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Daughter of late councilwoman Judy Green running for mother's seat

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A daughter of late Metro councilwoman Judy Green wants to win her mother's former seat.

Attorney Jessica Green has filed as a Democrat to challenge current first district Metro councilwoman Attica Scott in the May primary.

Scott was appointed in 2011 after the council removed Judy Green for ethics violations.
Green died in January 2013.

"It's been something that I have thought about for a while," says Jessica Green, Metro Council Democratic Candidate.

This week, Green became a candidate.  But it is the same council that voted to remove her mother from office, that's even after she had already resigned.

WDRB's Stephan Johnson asked, "What about the members of metro council who voted to remove your mother from office, even after she resigned? How are you going to work with those people?"  

Green responded, "I don't have any issues or harbor any ill feelings towards anybody who is currently on Metro Council so I am looking forward to working with everyone there when I take the seat next year."

Judy Green resigned from office in 2011 after an ethics complaint was filed by one of her political rivals. He claimed she mismanaged money meant for a summer jobs program.

"He and my mother sat down and talked before her death," said Jessica Green.

Ironically, that same man, Ray Barker, is now supporting Green's daughter.

Johnson asked: "This is the guy who got the ball rolling, aren't you angry with him?" and Green replied: "No, I am not angry, you can't change the past.  The only thing that you can do is move towards the future."

"What I found in talking to Jessica is that she is about putting the community back together, she's about unity and when she approached me she approached me with that spirit," said Ray Barker, who is supporting Green.

Meanwhile, First District councilwoman Scott says this did not come as a surprise. Scott explains, "No, because it's sweet, she wants to serve in the seat that her mother served in. It's kind of sweet and it's a little bit bitter sweet as well."

Green is a former prosecutor and says she wants to tackle a wide range of issue if she's elected.  "One of the main issues for me are crime, housing, economic development, the environment, the spending of our taxes and education."

Since no Republican has filed, the winner of the primary likely will win a full term for the seat, which covers parts of the west end.

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