Welch Faces Challenger In 13th District Primary

by Gabe Bullard

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch says she’s counting on a high voter turnout Tuesday to push her to victory on Tuesday in the 13th District Democratic Primary.

Welch has represented her south-end district since 2006. She faces a primary challenger from Fairdale firefighter Larry Roger Price, who says he’s running to bring a new face to Metro Government.

“I’m not trying to insult anybody, but a younger set of eyes, a new outlook on things, trying to get my generation a little more involved in the growth of our area,” says Price.

Welch most recently championed legislation aimed at curbing meth production, but later withdrew it from the council. She says that and other initiatives have made her popular in her district. And with the mayor’s race at the top of the ballot, she’s expecting a high turnout of constituents Tuesday.

“I think that helps incumbents with the high turnout, just because we do have high name recognition, number one,” she says. “Being a woman, I think, helps. I think women like to vote for women.”

Welch says despite her incumbency, she’s taking the primary race seriously. Especially since Price may carry the vote around Fairdale. One Republican, Renay Davis is also running for the seat.