Parties Considering Nominees For 6th District Election

by Gabe Bullard on July 14, 2010

The local Democratic and Republican parties will soon nominate candidates to run for the 6th District Metro Council seat previously held by the late George Unseld.

The ┬áseat is now held by Deonte Hollowell, an independent who was appointed by the council after Unseld’s death. There will be a special election for the seat in November, and the major parties have until August 10th to choose nominees.

The Democratic Party is accepting applications through Saturday. Chairman Tim Longmeyer says candidate interviews will begin soon, and a committee of nine party officials will vote on a nominee on the 29th.

“There are three legislative districts that comprise Metro District 6 and each of those legislative districts has three members,” he says.

Any Democrats who applied to be appointed by the council will automatically be considered, and Longmeyer says he’s not sure who else would pursue the seat.

“Really, no preconceived notion,” he says. “On one hand, you would think most of the individuals who were interested probably would have applied to the Metro Council, so we really don’t know how many additional to expect.”

Among the previous applicants who will be considered are Ken Herndon and Neeka Parks Thompson, who each almost received enough votes to be appointed. The county GOP will vote on a nominee this month. Hollowell has said he’s interested in running in the special election, too.

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Curtis Morrison July 14, 2010 at 3:46 pm

For those just tuning in, Herndon came within 2 percentage points of winning the nomination in the ’08 Democratic primary, Of the 4,074 votes cast, Herndon received 1,981 votes, or 48.6%. Unseld achieved his victory narrowly, with just 2,093 votes.

It’s pretty obvious that Herndon is a safe bet for the Democratic Party to keep the seat. 1981 voters have already voted for him, and just disclosing, I was one of them.

gracie July 17, 2010 at 11:10 am

What nobody is saying is that Ken still lost that race…in fact Ken has lost every race that he has ran except for County Judge which has no powers or pay. I am sure Ken is a nice guy, but there feels a sense of entitlement on his part. Why cant he give the 9 people the respect they deserve and let them hear from all the candidates then let them vote. If he is the right person and the strongest democrat then they will pick him, if they do not…then obviously they don’t share Kens feelings.

Jessica July 20, 2010 at 4:28 pm

As a resident of the 6th District, I support Ken Herndon. He has support of much of the district, as his previous record has shown, and he is committed to representing the district. We need someone ready to get the job done on day one – and that person is Ken.

gracie July 20, 2010 at 5:56 pm

I am not saying Ken would not be a good pick for the job. I am only pointing out that he might not get the nomination. Ken has ran for for many seats in the past and has never won any of them except a seat that does not have any powers or pay. We need a strong democrat and his past elections show nothing but him loosing. He came close in one election, but George was sick and unable to campaign. And…..Ken still did not win. I have nothing personal against Ken, I am only pointing out the facts.

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