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Willy Fogle stands for working together to make our neighborhoods safer, strong financial management, and ensuring basic services are the best that they can be. He is not afraid to make tough decisions. Willy has a deep inside knowledge of how local government works best and understands effective policy-making.

Those who know Willy best know that he will stand up and fight for his constituents and lead with the same ideals he has his entire adult life.

“I truly believe there are workable solutions for the many challenges that our city currently faces and I will treat these matters with the urgency the deserve. Our families must be able to do more than survive financially; they must be allowed to prosper. We need peace of mind in our public safety and must demand that each taxpayer dollar is spent thoughtfully and frugally. I will advocate for our first responders to have the training and tools and support they need to do their jobs effectively. When citizens work together and with our police, safer neighborhoods become a reality.

Rest assured I will also foster increased economic development and work hard every day to help bring new, good-paying jobs to our community. Our city can’t succeed unless our small businesses and working families succeed. And I will never lose track of the fact that Lexington’s form of government is non-partisan and while serving you on the City Council I will be representing ALL of the people of the 9th District and not just those with special interests.”

About Social Justice Concerns in our Community

As we as a nation and local community struggle to make sense of the current events that leave many with feelings of deep sorrow or understandable anger—we must keep the conversation going. Not just today, but for as long as it takes to bring about real, positive change.

Recent deaths are senseless, brutal and unacceptable. But I believe the isolated law enforcement-related do not reflect on the majority of good men and women in law enforcement who carry out their duties and service to our community day in and day out with pride, honor, and dedication.

I have always had the utmost respect for our local public safety professionals and appreciate their unwavering commitment to keep our citizens and our city safe.

As we seek to understand the magnitude and complexity of the current situation, and pursue the best way to move forward during these difficult times, we must listen with an open mind and learn from each other’s viewpoint. Inclusivity and equal rights for all should always be the goal. We must work tirelessly to end injustice wherever it exists and demand that those responsible when such evil acts are committed are held fully accountable.

We must root out the racial injustice that still infects too many areas of American society and make our points without looting and destroying the very communities and neighborhoods that we live in.

It is essential that we identify and implement ways to restore and further foster a healthy relationship between law enforcement and communities of color.

I support those who continue to call out indefensible acts of racism and those who are also calling out the subsequent senseless violence taking place in many other cities these past several days and months.

Legitimate protests should not be exploited by opportunistic individuals who have a different and despicable agenda. Burning and looting does not advance the cause of racial equality and human dignity. Violence and stealing are never the solution.

For true change to take place, we must all move forward with a real and practical plan to shift our country’s trajectory. Our commitment must be to find long-lasting and well-thought-out solutions to address these issues. The path for moving forward must be one of being civil and constructive. It is certainly OK to disagree as people seek to persuade and to inform through positive and practical dialogue but in our discussions and disagreements, we must also strive to treat each other with genuine respect and dignity.

Our country was founded on the principles of life, liberty, and equality for all. We must never lose sight of that and accept nothing less.

Everyone deserves equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities.

About Public Safety

Our citizens deserve the right to feel safe where they live, work, and play. But neighborhood safety is about more than just the absence of crime. It is also about the opportunity for residents to build relationships with each other, enjoy vibrant public spaces, and have a shared trust with the government and law enforcement.

If I am fortunate enough to be elected as your next strong, independent voice down at City Hall representing the 9th District, public safety will be my top priority.

I will seek to serve on the Council’s Planning and Public Safety Committee where you have a more involved focus on Lexington’s public safety situation. My emphasis will be to work with police and our neighborhoods to bring about greater understanding, communication, transparency, and enhanced public safety education to benefit our district and our city. I will work hard every day to ensure you live in a community where you feel safe day and night.

It will be my goal to meet on a recurring basis with Lexington’s Chief of Police, Fire Chief, Director of Community Corrections, and the City’s Commissioner of Public Safety to ensure an open line of communication is in place. I will also strive to meet regularly with neighborhood leaders, the Fayette County Neighborhood Council and concerned constituents to keep an open dialogue in place.

