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Owensboro Mayoral Candidates Speak About Discrimination

44News spoke with 3 of the 4 mayoral candidates in Owensboro to hear their platforms and hopes for the political office if they are elected.

Posted: Oct 20, 2020 6:17 PM
Updated: Oct 21, 2020 8:22 AM

Early voting in Kentucky kicked off last week.

Already, more than 8500 Daviess County residents have cast their vote in this years election.

But that still leaves thousands of voters left to fill out their ballots.

44News took a look at one of the most important local races in the county.

And we wanted to give you an inside look at the candidates vying to be mayor.

Currently, a city commissioner, Larry Conder has put back more than $11 million into developing and supporting Owensboro.

And on top of pushing for city and county wide high-speed internet access, he is also running on a platform for equality for all.

“We also need to put in place policies and procedures to where we address, honestly and straight up, do we have issues with any type of systemic discrimination whether that be in any of our school systems or city facilities," said Conder.

Conder is also looking to pass an ordinance that makes it illegal to discriminate agaisnt the LGBTQ community in regards to housing and employment.

And there’s another city commissioner on this years ticket.

Pamela Smith-Wright has been an Owensboro commissioner for almost ten years now.

She feels strongly about Owensboro needing to be welcoming to all people regardless of race, gender, or sexuality.

And she believes her years of experience in politics and her unique viewpoint as a woman of color give her the right perspective to be mayor of Owensboro.

“Women do things a lot differently," said Smith-Wright. "We think differently than men. I’m not saying the city hasn’t been run well, because it has, because I’ve been a part of it, but i just think that it’s the right time for a change.”

And a candidate, who is new to politics, is hoping to bring a fresh voice and a contemporary set of ideas to the mayors seat.

“I think this moment is calling for leaders who have a new set of experiences thats not necessarily in business, but it’s in essential services it’s in education, so that’s what I offer," said Dracin Williams. "I was an educator, and i did work in community organizing.”

44News reached out to current mayor Tom Watson, but he was unavailable for an interview.

Early voting is currently underway in Daviess county. You can go to the town square mall or the county courthouse from 8:00 am - 4:00 Pm on Monday - Friday to cast your vote.

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