When it comes to politics, there’s lots of talk but often very little evidence of what you can really expect if a candidate is elected. But, this year, when it comes to Ashland’s mayoral race, there is hard evidence. VOTING RECORDS! Here’s how I voted on KEY issues and how my opponent, Tonya Graham, who also serves on city council, voted.
8.2 MILLION DOLLAR CITY HALL BOND
Julie Akins promised to vote no.
My opponent spoke out strongly in favor of the City Hall bond.
MEGA JAIL BOND AND SERVICE DISTRICT
Julie Akins agreed with 86% of the voters.
My opponent advocated strongly for the Jail Bond.
ALLOWING UBER AND LYFT
Julie Akins agreed with greater mobility for seniors and gig workers.
My opponent came out against Uber and Lyft in Ashland.
Julie Akins advocated for a more rigorous look at possible cost savings.
My opponent formed a committee to float a bond and raise fees.
RAIDING THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING TRUST FUND
Julie Akins lobbied tirelessly and worked against taking money from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
My opponent, despite claiming to care about affordable housing, supported taking money away from the trust fund.
RAISING GARBAGE AND UTILITY RATES
Julie Akins kept her promise to vote against rate increases.
My opponent supports rate increases .
STOP AND IDENTIFY
Julie Akins based her decision around statistics, profiling dangers, and expense.
My opponent, who claims to represent equity, supported ‘Stop and Identify’.