, 13th District
“I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Steve Kay for a number of years and in different settings. He is a hard-working, bright leader who gets things done for Lexington. We’re lucky to have him on the council.”
–Harry Richart, retired PNC Bank Regional President; Past Chair, CommerceLexington
“Steve Kay: a councilman with both great ideas for Lexington and know-how to make them real.”
-State Rep. Kelly Flood, 75th District
“A circus could be going on around Steve Kay, yet he would remain calmly focused on the problem at hand. That resolve, combined with an abundance of intelligence and common sense, make him one of the most effective council members I’ve seen in years.”
- Debra Hensley, Owner, State Farm Insurance Agency
“Steve Kay makes choices for the common good and will be the voice of reason for the city.”
- Former Vice-Mayor Isabel Yates
“Pleased to endorse Steve Kay for Council at Large based on his intellect, concern for Lexington, his knowledge of our community’s problems, and his reasoned support for actions to solve these problems.”
- Former Councilmember at-Large Dr. David Stevens
"Steve Kay’s commitment to problem solving through community engagement helps make the North Limestone neighborhood we share a better place to live, work and go to school. He is always approachable, ready and willing to help us make a difference in the lives of our Transylvania University students. He is a true public servant, working to make Lexington better from home and on the council.”
- Kremena Todorova and Kurt Gohde, Professors of English and Art, Transylvania University
On May 7, 2014, the Lexington Herald-Leader Editoral Board honored Steve’s work on council by assigning him the top spot in Council-at-Large endorsements:
“During his first term on the council, Kay has demonstrated a willingness to take on important and difficult work, including serving as chair of the commission on homelessness and shepherding through the city's initial efforts at establishing an affordable housing program and the related effort to address the complex issues surrounding our homeless population.
Before earning a spot on council he served on the board of LexTran and as a member of the planning commission, including a term as vice-chair as well as in leadership positions in a number of neighborhood and community organizations. … Continue Reading ››
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~~~~~I’m proud to be running for Urban County Council member at large in 2014. Can you support me in my efforts? The last four years on Urban County Council have been extremely productive and fulfilling. Given the large number of contested Council seats, my experience as the only at-large incumbent on the ballot and my proven work ethic are valuable resources worth keeping. I have either accomplished – or am working diligently on – many of the issues and challenges that you and other voters asked me to address when you chose me as at-large representative. For example:
- As Chair of the Mayor’s Commission on Homelessness I am shepherding recommendations through Council that will address, in a consistent, effective way, the needs of the those less fortunate in our community.
- As Co-chair of the Infill and Redevelopment Steering Committee, I have increased the development possibilities within the Urban Service Boundary, helping to preserve our productive farmland and incomparable rural landscape.
- I led a successful effort to secure grant funding for a pilot program to hire a Local Food Coordinator for Lexington. The Coordinator will help develop the infrastructure our region needs for smart growth of our local food economy, benefiting many local farmers and increasing the health of our community.
- I led the successful effort that secured domestic partner benefits for all LFUCG employees.
- As Chair of the Design Excellence Task Force, I helped shape the forthcoming standards, guidelines, and incentives that will promote downtown development, enhance its look, and ensure public input on major development projects. Downtown is thriving, and I foresee even more opportunities ahead.
- There are three At Large seats on Council, along with 12 district seats.
- At Large representatives serve four-year terms. District representatives serve two-year terms.
- If more than six people file for an At Large seat there will be a primary on May 20, 2014. The top six vote-getters in the At Large race advance to the General Election.
- The General Election is on November 4, 2014. The top three vote-getters all serve in At Large positions for four years. The person receiving the most votes in the At Large race serves as Lexington's Vice Mayor for four years.