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New political group planning west Louisville version of Fancy Farm

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Are people who live in west Louisville getting the most bang for the buck at the ballot box?

There's a new effort to make sure west end voters do get heard.

The group is called the West Louisville Political Forum. Its leaders are planning to make candidates pay attention to west Louisville by staging a Fancy Farm with an urban beat.

Fancy Farm is Kentucky's premiere political event. Anyone serious about running for office knows he or she must show up there.

Now imagine a Fancy Farm not in western Kentucky but in West Louisville. That's one of the goals of the new coalition.

"We plan to hold our own political festival in west Louisville where we plan to invite everyone planning to run for governor, and everything below that," said Devone Holt, one of the founders of the West Louisville Political Forum.

Holt hosts a weekly talk show from the WLOU radio studios at 20th and Broadway, and that's what spawned this new effort to draw political attention to the west end.

"After this last political cycle it became very evident that unless we put out foot down, that our interests would not be heard," he said.

For example, Holt believes one reason Alison Lundergan Grimes lost the U.S. Senate race, was her failure to address issues important to west end voters.

"Education, workforce, crime, those are issues that are important to us that, unfortunately, have flown below the radar screen in too many instances," said Holt.

"Voters in West Louisville were being ignored," agreed Clay Calloway, who leads the West Louisville Ministers Coalition.

Just as Fancy Farm is the product of one Catholic church in western Kentucky, he believes West Louisville churches will support this attempt to create an urban version.

"Invite them to come. But if they don't come, they regret for not having done so," Calloway said.

Holt says churches, organizations and businesses representing some 20,000 people have already signed on.

"This is our way, now, of recognizing that our vote has power ... and we don't plan to give it away. We want to make those politicians earn it," he said.

The group is planning its first event for sometime next April, right before the May primary.

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