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Newspaper wants feedback on African American Metro Council members

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The city's only black-owned newspaper wants the public to give feedback about African Americans serving on Metro Council and in other offices.

The Louisville Defender Newspaper and some local radio shows are questioning whether it's time to change some of our politicians.

"So we felt we would do an on-air version of that same survey," says Rev. Calloway

Rev. Clay Calloway is co-host of The Saturday Morning Solutions on WLOU Radio.

"Our main concern is the western part of the city and western Louisville," says Calloway.

Last weekend, the show followed the defender's lead-in, calling out all of the city's black elected officials.

"And we felt that it was appropriate to at least ask the question so that the citizens will know just how they feel about the elected officials' performance," Calloway says.

"I have nothing to hide from anybody about anything that I am doing here in the community," says David James.

Metro Councilman David James represents part of west Louisville on Metro Council; on Tuesday, he was one of several council members on hand to celebrate the promotion of a well known police officer and he doesn't mind the defender's survey.

"Ask me what I'm doing about economic development, ask me what am I doing about crime, ask me what am I doing about all those types of things and I have an answer for you," says James.

The paper asks readers to grade politicians in several areas including efforts to improve education and reduce crime.

"It surprised me because from what I understand and what I see talking to folks in the neighborhood, they feel like, we as black elected officials, are representing their issues and concerns and we're serving our neighborhoods to the best of our ability."

"That's what our local media should do...they should be a tool that holds us as elected officials accountable and that's part of what's happening here," says Attica Scott.

Councilwoman Attica Scott was surprised by the survey but like James, says she has nothing to hide.

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