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About Nathan


Nathan who?

Read below to find out who Nathan is,

and why he wants to be your commissioner.

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About Nathan


Nathan who?

Read below to find out who Nathan is,

and why he wants to be your commissioner.

 

*I ran for Bowling Green City Commissioner in 2016. This part of my site is here to preserve the campaign that I ran. Perhaps there will be more to come in the future concerning politics...

Nathan moved from Louisville to Bowling Green in 2005 to attend WKU. After earning his degree, Nathan began to work with Yellowberri as a videographer.

Since then, Nathan has continued to enjoy living and working in Bowling Green. As a local business owner who specializes in marketing, he is always helping other local businesses become even more efficient and successful.

Nathan is also actively involved in the community. Beyond the knack for local politics, Nathan is always out supporting restaurants that use local ingredients, listening to local music, and working with people in our local art scene to help better Bowling Green.

Please have a look through the website. On it, you'll find the plans Nathan would like to set in motion as your commissioner, media from the campaign, and more.

 

 
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BG Blueprint


 

 

Nathan's BG Blueprint

 

 

BG Blueprint


 

 

Nathan's BG Blueprint

 

 

Below you will find Nathan's entire platform for the 2016 Bowling Green City Commissioner race. 

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BG Fairness


Let's Pass The

Bowling Green

Fairness Ordinance

BG Fairness


Let's Pass The

Bowling Green

Fairness Ordinance

The Bowling Green Fairness Ordinance has come before the city commission three times ...and it has still not been passed. This must be changed. 

Every single citizen of Bowling Green deserves to be treated both fairly and equally. Plus, there are absolutely zero negative consequences of passing the Bowling Green Fairness Ordinance.

Let's fix this, together.

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Let's Pass URLTA


Let's Pass URLTA

Let's Pass URLTA


Let's Pass URLTA

URLTA is the "Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act". Cities like Louisville and Lexington have already passed URLTA successfully, and it's about time that we did the same.

URLTA will protect both tenants and landlords, while keeping Bowling Green's rental properties from becoming abused properties.

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BSP RSP


Let's Help Overlooked Parks

BSP RSP


Let's Help Overlooked Parks

Our great city of Bowling Green was founded at Big Spring Plaza in 1798. To commemorate the founding, Big Spring Plaza, a small park right off of the square, was created. Today, Big Spring Plaza is in absolute shambles. The spot that our city was founded on deserves to look better than this. Big Spring Plaza needs to be cleaned up, and completely re-designed as a more beautiful, and more effective city park.

Unfortunately, Big Spring Plaza is not the only public park or historical site that needs major help. We need security boosted at the parks so that our citizens are safe. Most importantly, security cameras should be installed at our parks.

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Charity


Let's Donate Nathan's

Paychecks To Charity

Charity


Let's Donate Nathan's

Paychecks To Charity

Yes, you read that right. Every single paycheck that Nathan gets from being your city commissioner, he will be donating to a local charity or helping out Bowling Green in some way. That's almost $20,000 dollars over the next two years that can get put directly back into the most deserving spots in Bowling Green.

Let's get Nathan on the commission, so that we can help Bowling Green in every way possible.

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Capitol


Let's Revitalize

The Capitol

Capitol


Let's Revitalize

The Capitol

The Capitol used to be one of the beacons of Bowling Green. Every single person in town will attest that the square is astronomically more attractive with the marquee lights on and people buzzing about. Sadly, today, The Capitol is largely ignored, and rarely used.

I plan to help bring The Capitol back to life. I'm working on a blueprint to transform The Capitol into something akin to The Belcourt in Nashville. The Belcourt, if you haven't had the fortune of visiting it, is a marvelous local movie theater. The Belcourt serves food, drinks, and shows all types of films, focusing on independent movies, documentaries, and classics. Currently in Bowling Green, there is no venue that can attest to those qualities. 

As great as The Belcourt is, the best thing about it might be how big of a success it is. There truly is a great energy to the venue. Bowling Green can capture this same greatness with The Capitol, helping to invigorate the square, and give our citizens more to do. Let us not forget that local downtown businesses always benefit when the square is thriving!

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Let's Create an Animal Abuse Registry


Let's Create an Animal Abuse Registry

Let's Create an Animal Abuse Registry


Let's Create an Animal Abuse Registry

Bowling Green's citizens aren't the only inhabitants that need to be looked out for. That's why I would work to create an Animal Abuse Registry in Bowling Green. If you abuse an animal, you go on it, and you won't be getting an animal again.

I have no remorse for those who abuse animals, and neither should Bowling Green.

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Food Trucks


Let's Fix Our

Food Truck Laws

Food Trucks


Let's Fix Our

Food Truck Laws

The current Bowling Green laws concerning mobile food trucks are not conducive to what could be a huge part of our growing restaurant culture, and economy. There's no doubt about it...we love good food in Bowling Green! This is exactly why we should be embracing and accommodating to today's fastest growing culinary trend, the food truck!

There are already several mobile eateries in Bowling Green, but with the current laws, their potential is limited. These entrepreneurs can only sell food on private property, preventing local people from tapping into an exciting new business. I'm going to sponsor a motion to change the food truck laws so that they make sense for Bowling Green, and its citizens.

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Bike Paths/Sidewalks


Let's Add MoreBike & Walking Paths

Bike Paths/Sidewalks


Let's Add MoreBike & Walking Paths

As Bowling Green continues to grow, our traffic will become worse. Creating more bike paths and sidewalks will not only help to alleviate traffic, but also allow our citizens to be both healthier and more eco-friendly.

