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Midway City Council Q&A

Stacy Thurman


Why are you running for city council and what are your top priorities?

My goal has always been to help preserve the characteristics that make Midway a wonderful place to live, while being a proponent of positive and impactful change. This means creating an environment where elected officials, citizens, civic groups, and businesses work together to achieve common goals that enrich Midway. More specifically, I want to move forward with a housing needs assessment involving community input, continue progress toward making Midway a safe, walkable community and, most importantly, approach all decision-making by asking who stands to benefit from the outcome and who is missing from the picture.

What are your thoughts about the revitalization of Walter Bradley Jr. Park and what more needs to be done to improve it?

Walter Bradley Park is a treasure in our town. The Parks Board has done a phenomenal job beautifying this outdoor space, making it a connector between different parts of town, and creating accessible trails. We recently saw a master plan for the park that included, among other features, the addition of an amphitheater. I appreciate the overall goal to keep the park as natural as possible and I will continue to support the board and trust their vision.

What more can the city do to help businesses and individuals affected by the economic downturn caused by COVID-19?

I am proud of the steps we have taken to assist those in Midway who have been most affected by the pandemic. The voucher program and Sustain Midway were both creative efforts that helped individuals while funneling money into our local economy. We’re going to have to continue to think outside the box and involve local partners. I will never underestimate the significance of a phone call to check on a neighbor. One of the benefits of being a small town is the ability to communicate and identify needs and tackle issues together. That’s what Midway does!

What can the council do to increase low income and other housing opportunities in Midway?

I have worked with an affordable housing task force to explore the need for housing in Midway. My goal is to continue this work by conducting a housing needs assessment to involve the community as well as some of our larger employers. I would like to further explore options, outside of single family residential, including accessory dwelling units and infill development, that would provide equitable housing options and allow for modest growth in Midway without looking outside of our city limits.

What are your thoughts on future commercial development at Midway Station?

The B-5 land is already there and zoned for commercial property. It will be up to the Economic Development Authority to market the lots and evaluate potential buyers, but I hope the city will be able to play a role, to some degree, in helping determine what businesses are a right fit for Midway. Consideration needs to go into commerce that not only appeals to tourists and travelers off the interstate, but will also benefit the hundreds of employees that work at Midway Station.


Steve Simoff


Why are you running for city council and what are your top priorities?

I’m running because I care a great deal for the town of Midway and the citizens who reside here. I think I have experience to contribute having served on the council before. My top priorities would be to complete what the current city council has started, to see further completement and development of Midway Station, concentrate on improvements to Midway infrastructure, and to support our local businesses.

What are your thoughts about the revitalization of Walter Bradley Jr. Park and what more needs to be done to improve it?

The park has become a major asset to the city of Midway and is enjoyed by all. I would like to see the woodland area protected in its natural state for human and wildlife enjoyment. I would like to see that it continues to be adequately funded and managed.

What more can the city do to help businesses and individuals affected by the economic downturn caused by COVID-19?

I would like to see council members reach out to all businesses individually to learn what everyone’s personal issues and problems are. The council can then come together on what the businesses true needs are and try to address them. If a stimulus package can be offered again, I would be in favor of that. I support the continuance of safety measures and vouchers for individuals during this time of COVID-19.

What can the council do to increase low income and other housing opportunities in Midway?

Search out properties/lots within the city boundaries where there are restrictions on building homes/apartments and see if barriers can be removed.

What are your thoughts on future commercial development at Midway Station?

I support future commercial development at Midway Station. Also, I want a scenic buffer put in place along the interstate to see that the beauty of Midway is maintained.


Mary Raglin


Why are you running for city council and what are your top priorities?

I am running to be a voice for the unheard. I want to be the change you see. I want to help my neighbors who may have questions or want answers. Who are my neighbors (everyone in Midway). I want to know and learn more about the city I live in. I am a black woman who wants to be a positive influence for the black community of Midway.

What are your thoughts about the revitalization of Walter Bradley Jr. Park and what more needs to be done to improve it?

There is always room for improvement. I have not walked the park so I don’t know what improvements it may need. The pictures are beautiful of the park.

What more can the city do to help businesses and individuals affected by the economic downturn caused by COVID-19?

That’s a hard question to answer. Keep inviting outside folk to come visit our personable little town of Midway, KY. We ourselves need to continue to support our local businesses. Keep those “Blessing Boxes” full!!!!

What can the council do to increase low income and other housing opportunities in Midway?

To my understanding there is a possible plan for building affordable housing. I’m excited to learn more about this.

What are your thoughts on future commercial development at Midway Station?

I want to see Midway Station up and running. I believe all lots have been sold, commercial businesses will be developing soon, that means job openings. Midway Station is going to be perfect for Midway, KY.


Logan Nance


Why are you running for city council and what are your top priorities?

