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5 Questions with S. Brandon Coan

Published: May. 20, 2016 at 7:36 PM EDT|Updated: May. 20, 2016 at 9:01 PM EDT
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Brandon Coan (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Brandon Coan (Source: WAVE 3 News)

. - LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - If you drove through the Highlands, the campaign signs for the Democratic primary for the Metro Council seat representing District 8 were everywhere. In the end, it was attorney S. Brandon Coan who narrowly won Tuesday and likely will replace longtime council member Tom Owen, as no Republican candidate has filed to run.

Coan grew up in the Highlands-Douglass neighborhood. Today, he lives in Tyler Park with his wife and pets. He's young, just 35 years old. But he says he feels a sense of urgency for people his age to get more involved with local government because they are uniquely situated to "bridge the generational and cultural gaps" between the millennial generation and that of his parents.

Here now are my five questions with S. Brandon Coan:

1) What's the first thing you plan on doing as a member of the Metro Council?
Bowman is the largest neighborhood in District 8 without a functioning neighborhood association; I plan to help them organize one first thing.

2) This was a crowded field of candidates – some with deep pockets. How did you overcome that? 
Creativity, passion and hard work are more powerful than money and politics. That's what fueled my campaign, and it's what's going to make Louisville the city we all wish it to be.

3) You talk about increasing civic engagement. How do you envision making that happen?
I think we need to bring local politics into the 21st century by making it more interactive and even entertaining. That means experimenting with pop-up town halls in interesting settings, increasing the role of technology and other tactics to get people's attention and feedback.

4) What's a perfect day for you in the Highlands?
Brunch at Gralehaus, a walk in Cherokee Park, a movie at Baxter Avenue Theaters and dinner and drinks with friends.

5) Bardstown Road is a popular spot, and parking is an issue and will be getting worse with the new bar opening at Grinstead and Bardstown.  Any solutions to making it easier for people to go to Bardstown Road?
We'll never really improve parking near Bardstown Road until we improve public transit, as well. Ultimately, I would like to see streetcar service return to the Highlands but, in the meantime, I think we can aim for a better system of Park & TARC lots, all-electric ZeroBuses and roadway design improvements to make walking and biking safer, all of which will reduce traffic and parking congestion.

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