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!
Late last month, I had the distinct pleasure of attending the Back to School Bash hosted by service organizations, BGTC programs, and the Student Government Association. A Commissioner’s work is never done. As a member of the public and a servant of the public, I wear many hats at one time, so to speak. While promoting my re-election campaign, I continued to promote the well-being of the region’s children by also representing my work in the capacity of Bellewood Therapeutic Foster Care. A good commissioner should work for the people and along side them. For more on the story, visit Bowling Green Technical College’s press release by clicking here.
Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! It takes more than just words, it takes a vision and a plan to keep Bowling Green thriving and moving forward. For my interview with WBKO on this exact topic, please check out their website and my interview by clicking here.