Change Our Local Politics

Measure: District 8 Email or Mobile Subscribers
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Current Level: 5,152 as of May 9, 2019
Goal Level: 8,000 by 2019

Want to help District 8 change our local politics? 

Objective 1:  Adopt Term Limits



Adopt limits of no more than two consecutive terms of four years for Louisville’s council members and mayor.

Why is this important?

It is important for our city to give new energy and ideas a chance to flourish, and to avoid entrenchment and complacency in our local government leaders. After eight consecutive years of service, elected officials should be required to leave office for four years and then run to serve again, if they so choose.

What are we doing to accomplish this?

 1. Introduce a resolution by the end of 2018 asking the General Assembly to amend 67C.

UPDATE (12/17/2018): Draft ordinance complete. I intend to discuss this with the new Metro Council (including eight new members) in 2019.  

Objective 2:  Create a District 8 Advisory Board



Create a District 8 Advisory Board composed of all neighborhood association presidents, home rule city mayors and at-large District 8 leaders to meet with regularly and solicit advice and counsel on Neighborhood Development, Capital Infrastructure, budget priorities, general community business and to explore cross-boundary partnership opportunities.

Why is this important? 

District 8 is blessed with a multitude of strong leaders, and we need to operate under more open source and collective impact principles to take advantage of their talents in order to maximize our overall effectiveness at self-government.

What are we doing to accomplish this?

1. Establish Bowman, Cherokee Seneca, and Hawthorne neighborhood associations.
One-hundred percent (100%) of District 8 residents should have an association membership opportunity available to them by June 30, 2017.

COMPLETE (7/17/2017)

2. Launch a District 8 Advisory Board by July 1, 2017. Build on the success of the Highlands Connection, and take it to the next level. 

COMPLETE (7/24/2017)

Objective 3:  Bring Our City Government and School Systems Closer Together



Continue in the spirit of Councilman Owen’s “Talk with Tom” series – but arrange to hold meetings at District 8 schools, with programs geared towards students and young people. District 8’s Jefferson County School Board representatives and other education leaders will be invited to participate.

Why is this important?

Engaging students and young people in civic life is the most valuable succession planning our community can have.

What are we doing to accomplish this?

1. Develop meeting agendas and programs specific to individual District 8 schools and their direct stakeholders. Hold at least eight (8) meetings at District 8 schools (pre-, elementary, middle, high, post-secondary, public, parochial or independent (not-for-profit)) by the end of 2020.

UPDATE (4/12/2019): We've held Town-and Gown Hall Meetings at Hawthorne Elementary (3/28/2018), Highland Middle (3/14/2019) and Atherton High Schools (5/13/19).  Our goal is to hold these events quarterly in 2019 and 2020. 

2. Create internship and volunteer opportunities for District 8 high school and college students. Launch internship program by the start of July 1, 2017.

COMPLETE (5/30/2017): As of August 20, 2019 District 8 interns have included; Mary Ralph, Aaron Vance, Theresa Men, Sarah Pennington, Ray Myers, Clara Wilson, Christopher Butz, Corey Dutton, Spencer Schumacher, Taylor Gore and Alex Leeper.

Objective 4:  Build Interest in Civic Engagement



Experiment with pop-up town halls, technology, entertainment and other new tactics to make city business more accessible, interesting and participatory. 

Why is this important?

It is important to improve civics education, increase participation in local politics and, also, to celebrate the work of building the community we choose to be part of.

What are we doing to accomplish this?

1. Practice participatory budgeting of Metro Council District 8 discretionary funds. Institute participatory budgeting of Capital Infrastructure Funds (CIF) by July 1, 2018. 

COMPLETE (4/12/19): Our Money, Our Voice, Louisville's first participatory budgeting initiative, is in the books! We intend to make PB a new standard D8 practice. 

UPDATE (7/18/19):  Due to budget cuts, the Center for Health Equity is unable to assist with participatory budgeting in FY 2020, so the project is on hiatus.

Relating to this objective, on 10/1/2018 I signed the CrowdLaw Manifesto to demonstrate my commitment to public engagement in the policymaking process. I have provided 30-day public comment periods for draft landmarks, short-term rental and itinerant vendor ordinances, and I intend to crowdsource the research and development of new legislation as part of my regular practice.        

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