I am running for Midway City Council because I want to keep our small town small. I want to protect our farmland, and I want to make sure we are being responsible with our tax dollars and continue making the necessary updates to our aging infrastructure.

What are your thoughts about the revitalization of Walter Bradley Jr. Park and what more needs to be done to improve it?

I love the work that has been done to create WBP. The park serves as a great connector of our community and especially during this past year it has served as a great refuge for people looking to get out of their homes and enjoy nature. As for improvements, I support recommendations from the park board which has done a great job thus far.

What more can the city do to help businesses and individuals affected by the economic downturn caused by COVID-19?

I believe that Midway has done more than most cities in helping local families and businesses. I loved being able to do the Midway Bucks stimulus that allowed Midway families to use their tax dollars to support their favorite local businesses and restaurants. We have also recently invested money to help promote our shops and drive more tourism to Midway. I am open to other options for stimulating the local economy, but also believe it is time for the federal government to set aside partisan politics and step up to help families that are struggling due to the pandemic.

What can the council do to increase low income and other housing opportunities in Midway?

In the immediate, I believe that the city council should look at reducing the burden of property tax on our citizens. The mayor recently appointed me to head a committee to explore property tax and our options as a city to reduce, or even remove, the city’s collection of property tax.  Such a reduction wouldn’t be a huge relief, but for our aging population on a fixed income it would be noticeable. In the big picture we need to find a way to encourage and incentivize infill development of affordable single level townhomes and condominiums where possible within the city.

What are your thoughts on future commercial development at Midway Station?

I am excited about the potential for commercial development in the few zoned plats at Midway Station. I am hopeful the state will widen the road along Midway Station which is a desperate need at the moment. Then I believe we will have an opportunity to create an incredible space for commercial and agritourism related businesses. With the potential for a bourbon distillery opening up and the potential for public access to Elkhorn Creek, Midway will be able to be incredibly competitive in attracting the kind of businesses we want that fit into the existing culture of Midway.


John McDaniel

Why are you running for city council and what are your top priorities?

A lot of people have put their heart and soul into Midway making it what it is today. I want to continue that tradition and keep doing what I can for Midway. I believe in a transparent Midway government that focuses on the citizens, their safety and the financial wellbeing of the town. I have participated as a member and president of every Midway organization that has been part of the town. I know what issues that plague Midway and have been recognized for my work in Midway and I want to continue to work to keep Midway a special.

What are your thoughts about the revitalization of Walter Bradley Jr. Park and what more needs to be done to improve it?

Love a lot of the work that has been done there. I would like to see the park made more interesting to visiting children and more activities for children to participate in. The park needs more oversite by board members that are not part of the city council. The city has been in violation by not obtaining permits for their structures they have built leaving the city open to lawsuits and public has not been notified. Again, more transparency as to what work is being done.

What more can the city do to help businesses and individuals affected by the economic downturn caused by COVID-19?

There isn’t an answer at this time because there are still too many unknowns i.e. how intense is the virus’s second wave going to be or what help is the federal government going to provide. I am glad the MBA convinced a reluctant council to help with obtaining a federal grant to help Midway businesses downtown. We have learned that businesses are learning to adjust, and the council is going to have to listen to the merchants to see how the council can help.

What can the council do to increase low income and other housing opportunities in Midway?

We are in a time where planning to build or expand anything would be a gamble. The National Association of Home Builders shows that since mid-April of 2020, lumber prices have risen by 130 percent, and those increased costs have increased the cost of single-family homes more than $16,000 on average and to talk about low income housing being built on some of the most expensive land in the area is a discussion for another time. The city needs to focus on infrastructure. We have street water running into people’s homes and into our community streams, let’s fix what we have.

What are your thoughts on future commercial development at Midway Station?

When Mayor Vandergrift was first running for mayor he campaigned on slow and controlled growth in the Midway Station area. Through the efforts of prior city governments Midway Station is beginning to pay off. Unfortunately, now we hear of discussions about a city limits making its way to the Elkhorn Creek at the Scott County line. Midway Station has put the town in a good financial position yet our downtown has declined over the last three years as all the focus has been on Midway Station. We must consider the town as a whole and plan accordingly.


Sara Hicks

Why are you running for city council and what are your top priorities?

I run for Midway City Counsel in order to work as a public servant to increase the health, safety, and happiness of my fellow citizens. My priorities are to continue to repair and upgrade our public infrastructure including the sewer system, water system, roads and sidewalks. In particular, I would like to see our historic black cemeteries be put in order with all broken and fallen gravestones repaired and erected. I hope we can soon build safe sidewalks from The Homeplace on Stephens Street to Northside Elementary School and resurface the roads in our cemetery along with creating pedestrian gates.

What are your thoughts about the revitalization of Walter Bradley Jr. Park and what more needs to be done to improve it?

