Meet the Bowling Green 2020 mayoral candidates

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – There are three candidates for the mayoral race in Bowling Green coming up in November, two of which are write-in candidates.

Tom Morris, Chris Page and Todd Alcott are vying for the seat being vacated by Bruce Wilkerson who has decided not to run again due to an ongoing health issue.

Todd Alcott, an ROTC teacher for Warren County Public Schools and a retired member of United States Air Force was endorsed by Wilkerson.

“It’s really important for us whether you’re in the city or whether the county that we have leaders that are looking for united solutions. I mean if you’re in the county or you’re in the city our vision is basically the same, that’s to bring a strong economy, that’s to invest in the right infrastructure, that’s to be able to entice jobs that are going to be able to make our community a better community,” said Alcott.

Chris Page is a write-in candidate.

He is a local barber and local activist.

“Racial unity I think a lot of people are trying to skate around that issue. People don’t want to get in hot water. It’s a hot button topic, but to me it’s racial unity. People want environmental sustainability. People want economic prosperity. People want to be able to go up outside their doors and make as much money as possible. I don’t see personally anything wrong with that but also personal accountability. A lot of the reasons we are in the situations we are in is because people are just not held accountable for their actions,” said Page.

Tom Morris is also a write-in candidate.

Morris has a master’s degree in engineering and calls himself an environmentalist

“I think I am the best qualified to lead Bowling Green. I do have some issues that I’m concerned about: housing and I want to move us to a place where we have more affordable, more frequent housing. I want to bring us back to a place where we can recycle again, and I want to move Bowling Green to renewable energy as well,” said Morris.

Each candidate expressed opinions on the highly debated fairness ordinance that would prevent people LGBTQ people from discrimination in housing and employment in Bowling Green.

“I favor the fairness ordinance. I am not trying to tell anybody how they have to believe,” said Morris.

“I think whatever they do we have to get something that’s going to be beneficial both to the landlords into the LBGTQ community because I am in support of both of them,” said Page.

“The fairness ordinance is important to people but what I’m going to work for Bowling Green is I’m going to work for the issues that we have problems, and right now we have some big problems. Right now our community with our students, we have students that can’t afford high speed internet we have people that are not in areas that have a high speed internet,” said Alcott.

Alcott is the only candidate whose name appears on the ballot.

Warren County Clerk Lynette Yates explained how to properly write in a candidate’s name on the ballots.

She said you must fill in the bubble next to the blank for “write in” and then fill in the blank with the name of the candidate legibly.

Absentee ballots should go out in the next two to three weeks and election day is Nov. 3.