The filing deadline for the Louisville Metro Council’s 6th District has passed and a total of 20 people have applied for consideration to fill the seat, which was declared vacant following the sudden death of Councilman George Unseld.
The council will hold two special meetings later this month, the first on June 29 to interview the candidates and another on June 30 to vote for the replacement. The crowded field includes community organizers, legal professionals, small business owners and former Metro government employees.
Here are all the applicants:
John P. Albers: a 6th District resident, who doesn’t list any work experience.
Phillip Baker: a State Farm insurance salesman.
Carolyn Bowman: an adjunct professor at Georgetown College.
Carol Clark: a former Louisville Metro Police officer and small business owner.
Kevin L. Dunlap: a housing and community development consultant and interim chairman of the Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
Dan Borsch: a small business owner and co-founder of the Facebook group “Say NO to Bridge Tolls,” who challenged Unseld in the 2004 Democratic primary and 2006 campaign manager for U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth.
Cassia Herron: former organizer with Community Farm Alliance and economic development officer in Metro government, who previously worked as a volunteer with the Louisville Urban League.
Angela Hollinsworth: an outreach coordinator with the health department.
Deonte Hollowell: an adjunct professor at Spalding University, lecturer at the University of Louisville and instructor at Jefferson Community and Technical College.
Rachel M. Hurst: a political consultant for various organizations, including Habitat for Humanity of Louisville Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression and the Kentucky Fairness Alliance.
Keith B. Hunter: an assistant Jefferson County attorney and civil rights attorney, who was close friends with Unseld and his rumored successor.
David James: a former Louisville Metro Police officer and president of the Fraternal Order of Police, who served as commissioner of the Kentucky Bureau of Investigations and currently a lieutenant with the University of Louisville campus police department.
Paula Johnston: an officer manager at a doctor’s officer until January.
Giavannai Lusco: a social clinician in the state cabinet for health and family services.
Stephen Peterson: an executive assistant manager at Walgreens Co.
Bobbie Powell: a labor organizer and Jefferson County Public School instructor.
Mary Sullivan: a former security guard and receptionist at Actor’s Theatre.
Barney Sutton: a state realty agent.
Neeka L. Parks Thompson: an attorney who previously worked as deputy director in the state’s Personnel Cabinet.
It’s important to note that the Jefferson County Attorney’s office is conducting a background check on all the applicants to ensure that they qualify for the position. The candidates are required to be 21-years-old, a qualified voter and have lived in the district for over a year prior to the election.
Once that is complete council members will begin reviewing the resumes before picking a replacement, who must be appointed by a majority vote of the council. The spokespersons for both council Democrats and Republicans tell LEO Weekly that the seat will remain Democratic.
“The council president has asked for a set of questions that pertain to their citywide vision and what qualifies you to serve the people of the 6th District,” says Democratic caucus spokesman Tony Hyatt, adding council members will also ask thorough follow-up questions. “The target time for each applicant that we’re looking at is 15 minutes for each candidate. Any additional information about them will be reviewed by the council.”
After the council makes its selection, both major political parties will pick their respective candidates to run in the general election this November to finish the remainder of Unseld’s term. That leaves open a possibility that whoever the council selects to fill serve for the rest of 2010 could be trumped by the party’s nominee, but Hyatt says the Democratic leadership in the city will probably respect the council’s choice.