QUESTION OF THE WEEK FROM THE STATE JOURNAL: WOULD YOU VOTE TO RESCIND THE FAIRNESS ORDINANCE PASSED BY THE CITY COMMISSION IN 2013? WHY OR WHY NOT?
I would not vote to rescind the Fairness Ordinance. I am proud that Frankfort was one of the earliest cities in the Commonwealth to adopt such an ordinance. I supported it passing in 2013, I support it now, and I will continue to support it in the future.
Speaking of the future, let us look forward instead of backward, hopefully, to a day when discrimination is no longer an issue in our community. Now more than ever, we truly are all in this together. Once Frankfort moves into a post-pandemic world, the opportunity will exist to attract new residents and tourists who seek our city’s scale, comfort, and charm. The Fairness Ordinance sends a message to outsiders that we are a welcoming community that respects diversity of all types, regardless of a person’s race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. My goal is to make Frankfort a more desirable and prosperous place to live for everyone, and a negative perception will hurt. Being closed-minded means being closed for business.
The passing of the Fairness Ordinance helped move Frankfort one more step into the 21st Century. As mayor I intend to lead us the rest of the way by improving our quality of life, economy, and image. On June 23rd, vote for the future, not the past.