While the violent crime rate in our city has been trending downward overall and Lexington was ranked in 2019 as one of the ‘10 Safest Metro Cities in America,’ even one crime is one too many when you, or a family member, friend or neighbor are the victims of that crime.

One of the most maddening things that can happen to a vehicle owner – and it’s one of the most common forms of theft in the country is the “smash-and-grab” vehicle break-in. Most are these petty thieves who are casual opportunists. They see something they like, they break in and take what they want.

I will work with police to ensure that we have an adequate police patrol presence in our neighborhoods and to educate our neighbors on how to make their vehicles a harder target for these criminals, to make such crimes less desirable.

I support the Police Bureau of Special Operations Traffic Section’s goal to increase the number of Speed Spy’s (speed monitoring devices) in use in Lexington by 40% and I support the Bureau of Patrol’s effort to increase the number of certified bicycle officers and increase the fleet of police bicycles by 20%. In addition, I also support fully staffing the Safety Officer Program who focus on traffic matters which helps to free up police patrol officers to respond to more serious calls for service.

In 2018, Lexington Police received nearly half a million calls for service. Adequate staffing is essential to reduce response times and ensure our neighborhoods are as safe as possible.

One way law enforcement is working together to reduce serious crime in our community is through the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) project. This effort deserves full community support. The Fayette County Violent Crime Task Force was created in 2018, composed of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to focus on the city’s most violent offenders and reduce crime—and it is working!

Through the PSN, law enforcement is successfully working together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and then develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As a result, 50 illegal firearms have reportedly been removed from our streets through the task force’s efforts and nearly $200,000 of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and fentanyl have been taken off our streets! But there is undoubtedly more work to be done.

With your support and your vote, as your next 9th District City Councilmember, I will work tirelessly to see that Lexington Police have the proper policies, resources and in-depth training and oversight in place to do their job to the level our community expects of them.

A vote for Willy Fogle is a vote for sound, sensible, fiscal responsibility, protecting our greenspace and preserving what makes Lexington so special and unique, supporting our small businesses and for ensuring the decisions made down at City Hall reflect the views and values of 9th District residents.

Willy Fogle stands for working together to make our neighborhoods safer, strong financial management, and ensuring basic services are the best that they can be. He is not afraid to make tough decisions. Willy has a deep inside knowledge of how local government works best and understands effective policy-making.

Those who know Willy best know that he will stand up and fight for his constituents and lead with the same ideals he has his entire adult life.

“I truly believe there are workable solutions for the many challenges that our city currently faces and I will treat these matters with the urgency the deserve. Our families must be able to do more than survive financially; they must be allowed to prosper. We need peace of mind in our public safety and must demand that each taxpayer dollar is spent thoughtfully and frugally. I will advocate for our first responders to have the training and tools and support they need to do their jobs effectively. When citizens work together and with our police, safer neighborhoods become a reality.

Rest assured I will also foster increased economic development and work hard every day to help bring new, good-paying jobs to our community. Our city can’t succeed unless our small businesses and working families succeed. And I will never lose track of the fact that Lexington’s form of government is non-partisan and while serving you on the City Council I will be representing ALL of the people of the 9th District and not just those with special interests.”

About Social Justice Concerns in our Community

As we as a nation and local community struggle to make sense of the current events that leave many with feelings of deep sorrow or understandable anger—we must keep the conversation going. Not just today, but for as long as it takes to bring about real, positive change.

Recent deaths are senseless, brutal and unacceptable. But I believe the isolated law enforcement-related do not reflect on the majority of good men and women in law enforcement who carry out their duties and service to our community day in and day out with pride, honor, and dedication.

I have always had the utmost respect for our local public safety professionals and appreciate their unwavering commitment to keep our citizens and our city safe.

As we seek to understand the magnitude and complexity of the current situation, and pursue the best way to move forward during these difficult times, we must listen with an open mind and learn from each other’s viewpoint. Inclusivity and equal rights for all should always be the goal. We must work tirelessly to end injustice wherever it exists and demand that those responsible when such evil acts are committed are held fully accountable.

We must root out the racial injustice that still infects too many areas of American society and make our points without looting and destroying the very communities and neighborhoods that we live in.

