City Commission Candidates

By: Lori Mitchell
By: Lori Mitchell

For Mark Bradford, traffic is a key issue. Bradford grew up in Bowling Green. If elected, the former attorney will push for wider roads to alleviate traffic congestion.

"I would say the best thing the city could do would be widen 12th Street and Broadway and turn that into a five lane road and try to get development on it like is done with Fairview Avenue."

Joe Denning is a former city commissioner and Kentucky State Police Trooper. Denning lost his city commission seat in 2004 but is back on the ballot and is firm on what he believes is best for the city.

"One of the main goals that supersedes any others is making sure our public safety program is up to par. Redevelopment of Circus Square is a priority and developing east and west corridor, which has been in discussion for sometime. That would give us an outer loop around Bowling Green."

Incumbent Brian "Slim" Nash has dedicated his life to working with troubled teens. He's been instrumental in building a new skate park.
Nash says his agenda has not changed, nor have his ideas about making Bowling Green a better place to live.

"Infrastructure, economic growth and public safety. A lot of people will say, well aren't those the same three things he said last time and they are. But if you look at those three things, they are the things we need to keep our eye on all the time."

The next candidate is Donna Renaud. She's a communication teacher at Western Kentucky University. Renaud moved here in the late 70's to become a Kentucky State Police dispatcher.

"I think we need to prioritize our capital spending projects. There was an excess in tax revenues and i think we don't need more taxes than projects that we have."

Incumbent Delane Simpson says he's running again to finish unfinished business. During the past two years, Simpson has been a strong supporter of downtown redevelopment.

"We need to finish our roads, Circus Square, communities building downtown. We have so many things started that need to be completed and so many things that don't have closure to them."

Incumbent Brian Strow comes from a business background. He is an economic professor at Western Kentucky University and holds a masters and PhD-D from Vanderbilt. Strow is seeking re-election to try to bring accountability and efficiency of the government.

"My primary goal is to continue to try to offer the best possible city service for the lowest possible price to consumers, the taxpayers."

Edmond Schwab, Jr. is a lifelong resident of Bowling Green. He's employed by Schwan's Home Service, Incorporated. If elected, Schwab says he has several ideas about improving city government.

"Reforming city government from within. Basically I would clean up bad behavior with codes enforcement, get rid of them harassing private citizens about personal property in their backyards."

Bruce Wilkerson retired with 20 years in law enforcement. He says he believes that experience combined with his knowledge of budgets and finances could bring help bring some accountability to the city.

"My primary goal is to try to instill financial accountability within city government. Over the past several years we've had some issues with theft and embezzlement and I think my background in policing and my new position as CFO with Sheldon Enterprises helps provide prospective that may not be there."


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