“My father looked so forward to this day,” said Jeanie Unseld. “He used to sit on a bench over there with his crazy dog and a cigar and speak to any and everyone about what’s happening in this area.”
When Louisville Metro Councilman George Unseld died in June, a special election was ordered to elect someone to fill the remaining two years of his term.
Four candidates are actively campaigning for the seat, and they all face a tough fight for what may be the busiest job on the Metro Council.
A meeting will be held Monday evening in Old Louisville to discuss changing First and Brook Streets from one-way to two-way. It’s an issue that has been discussed before.
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.
The GOP was supposed to choose a nominee for the race on Tuesday, but held off on the selection in order to review candidates who submitted their applications at the last minute. The party has until next Tuesday to register a candidate, and will vote on a nominee either later this week or next Monday.
The Democratic Party has chosen former Fraternal Order of Police president David James as their nominee 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.
Independent Metro Councilmember Deonte Hollowell will file his paperwork Wednesday to run for the seat he was appointed to last month. Hollwell will be the first person to declare his candidacy in the race.
The local Democratic and Republican parties will soon nominate candidates to run for the 6th District Metro Council seat previously held by the late George Unseld. The seat is now held by Deonte Hollowell, an independent who was appointed by the council after Unseld’s death.
The body had ten candidates to choose from, and voted 33 times without any one person receiving the minimum 13 votes to fill the 6th District seat. Most of the votes were torn between Ken Herndon, who narrowly lost a primary race against Unseld in 2008 and Neeka Parks Thompson, an attorney who used to work in state government.
The council will nominate and vote on a successor Wednesday. Majority caucus spokesperson Tony Hyatt says councilmembers will likely talk after the interviews and narrow down the list of candidates to two or three nominees.