Council Incumbents Ward Off Primary Challengers

by Gabe Bullard

None of the Louisville Metro Council members who faced primary challengers for re-election lost Tuesday.

Thirteen Metro Council seats are up for election this year, and seven incumbents were in contested primaries. None of the challengers were victorious, and six incumbent council members now face contested general elections.

One of the most watched council elections will be for the 25th District seat. Incumbent Republican Doug Hawkins handily beat a primary challenger, but will now face Democratic attorney David Yates in November.

In the 19th District, where incumbent Hal Heiner gave up the chance for re-election to pursue the mayor’s office, Jerry Miller won a three-way primary for the Republican nomination. Miller has worked in state and county politics previously and will face Democratic newcomer Justin Chelf in November.