Lexington Mayoral candidates speak to capacity crowd on social and economic justice issues

LEXINGTON – The top 4 candidates for the office of Lexington Mayor, Ronnie Bastin, Linda Gorton, Teresa Isaac and Kevin Stinnett spoke before a near capacity crowd of potential voters on April 30th in the Downtown Farrish Theater.

The forum was sponsored by The People’s Campaign Community Network, Operation Turnout and the local chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc. and hosted by Key Conversations Radio hosts Patrice Muhammad and Lezell Lowe along with Jay Alexander from 107.9FM.

The forum committee had prepared questions but several audience questions were asked and answered.

The entire forum is available for viewing in 4 parts.

In Part One: Each candidate responds to a question about their previous stance on issues including recent rise in crime, proposed city council vote on the state ”gang bill” and state control of Confederate Statues and markers in Lexington.

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In Part Two: What about a legally mandated spending requirement for the city regarding Black owned businesses? The candidates give their execution plans to increase minority business participation with the city.

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In Part Three: Former President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing recommended that cities adopt some form of civilian oversight “to strengthen trust with the community.” Do these Mayoral candidates agree or disagree with this proposal?

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In Part Four: Candidates weigh in on the recent racial profiling situations that resulted in the arrests of innocent Black people at Starbucks and Waffle House(s) around the country. How can we keep that from happening in Lexington?

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SOON: Check back for candidates written responses the remaining audience questions.