It is essential that we identify and implement ways to restore and further foster a healthy relationship between law enforcement and communities of color.

I support those who continue to call out indefensible acts of racism and those who are also calling out the subsequent senseless violence taking place in many other cities these past several days and months.

Legitimate protests should not be exploited by opportunistic individuals who have a different and despicable agenda. Burning and looting does not advance the cause of racial equality and human dignity. Violence and stealing are never the solution.

For true change to take place, we must all move forward with a real and practical plan to shift our country’s trajectory. Our commitment must be to find long-lasting and well-thought-out solutions to address these issues. The path for moving forward must be one of being civil and constructive. It is certainly OK to disagree as people seek to persuade and to inform through positive and practical dialogue but in our discussions and disagreements, we must also strive to treat each other with genuine respect and dignity.

Our country was founded on the principles of life, liberty, and equality for all. We must never lose sight of that and accept nothing less.

Everyone deserves equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities.

About Public Safety

Our citizens deserve the right to feel safe where they live, work, and play. But neighborhood safety is about more than just the absence of crime. It is also about the opportunity for residents to build relationships with each other, enjoy vibrant public spaces, and have a shared trust with the government and law enforcement.

If I am fortunate enough to be elected as your next strong, independent voice down at City Hall representing the 9th District, public safety will be my top priority.

I will seek to serve on the Council’s Planning and Public Safety Committee where you have a more involved focus on Lexington’s public safety situation. My emphasis will be to work with police and our neighborhoods to bring about greater understanding, communication, transparency, and enhanced public safety education to benefit our district and our city. I will work hard every day to ensure you live in a community where you feel safe day and night.

It will be my goal to meet on a recurring basis with Lexington’s Chief of Police, Fire Chief, Director of Community Corrections, and the City’s Commissioner of Public Safety to ensure an open line of communication is in place. I will also strive to meet regularly with neighborhood leaders, the Fayette County Neighborhood Council and concerned constituents to keep an open dialogue in place.

While the violent crime rate in our city has been trending downward overall and Lexington was ranked in 2019 as one of the ‘10 Safest Metro Cities in America,’ even one crime is one too many when you, or a family member, friend or neighbor are the victims of that crime.

One of the most maddening things that can happen to a vehicle owner – and it’s one of the most common forms of theft in the country is the “smash-and-grab” vehicle break-in. Most are these petty thieves who are casual opportunists. They see something they like, they break in and take what they want.

I will work with police to ensure that we have an adequate police patrol presence in our neighborhoods and to educate our neighbors on how to make their vehicles a harder target for these criminals, to make such crimes less desirable.

I support the Police Bureau of Special Operations Traffic Section’s goal to increase the number of Speed Spy’s (speed monitoring devices) in use in Lexington by 40% and I support the Bureau of Patrol’s effort to increase the number of certified bicycle officers and increase the fleet of police bicycles by 20%. In addition, I also support fully staffing the Safety Officer Program who focus on traffic matters which helps to free up police patrol officers to respond to more serious calls for service.

In 2018, Lexington Police received nearly half a million calls for service. Adequate staffing is essential to reduce response times and ensure our neighborhoods are as safe as possible.

One way law enforcement is working together to reduce serious crime in our community is through the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) project. This effort deserves full community support. The Fayette County Violent Crime Task Force was created in 2018, composed of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to focus on the city’s most violent offenders and reduce crime—and it is working!

Through the PSN, law enforcement is successfully working together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and then develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As a result, 50 illegal firearms have reportedly been removed from our streets through the task force’s efforts and nearly $200,000 of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and fentanyl have been taken off our streets! But there is undoubtedly more work to be done.

With your support and your vote, as your next 9th District City Councilmember, I will work tirelessly to see that Lexington Police have the proper policies, resources and in-depth training and oversight in place to do their job to the level our community expects of them.

 A vote for Willy Fogle is a vote for sound, sensible, fiscal responsibility, protecting our greenspace and preserving what makes Lexington so special and unique, supporting our small businesses and for ensuring the decisions made down at City Hall reflect the views and values of 9th District residents.

 

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