Another candidate has entered the 6th District Metro Council race in Louisville. Democrat Ken Herndon has launched a write-in campaign for the seat formerly held by the late George Unseld.
Herndon has long sought election to the seat. He narrowly lost the Democratic primary to Unseld in 2008. He sought appointment to the council after Unseld’s death, but the council chose independent Deonte Hollowell instead. Herndon then applied for his party’s nomination in the special election for the rest of Unseld’s term, but lost to David James.
Hollowell, James and GOP nominee Candace Jaworski will all appear on the ballot in November. Herndon’s will not. But he says he can run a strong write-in campaign.
“We have three people who are virtual unknowns who were placed in those positions by people who did not live in the district and I have a recent history where I nearly won the seat two years ago.”
Herndon says the Democratic Party’s nomination process was secretive and unfair. Party chair Tim Longmeyer says the party chose the right candidate.
“The members of the executive committee who all represent that district took into account, really, the long history of the district, the feelings of their constituents in the district, their own opinions as people who live in and around the district,” he says.