The Jefferson County Republican Party will meet Tuesday evening to choose a candidate for the special election in the 6th Metro Council District.
The seat is currently held by independent Deonte Hollowell, who was appointed in June to fill the vacancy left by Councilman George Unseld’s death. Hollowell is seeking election to the seat, and so is Democratic nominee David James.
GOP vice-chair Cordell Lawrence says there are about eight candidates to choose from, and it will be challenging for his party’s nominee to take on an incumbent and a Democrat in a heavily-Democratic district.
“It just means there’s a lot more ways that vote can be split,” he says. “It’s always tough in any kind of local, state or national race when you have an additional independent or third-party candidate. It just makes it that much more competitive.”
Lawrence says the candidate will likely run on a platform of fiscal conservancy and not focus on social issues. The 6th District includes Old Louisville and parts of the California and Russell neighborhoods, among other areas.