Louisville Metro Councilman Jim King, D-10, is expected to be elected to a second consecutive term as council president and the former mayoral candidate is eager to serve as leader of the city legislature.
The council will elect a member to serve a one-year term as president at a special meeting Monday, and King is the only candidate vying for the position. He previously served as council president in 2008, and he became the first president to serve a second term when he won the spot again a year ago.
King says the council made some tough decisions last year, but city lawmakers have gained momentum that he would like to see continue.
“The council is in a very good place right now, I believe we’ve built a strong foundation for working together in the future. And frankly I like it that we’re on a roll and I’d like to continue that,” he says.
The 17-member Democratic caucus has endorsed King and no council Republican has shown interest in the position.
Last year, the council filled a large budget shortfall, redrew council districts and dealt with the removal of a member. King says there are plenty of issues for city lawmakers to tackle…from the bridges project to abandoned properties.
“Job creation and economic development as clearly people in our city continue to hurt in this economy and there’s more that needs to be done. Hopefully the bridges construction, they’re scheduled to being this year. We need to find a solution for Kentucky Kingdom. We’re going to work on vacant homes and abandoned home issues, and certainly working with the mayor on selecting a new police chief. So we do have our plate full,” he says.