John Holloway and the Walter Bradley Junior Park Board have done an exemplary job of clearing invasive species, developing new paths and planting new trees and bushes. The master plan will continue their designs to include signage, a picnic area and a discussion circle. We are grateful for their artistic and conservation sensitive work.

What more can the city do to help businesses and individuals affected by the economic downturn caused by COVID-19?

We can encourage patronage of local business, pass on any federal relief funding, remain vigilante of the well being of our neighbors and continue to contribute to our food boxes.

What can the council do to increase low income and other housing opportunities in Midway?

We can continue to reach out to builders with an interest in providing single story downsized housing stock for elders and modest multiple story housing for young families. We can explore zoning changes to allow small family units in single family yards. We can encourage our landlords to improve the insulation of older homes so that winter utility bills are not a burden to their occupants.

What are your thoughts on future commercial development at Midway Station?

We must continue to work closely with the Woodford EDA and Chamber of Commerce to complete the sale of all Midway Station Commercial lots.


Kaye Nita Gallagher

Why are you running for city council and what are your top priorities?

I have enjoyed being on the council for the past six years and feel like we have gotten quite a bit accomplished.  There are so many reasons I have decided to run again. Definitely have Midway Station at 100 percent capacity is my main concern. We are currently working on the city’s infrastructure; this is another reason.

What are your thoughts about the revitalization of Walter Bradley Jr. Park and what more needs to be done to improve it?

I knew Mr. Bradley and I am sure he would be proud to have his name one the park. The parks board has done a great job and continues to keep the park updated. 

What more can the city do to help businesses and individuals affected by the economic downturn caused by COVID-19?

It takes a village and I think that is what Midway has done. From giving “Midway Bucks” to the citizens and a grant to the merchants. Depending on how long this pandemic last; we may have to look at this again. It is my hope, with the holidays coming up, the merchants will have normal sales. I think we are going to have to wait and see what the future holds. I am confident we will help out any way we can.

What can the council do to increase low income and other housing opportunities in Midway?

Other than the water bills, this is one of the next concerns for the city. I know the mayor has appointees to an Affordable Housing task force. I will take their recommendations into consideration.

What are your thoughts on future commercial development at Midway Station?

Like I stated previously I would like to see it at 100 percent occupancy. I’m glad we are finally seeing it grow.  I am proud to say I have played a part in this endeavor and look forward to another two years.


Adam Bailey

Why are you running for city council and what are your top priorities?

My wife and I have been blessed to call Woodford County our home since childhood and are extremely grateful to have spent the past five years raising our two daughters in Midway. In those five years it has become abundantly clear that Midway’s small-town culture and community values are extraordinarily unique in today’s society. As a father and neighbor of that community, I felt a civic duty to give back and become invested in protecting those values. City Council represents an opportunity to fulfill that calling and to provide an outlet for all of Midway’s citizens to do so.

What are your thoughts about the revitalization of Walter Bradley Jr. Park and what more needs to be done to improve it?

Walter Bradley Jr. Park is an invaluable asset to the city of Midway, and the work our parks board has done in rejuvenating it has been exceptional. As a father of two children, I still feel strongly in exploring options for introducing outdoor facilities such as a playground or splash pad for the families of Midway. Designated as an arboretum, WBJ park may not be the location for these additions but I would encourage our council to revisit our seat on the county Parks and Recreation committee and utilizing the current property appropriated for such use.

What more can the city do to help businesses and individuals affected by the economic downturn caused by COVID-19?

The profound economic impact of COVID-19 is felt by both our businesses and household’s alike. I applaud the effort our city made with the direct payments during the onset of COVID-19 and would love to explore additional funding/grants to aid in supplementing our families again. I fundamentally believe that Midway’s small businesses are the foundation for its southern charm and I’m confident that working congruently with the Woodford tourism board we can continue to grow local tourism to the city of Midway.

What can the council do to increase low income and other housing opportunities in Midway?

The discussion of expanding residential zoning in Midway is a topic near and dear to most every resident in Midway. As highlighted during the candidate forum in early October, universally the consensus is that neither the council, nor its residents have a desire to see an expansion of residential zoning at this time. As I have referred to throughout my campaign, what makes Midway unique and equally attractive to tourism industry, is its small-town allure. Speaking to low-income housing within Midway, I would be open to speaking with the Kentucky Housing Authority to see data that supports such a need.

What are your thoughts on future commercial development at Midway Station?

It is difficult to quantify how impactful the growth within Midway Station has been for the city of Midway’s economic stability. Allowing for various tax cuts, and investments into Midway’s infrastructure, it has afforded the city flexibility within its budget and opportunity to explore a variety of projects. I fully support the continued growth of Midway Station, within the current land that has been zoned for its expansion. As I have said over various platforms it is critical that we navigate the Midway Station development in a way that protects economic growth and our small-town culture.  

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