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David Tandy unanimously elected Metro Council president in special vote

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The Democratic Caucus gathered before the meeting to discuss supporting David Tandy prior to Metro Council vote on Thursday Jan. 22, 2015. The Democratic Caucus gathered before the meeting to discuss supporting David Tandy prior to Metro Council vote on Thursday Jan. 22, 2015.
David Tandy sits in the Metro Council President's chair after the special election. David Tandy sits in the Metro Council President's chair after the special election.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Councilman David Tandy was unanimously elected Metro Council president Thursday. 

The special vote was held in the wake of former Council president Jim King's death.

The meeting began with a resolution honoring 63-year-old Jim King who died last Wednesday after a two-year battle with cancer. Following the acceptance of the resolution, Metro Council honored King's family with several gifts of remembrance. Including in those gifts was a signed and framed version of the resolution as well as the flag that flew at half-staff above City Hall following King's death.   

Following the ceremony, Louisville Metro Council unanimously voted in District 4 councilman David Tandy

"It is with great humility and a heavy heart that I sit in this seat and accept the mantle of leadership my colleagues on the Metro Council have placed in my care," said Tandy, "If allowed I would greatly trade this moment to have our friend, President King, here with us this evening-in good health-presiding over this meeting."

Several Council members spoke up prior to the vote noting what a gaping void Tandy has to fill with the death of Jim King. But Tandy remained that King's influence will remain on Metro Council.

"I recognize that with all that we have been through as a Council and as a community these past few days, the initial road ahead of us looks rough," said Tandy, "But I am excited about what the future holds for us."

President pro-tem David James had stepped in temporarily as council president.

Today is also the deadline to submit an application for the District 10 seat, which will be filled temporarily until November elections. That person will be selected by Feb. 13

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