WKU alumnus runs for Bowling Green City Commission

Leaning against the dry erase board in a reporting class at WKU, a candidate for one of Bowling Green’s city commissioner positions spoke with journalism students about his background and campaign for the state elections in November.

Ready for a change in Bowling Green,  Nathan Morguelan is prepared and intends to make those changes.

“There need to be younger people actively involved in politics. There need to be people who don’t just let our legislatures get away with all this stuff,” Morguelan said.

Morguelan, 29, is the youngest candidate running for commissioner this upcoming election. Born in Louisville and a WKU graduate, he currently serves as chief videographer for Yellowberri.

Less than a year out of college, Morguelan started working for Yellowberri, a full service creative marketing agency. It helps local businesses in town with marketing, Morguelan said.

If elected, Morguelan proposes to pass the Fairness Ordinance that has been brought forth to city commissioners three times and has had no action, according to Morguelan.

The Fairness Coalition, a group advocating for the ordinance through the Fairness Campaign, presented almost 1,000 signatures and more than 100 businesses supporting its efforts, he said.

Stephanie Menser works with the campaign. “We’re simply trying to get the LGBT group added to the law that says you can’t discriminate against anyone for sex, religion, creed, ableness, etc.,” she said. “The main goal of the Fairness Campaign is just to get that group added to the civil rights law that will offer them protection against discrimination.”

Morguelan is proposing several other plans to better the city if he is elected. He said that currently in his campaign, he is producing a lot of video to put on Facebook. There will also be a press release regarding his campaign held in a few weeks, he said.

Bowling Green, Morguelan believes, is just the right size and has a sense of southern hospitality as well as much potential to progress — to be a place where people can be excited to go.

Being a city commissioner is time-consuming, and the community requires significant effort from its Board of Commissioners for them to perform their duties.

“I have a lot of time to do this. I have the time to actually care about it,” Morguelan said.

Holding a city commissioner position can open many doors for a future in politics. Regardless of whether or not he receives the position, Morguelan said, he still has the intention to be active in state politics.