Vote For Brenda Monarrez on May 21st!
I was a small business owner and believe in well-researched, intentional solutions for Lexington. My mission is for families and businesses to thrive. See how I approach the important issues facing the 4th District in Lexington, and let's talk.
I was elected to my first term as Councilwoman for Lexington's 4th District in 2022. Lexington has been my home for over 30 years, and 27 of those years have been in the house I purchased here in the 4th district. I come from a family that is passionate about community involvement. From a young age, I have had parents who modeled and instilled community engagement such as participation in neighborhood watch organizations, volunteering with public and private organizations, and being informed citizens when exercising their right to vote.
I am a University of Kentucky graduate, having studied Management/Economics, and lifetime member of Delta Epsilon Iota and Phi Sigma Theta, both honor societies. Lexington has provided me with an array of professional opportunities that give me unique skills and abilities to effectively serve on city council.
I contribute of lot of time volunteering.
I have been very responsive to the needs of the residents of the 4th District. I listen to my constituents because I genuinely care about the issues at hand.
Every neighborhood in the 4th District is unique, however, one thing they all have in common is that they care. Our residents are involved and engaged. I, with them, am invested in the safety and well-being of all of our neighbors.
Our Public Safety (E911, Fire, Corrections, and Police) must receive the support, tools, training, and compensation they need and deserve so that they can remain safe as they protect our communities. I maintain an open dialogue with our Public Safety Division on how we can work together for the greater good of Lexington. There continue to be over 100 vacancies in the police department. While recruits continue to be trained, not enough are being hired to offset the number of officers who continue to resign and retire. While the number of homicides has decreased in 2023, crime overall is still a major issue. The Lexington community is struggling. Supporting our officers does not have to mean other needs and concerns in the community are not addressed. Lexington residents need access to mental health services, affordable housing, youth services, and so much more. I am committed to addressing all of these needs.
Traffic is a major issue in the 4th District. Many commuters are cutting through our neighborhoods to avoid Tates Creek Rd,, Nicholasville Rd., and Man O' War Blvd. I have committed a considerable amount of my capital funds to helping our neighborhoods access options available to address this safety concern. I am engaged with our Home Owners Associations and Neighborhood Associations. I also make myself available for any resident of the 4th who wishes to voice their concern and make specific requests for their street.
Affordable housing uplifts residents, encourages social connections, attracts businesses and jobs, and lowers crime rates. Because families with high rent burdens often must divert resources away from basic necessities, access to affordable housing means families can better afford things like food, medical care, and clothing. One report stated that rent in Fayette County increased by up to 35% in 2022 over the 2021 number, and rents continue to rise. Affordable housing improves the quality of life of residents by leading to better health, adequate jobs, financial stability, and security. I am committed to continue supporting incentivizing creation of affordable housing in Lexington. Affordable housing is not a handout, it is a necessity.
The focus of economic growth and job creation has many aspects. The four main factors of economic growth are land, labor, capital, and entrepreneurship. As our city grows, our development needs to be well planned and solutions should be specific to the needs of our unique city. I owned my own business. I know the struggles businesses of all sizes are facing due to labor shortages and increased costs. Our city is growing and it is necessary to make sure our growth takes into account the needs our communities have today and will have tomorrow.