City of Louisville City Council Person Ward II
Neither Ward II nor Ward III for Louisville city council was easy for BW staff to decide, primarily because the candidates didn’t reveal much in response to our questions. Candidates are pretty well unanimous about the need to support business as a priority in Louisville; candidates are largely vanilla about the practice of fracking; candidates are cautious about retail marijuana establishments.
Ultimately, BW staff read candidates’ answers carefully and determined Debby Fahey was our choice for Ward II in Louisville. A community organizer and volunteer, Fahey was the most specific about how to increase the tax base in Louisville by attracting business to vacant properties.
However, it’s imperative she keeps to the answer she gave on fracking. We’re always alarmed when a politician reminds us of the utopian benefits (“will provide income for businesses, residents and communities”) of a practice shown to produce massive pollution. Fahey said she’d support a moratorium as city council “gather[s] the needed relevant information and resident opinion.” Jeff Lipton, meanwhile, advocated for setbacks and no fracking in “densely urbanized environments,” but he declined to accept a moratorium.
It’s our belief that scientific study will continue to uncover fracking’s damaging effects on human health and the environment, at which point the next steps will become obvious. We hope Fahey backs the moratorium until then.
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