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Metro Council Districts 7 and 9 candidates tout their experience and goals

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Several Metro Council seats are up for grabs on Election Day. In total, there are 13 Metro Council races and seven are uncontested.

Democrat Bill Hollander has been placing his signs off Frankfort Avenue. He is hoping to win the District 9 Metro Council seat vacated by retiring councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh. The district covers areas including Crescent Hill and Clifton. He wants to see more sidewalks built so homeowners can easily to get to businesses and parks.

Hollander said, "I've been working in District 9 in volunteer work for about 28 years. I've led the largest neighborhood organization in the district. I led the capital campaign for the biggest social services organization in the district and I've been active at the library."

Hollander is running against Republican Laura Rice who is an attorney and realtor. She says she's qualified because she knows the kinds of issues people face everyday. She's also concerned about the ethical violations that have plagued Metro Council in recent years.

Rice said, "Being both a licensed attorney and licensed Realtor, I have to follow a professional code of conduct and I'm a firm believer that we probably need to revise our rules on Metro Council to make sure we're not seeing these types of ethical violations in the future."

This is one of two Metro Council races that will have newcomers once elected.

Angela Leet is a Republican candidate for Metro Council District 7 which covers St. Matthews, Lyndon and a number of small East end cities. Council member Ken Fleming is not seeking reelection.

Leet owns a construction management company and property development company. She says speeding on long streets and traffic congestion are big issues, along with public safety and the quality of education.

Leet said what sets her apart from her opponent is "All the qualifications. I've been out working in the district. I've been attending their festivals, Operation Brightside cleanups, East Area Community Ministry Outreach."

Leet is running against Democrat Bruce Maples. He says he's knocked on over 6000 doors since March. Maples is an IT manager. 

He says his priorities are finding more and better jobs, getting more serious about infrastructure, and moving to the forefront in sustainability and urban planning.

Maples said, "I have met with Mayors and City Councils and Police Chiefs, Fire Chiefs and small businesses owners across the district. I think I know the issues much better and I'm ready to serve from day one."

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