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.