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LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) -- The Louisville Metro Council has found its replacement for the ousted Judy Green. Attica Scott will now represent the city's first district. She beat out the twelve other candidates who were vying to fill Green's seat.
Scott received a standing ovation after securing enough votes Thursday. She won handily. Despite the large field, Scott received votes from 18 of the 25 council members. She starts work immediately, and fills the void left by Judy Green. Green was removed from office last month after an ethics commission determined that she mismanaged taxpayer money.
Scott says she's well aware that, considering what happened to her predecessor, she's joining the council under difficult circumstances. Still, she says she welcomes the challenge.
"I definitely feel the need to live up to higher expectations," she said. "The people of district one are going to look at me with closer scrutiny than anyone who has represented the district, and I'm ready for that."
Scott's appointment didn't come without some controversy. Councilwoman Mary Woolridge accused the council of appointing her after holding "backdoor meetings," and called the entire process unfair to the other candidates.
Regardless, Scott has been sworn in, and says she wants to focus first on getting in touch with first district residents. She's planning a series of meetings to introduce herself, and listen to the concerns of her constituents.