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Jim King

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Since 2004, Jim King has served on the Metro Council as the representative for District 10. He rose to the position of vice-chair of the council's Democratic caucus in 2005, and in 2008, he was elected Metro Council President, a position he held for one year.

According to his Web site, King's career as a Metro Councilman – particularly his seat on the Council's budget committee – enabled him to oversee many of the city's financial decisions for five consecutive years.

"In that connection, he led the fight to change the arena development agreement to save taxpayers as much as $200 million," his official bio states. "He stood up for our working families and passed a Fair Labor Standards Ordinance, and as a Metro Council President, Jim King established the first Government Accountability and Oversight Committee."

In an interview with Fox 41's Bennett Haeberle, King pointed to crime prevention as a key component of his platform.

"With respect to crime, in 2003 we had 3,100 violent crimes in our county," he recounted. "In 2008, the last year we have actual statistics, we had 4,300 violent crimes in our county. My concern with crime is that we need to address those violent crime issues and I think the things like specialized units for gangs and street crimes are the best ways to do that."

"That isn't a repudiation of Chief [Robert] White any more than it's a repudiation of one of my employees when I disagree with them," he added.

In an interview with Leo magazine, King dismissed the idea of raising taxes to deal with the city's budget shortfalls.

"I have no plans to raise taxes," King said in the interview. "I think the best way to deal with budget deficits is to grow our local economy. People are concerned about jobs, economic development and quality-of-life issues. If addressed, those will improve our economy here locally and will raise our tax base without raising taxes."

 

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