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Colleagues, District 10 residents remember Jim King

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Members of the community that Jim King represented are remembering the late Louisville Metro Council President in their own ways. 

“It was really shocking to know that he had been sick and suddenly passed away,” said Rhonda Payne, who lived in District 10 for the past 12 years. 

King was re-elected just this past week for a fifth term as Metro Council President. King has missed a number of council meetings recently as his health declined. Many council members knew that King had been battling multiple myeloma since 2012. 

“He was a fierce advocate for the greater good of Louisville, and he often helped find common ground on issues of importance to our city,” Mayor Greg Fischer said in a statement. “He was a man focused on achieving positive results and a man of great determination, good humor and quick wit.”

For members of the district he represented, they will remember and miss the little things that King did for them. 

“I know Jim because of the newsletter that he sends out to all the residents of the district,” Payne said. “I even one time emailed Jim just to let him know how much I enjoyed the newsletter and found it very informative.”

Sure enough, 30 minutes later, Payne says she received an email back from Jim King, something she never expected. 

“When I had a response back late at night within 30 minutes, I was like, this is amazing."

Along with his service on Metro Council, King was the President of King Southern Bank and was also on the boards of the Arena Authority and The Kentucky Derby Festival. But the voters that elected him to office time and time again will remember him for other things. 

“It's shocking and it's sad and he is going to be missed in more ways and by more people than can even be expressed to his family,” Payne said. “For all the lives that he touched -- even someone like me, so minuscule, but enough.” 

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