Yates Unseats Hawkins

by Gabe Bullard on November 2, 2010

For the first time ever, an elected incumbent member of Louisville’s Metro Council has been unseated.

Democrat David Yates defeated Republican Doug Hawkins in the 25th District, which covers a portion of southwest Louisville. Yates says residents of the district were tired of Hawkins’s partisan politics.

“There’s so much potential,” he says. “They’re tired of the division, the politics and it really is our time to shine and they’re excited about that.”

Also not returning to the council is independent Deonte Hollowell. Hollowell was appointed after Councilman George Unseld’s death, but lost Tuesday to Democratic candidate David James. The other sitting council members retained their seats. Republican Jerry Mills won the contest to replace Hal Heiner, who sought the mayor’s office rather than re-election to the Metro Council.

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