Laura Dake for City Council
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My name is Laura Dake. I am running for re-election to Versailles City Council because I care about the future of Versailles, where I have lived for 28 years. I am proud to have raised my family here and to have made this beautiful town my home. Since my first term began in 2017, I have worked hard by studying the issues, asking questions, voting my conscience, listening carefully to constituents and working closely with community members.

I am proud of my accomplishments in my four years on council.  I have supported city workers and city improvements via the budget process and have sought to ensure fair treatment for all residents.  I was proud to vote to approve CARES funds to support our small businesses and families adversely affected by closures, slowdowns, or job loss related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As a City Council Member, I:

  • Voted to approve $433,000 in city CARES money to reimburse small businesses affected by COVID-19 and $60,000 to help affected residents with delinquent rent, mortgage and utility bills
  • Voted to keep Versailles’ property tax rate low, one of the lowest in Central Kentucky
  • Voted on a fairness ordinance disallowing discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations for LGBTQ individuals, an ordinance that is now county-wide
  • Approved funding to remove residents’ fallen trees and branches at no charge following the windstorm in July 2018
  • Approved creating an “entertainment district” downtown to encourage people to visit
  • Am proud of our balanced budget, new police station and wastewater treatment plant

As Chair of the Streets & Stormwater Committee, I worked or am working on:

  • Four-way stop at Morgan, Church and Bowmar Streets
  • Placing attractive cigarette receptacles downtown and in Big Spring Park to reduce litter
  • Grass clippings off city roads (for safety and environmental reasons) and dumpster ordinances
  • Efforts to encourage drivers to slow down on city streets

As a Communications, Tourism and Downtown Committee member, I worked or am working on:

  • Bringing attractive wayfinding signage and pedestrian kiosks to Versailles to encourage visits to local attractions and to find downtown parking and businesses  
  • Approving an updated logo for the City of Versailles 
  • Ensuring the public is informed about city meetings

As a Volunteer working to improve the look and feel of our city park, Big Spring, I worked or am working on:

  • Litter clean-ups and invasives removal
  • Saturday morning “Yoga at the Park” finishing up its third, and most successful, summer
  • Monarch waystation in its third year
  • “Overlook deck” off the library parking lot to be completed this year (unforeseen issues delayed this project) 

In addition, I recently achieved Level II – Excellence in City Governance from the City Officials Training Center at the Kentucky League of Cities.  

MEET LAURA DAKE

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  • 28 year resident of Versailles.
  • City council member since 2017. Chair of the Streets, Stormwater & Cemetery Committee.  Member of the Wayfinding Signage Subcommittee.
  • Community Outreach Manager, Bluegrass Care Navigators.
  • Board member: A Caring Place; Council of Neighborhood Associations — Woodford County; Keep the Bluegrass Beautiful; Opportunity for Work & Learning; and Woodford Parks Foundation.    
  • Community Educator, Alzheimer’s Association  
  • Graduate of the University of Michigan and George Mason University.
  • Married to Bill Dake, a family physician with HealthFirst Bluegrass.
  • Mother of three Woodford County Public Schools’ graduates, Julia, Janet and Jimmy.
  • Active member of Versailles Presbyterian Church for over 25 years.

PASSIONATE

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Laura Dake is Passionate About:

    • Explore ways to help people who may be impacted by the lingering effects of the pandemic.
    • Develop age-friendly initiatives for older residents and people with different abilities throughout the lifespan.
    • Encourage an even more vibrant, vital downtown.
    • Provide entertainment opportunities for children, teens and young adults.
    • Focus on creating good, well-paying jobs.
    • Work to keep Versailles’ property taxes low. 
    • Consider the needs of the community when reviewing the budget. 
    • Develop housing options for all income levels. 
    • Focus on infill and rehabbing blighted properties.
    • Protect Versailles’ number one asset:  its rural character and small town charm. 
    • Improve walkability of downtown Versailles.
    • Encourage full utilization of downtown buildings.
    • Improve and enhance Big Spring Park to become a destination for all ages to enjoy.
    • Support walking/biking/hiking trails and new sidewalks to enhance connectivity and promote a healthier lifestyle. 
    • Encourage periodic listening forums or town halls with the public.
    • Continue to post meeting agendas on social media. 
    • Promote volunteerism and civic involvement.

COMMITTED

“The future of Versailles is important to me.”

As your Council member, I have listened to you, considered the needs of the community carefully and worked diligently and thoughtfully to address those needs.  I would be honored to represent you again on Versailles City Council. Please vote for me, #4 on the ballot.  

If you would like to ask a question, share your concerns or show your support by putting up a yard sign, I would love to hear from you.  Please call or text me at 859-351-0460 or email me at lauradake4cc@gmail.com.  I am also on Facebook at Laura Dake Versailles City Council. 

DONATE

Checks can be made out to “The Campaign Fund of Laura Dake.” 315 S Main St, Versailles, KY 40383. In addition to checks, I also have a PayPal account.