A familiar face in Bowling Green politics is making another run for office. Brian “Slim” Nash said he has decided to seek a spot on the city commission and plans to file Thursday afternoon.
Nash, director of western Kentucky community based services at Uspiritus- Bellewood, served eight years on the city commission before losing a re-election bid in 2012. In 2014, Nash ran for a commission spot but withdrew because of his daughter’s health.
“I really like the work of the city commission,” Nash said of his decision to return to politics. “It is important to me to participate in the community where I live.” Nash said he has a “unique perspective I can bring to the commission” from his daily interactions with people from all walks of life and socio-economic status.
As for a platform, “I’m always going to focus on transparency of government,” he said.
Nash said he would like the commission to bring back regular working meetings open to the public where ideas are discussed before they are voted on by commissioners. “I’m always concerned when there are unanimous votes across the board,” he said.
He also said he thinks the commission meetings, now being held at 4:30 p.m., should be moved back. The start time “prevents the average citizen from being able to participate more,” Nash said.
The biggest issue facing the city is “always going to be about jobs,” he said, adding that entails providing good infrastructure – roads, parks, low taxes and quality of life, for example – that will attract business.
“And we have to continue to push downtown in the right direction,” Nash said.
Nash also said he is open to a fairness ordinance in Bowling Green, which would ban discrimination based on sexual identity or preference. Many residents have been pushing for the adoption of such an ordinance, with no success.
“I support the idea that all people are given a fair opportunity,” he said, but added he could not commit to voting for an ordinance without seeing the actual text and discussing the issue further. “I am open to it,” he said.
Nash is the seventh candidate to enter the race for four spots on the commission. The filing deadline is Aug. 9.
Commission incumbents Joe Denning, Rick Williams and Sue Parrigin have filed for re-election for two year terms. Commissioner Melinda Hill, a Republican, is not seeking re-election after announcing that she would seek the state House seat held by Democrat Jody Richards.
Bowling Green attorneys Dan Rudloff and Ryan Gene Fulkerson and advertising agency owner Nathan “Nate” Morguelan have also filed to run for the commission.
The top four voter getters in the November election will earn commission seats.
I have spent nearly my entire adult life in public service of one kind or another. Many times during that career I have wondered if I was making any headway in what ails those I have worked with. Yesterday, my wondering was answered with a resounding, “YES!”
While helping clean-up from my daughter’s basketball banquet I was approached by a young lady who asked if I use to work with Judge Margaret Huddleston in Warren Family Court. When I answered “yes” she introduced herself and gave me a hug. She reminded me that her name was NaShata Amos but is now married with the last name “Woods.”
She went on to tell me how much she despised me and Judge Huddleston when she was younger but how now, as an adult looking back she is forever grateful for having come through Family Court. She told me with tears in her eyes that while she was once young, reckless and resentful, she is now at a place in her life where she can appreciate the concern and care shown to her all those years ago. NaShata told me how when she was being detained in a holding cell that I sat with her until the Bailiff came to take her away. She told me how she expected a lecture but was surprised when I just talked with her about the choices that she was making, about how she could make different choices if she was unhappy with her present circumstances. She ended by giving me another hug and introducing me to her husband by saying, “this is Slim Nash, he cared about me when I was a kid.” Talk about about getting a lump in your throat!
NaShata shared that she knew of Judge Huddleston’s passing and that she regrets never having had the chance to thank her for “being so mean.” I assured her that Judge Huddleston had a strong faith and that I am sure she is aware of NaShata’s success.
As NaShata grew up she changed her choices and changed her life circumstances. She went back to school and earned her GED and then went on to receive a degree in the medical field. She is gainfully employed and happy today.
I do not share this story as a pat on my own back rather I share to say that we should never stop trying to offer a hand up to those who are down. While I remember NaShata, I do not remember the events that she shared with me, events that she says she will never forget. Think about it, what I can’t remember has made a forever lasting impression upon her life.
Don’t ever forget that everyday we have the opportunity to be good to one another!
What a nice surprise. My “son” Dewayne came to town for a visit.
I have known Dewayne for about 5 years & we have traveled the highs (receiving his GED – his diploma hangs in my office) and lows (being incarcerated) of life together. Dewayne has not always made the best choices but he has always wanted to live a better life.
There were many times that I thought about “giving up” on Dewayne but I could never do it because he would never give up on himself. Even when he was at his lowest points he would tell me he wanted a better life & he would ask for my help.
It isn’t all sunshine and roses even today but Dewayne lives in Tennessee with his fiancé and her daughter, he is gainfully employed & he is contributing to, rather than being a drain on, society.
Former City Commissioner and director of the Cupid Chase, Slim Nash, spent the last month putting together the annual 5K. After putting forth a lot of time and energy, Nash is pleased to say that the event ran smoothly and was a success.
The Cupid Chase is run in 24 different cities through the United States, all benifiting Community Options. Community Options is an organization that raises money to support the needs of the severely disabled.
Aside from the run, Nash set up a profit night at the local Home Cafe which raised over $200. Nash says, “it is always worth the time when I know where the money is going and I am confident that this money is going to the hands of the right people.”
According to 2012 Census Bureau, nearly one in every five Americans have a disability of some sort and Community Options works to bring financial peace to the most severe of these cases.
To discover what zone you live in and when your zone will be picked
up please visit the City website at the attached link.
1. In the upper right hand corner of the page you will find a green shaded box labeled “Find Out Your Leaf Zone and Pickup Dates”.
2. Click on the drop down arrow next to the box labeled “Select Your Street” and scroll down alphabetically until you see your street name.
3. After selecting your street, click “Go”. This will take you to a new page that will list your leaf pick-up zone.
4. To the right of your zone number will be a link labeled “See Calendar”. This will take you to a calendar.
5. You can scroll through different months if necessary until your find the days that leaves will be picked-up in your respective zone.
Happy raking or blowing depending on your choice of leaf collection.
The Bowling Green Board of Commission visited with Hotel, Inc. Executive Director Rhondell Miller and others on Tuesday Homeless Outreach at the Old Bridge. Quality housing is in my basic platform. Homelessness is not just an issue for much larger urban areas. We face it here in Bowling Green as well. As we move forward, its imperative that we consider to address the real human needs of all residents in Bowling Green.
Would you like to volunteer for the Slim Nash campaign? I would sincerely appreciate an extra hand or two. We are always in need of volunteers to put out yard signs (only when requested by residents), make phone calls, and wave signs on election day for a few hours. If you or someone you know would like to help out, please have them contact me at 270-392-0776 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bowling Green Board of Commissioners rightly voted to delay a rezoning ordinance. As a City Commissioner, I led the charge and voted to delay rezoning a 1.5 acre tract of land on Old Morgantown Road from multifamily residential to general business for development of a grocery store. I believe this is the right choice for Bowling Green at the moment. Ideally, I believe we can find a compromise that protects the residents who have chosen remain or move-in to the Old Morgantown Road area while fostering a business-friendly environment.
If the Commission decides to move ahead with the rezoning at the next commissioner’s meeting, I will work to devise a course of action that prevents residents and families from being harshly penalized for choosing to remain in what many consider socio-economically challenged neighborhood. As your city commissioner, I believe in showing concern for people and for business. Sometimes that means the City can’t rush through with votes if a fair and equitable plan has not been established.
I believe in standing up for people in all neighborhoods, including those trapped or who have chosen to live in lower socio-economic areas by requesting the Commission delay this vote. All neighborhoods need protection from commercial encroachment regardless of where these neighborhoods are located.
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