As a city, we should also look into finding even more ways to benefit in-city travelers who are cutting down on emissions and helping the environment.

Media


Media


Here you'll be able to find media from the campaign, and more!

 

The first three pictures above from the ICAC Forum are courtesy of The Daily News, shot by Miranda Pederson. Images from the BGCAN forum courtesy of Ann Marie Disalvo.

Info


Info


As I mentioned at the ICAC forum on last Tuesday evening, I am now posting all of the answers I prepared for every question. Unfortunately, every candidate didn't get to answer each question because of time constraints. Hence, this post! Below are the questions and my answers to them.

 

1. Bowling Green has hundreds of job openings, and many local

manufacturing companies have announced plans to expand and

create even more jobs. Despite the availability of jobs, many local

refugees and immigrants are working jobs outside of the City and

even in neighboring states, which means that the City misses on

the local income-tax withholding that can be generated from

these residents. What would you do as City Commissioner to

ensure that local residents who want to work in Bowling Green

get jobs in Bowling Green?

 

Answer: I don't exactly have the most experience in this department. However, this prompt questions what we need to do to alleviate a problem, without any information on why the problem exists in the first place. Before figuring out how to retain refugee and immigrant workers within Bowling Green, we need to figure out why they're leaving in the first place. Once we figure that out, we can proceed with actually solving the problem, which would both bolster our local income tax, and also make the lives of refugees and immigrants much easier.

 

2. Bowling Green has seen major growth in recent years, and with

that a rapidly changing housing market. What steps would you

take as City Commissioner to ensure that our New Americans

have access to housing that is safe and affordable?

 

Answer: I can't pretend to offer answers when it comes to something that I unfortunately know very little about. If there is an issue with the current provisions and statutes, then honestly, just let me know, and then we can plan on fixing the issues together.

 

3. Immigrant populations can be particularly vulnerable to being

take advantage of by landlords. At present, tenants can be evicted

for little or no cause, for instance, if they file a formal complaint

against their landlord for poor conditions in the rental unit. Would

you support passage of a Uniform Residential Landlord and

Tenant Act to add more protections for both landlords and

tenants?

 

Answer: I support the passage of URLTA, because I believe that it would be a benefit to our city, concerning both tenants, and landlords. However, as I've talked with people about URLTA, they've mentioned that the main problem with it being passed, is that it has to be passed in full, while it contains some apparently unreasonable pieces of legislation. I've read URLTA in full, and I think it seems to be perfectly fine. But, if it is going to be stonewalled, perhaps we need to find out what the points of contention are, and maybe compromise in some way, versus throwing all of our energy at a scenario that may never come to fruition.

 

4. Many of our New Americans rely on public transit, but its limited

hours, days, and number of routes available limits their access to

work, education, and needed services as well as social activities.

Do you support additional funds for public transit? Do you

support additional routes, hours, or days of service for public

transit?

 

Answer: I've traveled all around our country, and all around the world. I've seen some pretty remarkable public transit systems. Bowling Green, absolutely needs to refresh

and bolster our public transit system, and now is the time to do so. To answer your question, I completely support additional funding for public transit. More importantly, though, I support and plan on looking into ways to completely revitalize our transport system...not just try to fix what we have. Taking a look at New Orleans' Trolley system may be the perfect system to mimic.

 

5. Some of the challenges that many refugees and immigrants face

are related to speaking and learning English and to cultural

differences and misunderstandings from both sides. What can

the City of Bowling Green put in place to make the city a more

welcoming and serviceable community to those with different

cultures and languages?

 

Answer: I feel the same way about this issue as I do some of the earlier prompts. Obviously, there seems to be an issue here, however, I'm not completely sure where the problem is stemming from. So, I'd really like to take some time to speak with our immigrant and refugee citizens to see where we are lacking as a city, and then begin from there.

 

6. Over the past two decades, our community has been developing an active transportation network that has included sidewalks, bike lanes, and transit services. Recently, the West End Walk And Ride Planning Study identified gaps in that network in an area of our community that is very dependent upon walking and biking to access their daily needs. What do you see as the role of the City Commission in the further development and improvement of the active transportation network in Bowling Green? And what

partners should be participating to accomplish that work?

 

Answer: Obviously the role of the city is to fill in these gaps. There is zero reason not to do so. As for who should be partnering with the city, the city should put out a request for bidding and go from there, with the help of organizations that have the public's best interest in mind.

 

7. How would you respond to a constituent that called to voice

concern over the number of refugees and immigrants coming to

our city?

 

Answer: The last time someone asked me how I felt about refugees and immigrants in our city and country, it was on Facebook, and I responded with a stunning picture of the Statue of Liberty and the beginning of the poem that's inscribed on its base. This is America. When I was in school my teachers taught me that America was great because we are a melting pot, and to this day I couldn't agree more.

 

8. According to the US Census 2014 estimates, the City of Bowling

Green boast of a Foreign-born population of 12.7%. What do you

think is the City’s Role in the integration of a diverse and growing

International Community?

 

Answer: Since I only know so much, the first thing I will need to learn is where we are failing as a city currently. Then, we know what we need to fix and can go from there. All I can tell you right now is that I'm in favor of making it as easy as possible for everyone in our city to be treated with equality, fairness, and respect.

 

9. What is your opinion in the City of Bowling Green's capacity and willingness to accept refugees and immigrants?

 

Answer: There is never going to be a situation where the capacity and willingness of Bowling Green to accept an immigrant or refugee, will overshadow or be more important than the reason that an immigrant or refugee is leaving their home. Too often we forget the reasons that refugees are leaving and coming to the United States. As a successful and growing city, we should do as much as possible to help everyone in need.