Bowling Green city commission candidates discuss neighborhoods

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- City commission candidates in Bowling Green met in a forum hosted by the Bowling Green Coalition of Active Neighborhoods".

BGCAN unites neighborhoods and provides a centralized voice for neighborhood improvement, and that's exactly what was on the agenda tonight.

Just about every candidate touched on protecting neighborhoods in Bowling Green and making sure that they were set up for convenient access to necessary services.

"Neighborhoods in Bowling Green obviously are the places where we live and raise our families," says Sue Parrigin. "They're the most important places to us. We need them to be safe. We need them to be clean. We need them to be accessible to other amenities across the city easily."

"When people are looking at a good neighborhood," says Ryan Gene Fulkerson, "they want a place that's safe, clean and livable. With access to a lot of services."

A few candidates expressed the importance of unity for a neighborhood and how to achieve it.

"One of the ways we can do that is creating spaces within neighborhoods that people feel comfortable being," explains Brian "Slim" Nash. "We've moved a lot of activities into the backyard. What I would like to see is move activities to the front yard."

"Neighborhoods provide a sense of unity and a sense of pride. It's very important to have good solid neighborhoods," says Derek Reeder.

"I think there are two things that make good neighborhoods," says Dan Rudloff. "Number one, to know your neighbor and number two, to care about your neighbors."

Some candidates highlighted the need for neighborhoods to provide ways to allow residents to easily get around.

"What I would like to do is have more sidewalks for people so they have the opportunity to walk in their neighborhood," says Jennifer Morlan.

"Bowling Green definitely needs more [ways to get around] so people can get out and get to work easier if they don't have a car," says Nate Morguelan.

"A livable neighborhood of course would be safety, and smooth traffic flow and economic development," explained Mark Bradford.

Each community in Bowling Green is unique, and candidates recognized the importance of maintaining their identities, but also making sure they're all part of something bigger.

"It's important that we try to maintain our neighborhoods in as good of personality as they are now," says Rick Williams, "so that people feel safe and secure in their homes and they like where they live."

"It's a great place to live. It's a great place to raise a family," says Matt Stephens. "There are issues. There are things we need to tackle. and address. I'm going to make sure that it meets the highest standards and it's a safe and good place for people to live."

Andrew Manley says, "It's important that neighborhoods and households feel empowered and connected with our local government. So, I want to do everything I can to support local policy that makes sure that our neighborhoods are connected."

Incumbent candidate Joe Denning was not in attendance Tuesday night.

The election now sits at 41 days away on Tuesday, November 8.

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