Democrats Select James for Sixth District Metro Council Election

The Jefferson County Democratic Party has selected its candidate for the special election in the 6th Metro Council District.

The election will determine who will serve the remaining two years of Councilman George Unseld’s term. Unseld died last month and the council appointed independent Deonte Hollowell to fill the seat.

Hollowell is seeking election to the seat, and both major parties are allowed to select candidates as well. Last night, the Democratic Party chose former Fraternal Order of Police president David James as their nominee.

James’s nomination came after two rounds of voting in which no candidate won the necessary support. The nomination was determined by a nine-member panel, with each member representing a piece of the 6th District. Members’ votes were weighted, depending on the number of voters they represented.

James was previously an advisor to Councilman Jim King’s campaign for mayor. He will be vetted before his candidacy is made official. Candidates must file with the County Clerk by August 11th.

The county Republican Party will meet to choose a candidate next Tuesday.