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John Kennedy Bailey (D)

Education: Yale University; West Virginia University College of Law

Occupation: Lawyer

Gazette Opinion:

Q: Do you support evidence-based programs to protect public health during the drug abuse crisis?

A: Yes.

Q: Would you support expanding the bike pathway along Kanawha Boulevard?

A: Yes. We should study how the expansion on the West Side has impacted traffic and learn from that, but increasing recreational/exercise opportunities seems a fair trade off for somewhat less traffic flow. Adding a sidewalk around the back of the Union building would also be good for runners/walkers/bikers.

Daily Mail Opinion:

Q: How should the city address the issue of criminal transient individuals?

A: We should arrest and prosecute those who commit crimes, but we should try to direct those who are willing to recovery programs. We should add resources to the family reunification program that helps get some people back to their homes.

Q: Has the city of Charleston become a better or worse place to live in the past five years? How so? 

A: While petty crime is up some, overall, I think it’s a better place to live.  Capitol Street has more dining options for those who can afford it.  Live at the Levee has huge crowds every Friday. There is lot more to do on weekends.   The city has invested a lot in infrastructure.