Attica Scott loses, other incumbents coast to wins in Metro Council primaries
Daughter of late Judy Green, who departed council amid ethics charges, wins District 1 Democratic primary. Fischer-backed Bill Hollander takes crowded District 9 race.
Tuesday, May 20th 2014, 9:18 pm EDT by
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Four Metro Council incumbents cruised to victory in their primary elections Tuesday, but Attica Scott lost her race to the daughter of the council member she replaced three years ago.
Jessica Green beat Scott in the District 1 Democratic primary, taking 55 percent of the vote. Green has no Republican challenger in the November general election.
“I’m so excited,” Green said. “The people have spoken.”
Green, a former prosecutor, said she campaigned by walking the district -- an area of western and southwestern Louisville that includes the Chickasaw and Parkland neighborhoods – every day, returning to meet with some voters several times.
Her mother, Judy Green, represented District 1 until the council removed her from office in 2011 after finding that she violated city ethics rules. Scott was then elected to replace her and subsequently won an election to fill out the remainder of Green’s term in 2012.
that, if elected, she doesn’t “harbor any ill will” against any of the current council members who voted to oust her mother – a move that came days after she resigned.
“My mother has spoken, and she has gotten the last word,” she said.
Jessica Green attacked Scott, who had pushed a social-justice platform while in office, for her spending record and other issues – including Scott’s concerns over a proposed Walmart in western Louisville near District 1.
Scott, a college instructor and former coordinator with Kentucky Jobs with Justice, questioned spending city incentives to bring in the large retailer and noted how a Walmart in her district sits across the street from a strip mall where only five of 21 storefronts are in business.
But Green said the Walmart, which is expected to create jobs and help revitalize the area near District 1, was a “major issue” for residents of the area.
Scott held the fundraising edge heading into Tuesday’s vote. She banked $20,551, compared with $18,345 for Green, according to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.
In other Metro Council races:
Attorney Bill Hollander, who received Mayor Greg Fischer’s endorsement, emerged as the winner in the crowded District 9 Democratic primary. Hollander took 28 percent of the vote in a 13-candidate field for the seat held by retiring council member Tina Ward-Pugh.
Chris Hartley garnered 19 percent of the vote, while J.P. Davis, who raised more money than all other candidates, finished third with 11 percent.
Pugh had represented the district, which includes Crescent Hill and Clifton, since city and county governments merged in 2003.
Hollander will face Republican Laura Rice in the fall.
Angela Leet won the Republican primary for the seat being vacated by council member Ken Fleming, who is not seeking reelection. She had garnered 77 percent of the vote.
Challenger Shawn Slone, who previously ran unsuccessfully for and pulled out of state legislative offices, had received 23 percent of the vote.
Leet, who was making her first bid for elected office, will face Democrat Bruce Maples in the general election.
Fleming has represented the district – an area that covers St. Matthews, Lyndon and a number of small eastern Louisville cities – since merger.
Incumbent Mary Woolridge beat challenger David Whitlock in the Democratic primary for the district that includes the California and Algonquin neighborhoods and Shively. She will have no Republican opponent in the fall.
Woolridge was a member of the old Louisville Board of Aldermen before being elected to the inaugural Metro Council in 2002. Whitlock is perhaps best known as a former Jefferson County Constable who resigned in 2012 after pleading guilty to shooting a suspected shoplifter in a Walmart parking lot.
Woolridge took 83 percent of the vote, compared with Whitlock’s 17 percent.
Cheri Bryant Hamilton, who has served on the council since city and county governments merged, coasted past Keith Morgan in the Democratic race for the district that includes Portland and western Louisville neighborhoods bordered by Shawnee Park.
Hamilton received 65 percent of the vote. Morgan took 35 percent.
The winner will face Republican John Owen in November.
Marianne Butler, a Democrat who serves as the council’s budget chair, outpaced two opponents in the Democratic primary for her South Louisville district that spans the Churchill Downs and Iroquois Park areas.
Challengers Khalilah Collins and Blake Oliver were making their first bids for office. Butler, the daughter of the late Kentucky State Rep. Denver Butler, first won election to the council in 2006.
Butler took 65 percent of the vote, followed by 21 percent for Collins and 14 percent for Oliver.
Butler will have no Republican challenger in the fall.
Longtime incumbent Dan Johnson, a former Board of Aldermen member, beat Erich Shumake in his bid for re-election to the council district near Louisville International Airport.
Johnson received 71 percent of the vote. He doesn’t have a Republican opponent in the fall.
Johnson has served on the council since merger. Shumake was making his first run for public office.
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