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Success in the 2nd District of Lexington

For more information, visit Shayla D. Lynch's Ballotopedia page.

Currently, Shayla is honorably serving as
city council member of Lexington’s 2nd District.

Shayla continues to serve the 2nd District with a servant-leader heart, focusing on equity for all its residents.

During her 1st term, Shayla advocated for the needs of the 2nd District and one of her priorities was listening to neighbor feedback and implementing positive change.  

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  • Put for the C.R.O.W.N. Act Ordinance–first ordinance I initiated

    • Ordinance passed unanimously

    • Passed in less than six months of being in office

 

  • Co-Sponsored Source of Income ordinance–my second ordinance

    • Ordinance passed

    • Wrote an Op-ed in the Herald Leader

    • Testified at State Senate and State House committee meetings

 

  • Serves on the following city-related committees/boards/commissions/task forces

    • Social Services Advisory Board

    • Senior Services Commission

    • Masterson Station Park Advisory Board

    • Environmental Quality & Public Works Committee

    • General Government & Planning Committee

    • Tree Canopy Ad Hoc Committee

    • Public Input Sub-Committee

    • Council Rules Sub-Committee

    • Gun Violence Prevention Task Force

    • Diversity Equity Inclusion and Belonging Advisory Committee 

 

  • Initiatives

    • Successfully put forth a recommendation to establish a Tenant Advisory Group and a Landlord Advisory Group to provide feedback to the Housing Advocacy and Community Development Department

    • Working to assess the diversity, equity, and effectiveness of all of the city’s Boards and Commissions

    • Working to reform the Division of Code Enforcement

      • Co-hosted community Town Halls for public input

 

  • Secured $5 million for the complete renovation of the Douglass Park Pool

    • This was secured within the first six months of being in office

 

  • Secured $960,000 for paving at the Masterson Station Park fairgrounds

    • Paving had not occurred here in over 20 years

 

  • Worked with Seedleaf and D2 neighbors to create safer neighborhood access to a community garden

 

  • Allotted funding for Highlands’ park improvements

 

  • Initiated districtwide meetings

 

  • Initiated "Shayla In The Second" 

    • Office hours held in district 2

 

  • Participated in Neighborhood Walks with One Lexington in district 2

 

  • Co-Hosted the Kentucky State University Homecoming festivities in Lexington

    • Majority of events held in district 2

 

  • Participated in and volunteered at Neighborhood and Homeowner Association events

    • Halloween

    • Hangry Hump Days

    • Valentine’s Day Socials

    • Christmas Socials

    • Neighborhood Association & Homeowner’s Association meetings

    • Back to School Rallys

      • Taught a youth fitness class at one of the rallys

 

  • Speaking Engagements

    • Veterans Park Elementary School Black History Month Program

    • Leestown Middle School

    • Amachi Program

    • Kentucky State University Homecoming Convocation

    • Fatherhood Initiative Festival

    • Centre College’s Inaugural Women’s Leadership Conference

    • Lexington Traditional Magnet School- Black History Month

 

  • Community Activities

    • Organized Government Day for the Partners For Youth Spring Break Adopt-A-Park

    • Lexington Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors

      • Member of the Executive Board

    • Ran in the VA5K (held in district 2)

    • Tabled at Yappy Hours (when held in district 2)

    • Presented proclamations to the following:

      • Distinguished Young Women Pageant

      • MC Sha-Rock (for the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop)

      • Kentucky Fair Housing Council, Inc.

      • Angel Laketa Moore and Marcus Tanksley

 

  • Awards

    • Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission Trailblazer Award (2023)

    • Featured for Black History Month by LEX18 (2024)

 

  • Advocated and ensured that issues of equity were apart of the Goals and Objectives of the 2045 Comprehensive Plan

    • Specifically included items that were apart of the Racial Justice and Equality Commission’s final report.

    • Supported the inclusion of affordable housing in our expansion areas.

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