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Louisville Metro Council includes new faces for the new year

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The new year brings a new look to Louisville's Metro Council.

There are four new faces on the council: two Democrats and two Republicans. They include the daughter of a former council member, and a former state senator.

"It's really exciting. I think it will be nice to work in a place that appears to be less partisan than Frankfort," said Julie Denton, who now represents Dist. 19 on the council.

Friday was move-in day for Denton, who takes her seat on Metro Council after 20 years as a state senator. She believes Metro Hall will be a more satisfying place to work than the Capitol.

"There's only one chamber. There's not two chambers to work with. So, I think it's a very less stressful and more reasonable process to get things done without games being played, and that really appeals to me," said Denton.

Denton says her new job places her much closer to the people she serves.

"I just think it's going to be so wonderful to be dealing with people on a personal basis, up close, seeing the results of what you do. You don't always get to see that at the state level," she said.

Across the aisle, Jessica Green takes over the 1st District Metro Council seat once held by her late mother, Judy Green.

"My mother is somewhere sitting up there and just looking down and saying, 'I'm proud of my baby.' And so I'm so excited to pick up the baton and continue to run," said Green.

Green says she will have no problem working with some of the same council members who voted to oust her mother in 2011 for ethics violations.

"No matter how anybody felt about my mother, I'm Jessica, and I'm here to work for the people of District 1," she said.

Though Green is a Democrat and Denton a Republican, they both say they have the same priorities - public safety and economic development. They promise to work beyond party labels to achieve them.

"I may be a Republican, but I think first and foremost, we're here to serve the people and not play partisan politics," said Denton

"I'm coming in with an open heart, and I want to reach across the aisle and work with anybody, Democrat, Republican, black, white," said Green.

The council will be officially sworn in on Monday, followed by the first meeting of the new year.

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