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Four candidates file to run for David Tandy's seat on Metro Council

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A college student and a well known business woman are two of the people vying for a seat on Metro Council, but late Tuesday, two more candidates filed to run for David Tandy's seat. 

As WDRB News has learned, the candidates may come as a surprise to people who live in the 4th district.

Metro Council's 4th district is mostly in west Louisville and mostly black; two of the people who want to represent the area are not, but both say they are more than qualified to serve the area.

"My mother was born in Fighting Holler in Eastern Kentucky, she was orphaned and because of that, I am fighting for you, I am fighting for everybody," said Barbara Sexton-Smith, Democratic Candidate for Metro Council.

Sexton-Smith certainly doesn't look like  what she has been through in life.

"I was born and raised over in Camp Taylor, and I was on the free and reduced breakfast and lunch program, so I am an at risk kid," she said.

But Sexton-Smith went from "at risk" to President and CEO of Fund For The Arts.

"I really wanted to rewire and do something different with my life," said Sexton-Smith.

Sexton-Smith recently retired and now wants to represent the 4th district on Metro Council. The district includes West Louisville, Russell, Downtown, Shelby Park and Smoketown.

"We live here in the district, obviously, we live at Seventh and Main, but my home church is St. Stephen Church at 15th and Kentucky."

Sexton-Smith is also a longtime board member of historically black Simmons College of Kentucky.

"I am hoping to help everybody have an opportunity to have a better life and if that starts with education, then we want them coming to Simmons College of Kentucky," Sexton-Smith said.

Meanwhile, another person running for the seat is also no stranger to the 4th district.

"I used to work for councilman David Tandy," said Bryan Burns, Democratic Candidate for Metro Council.

Burns not only worked for Councilman Tandy, he even filed to run before the former Council President announced he would not seek re-election.

"It was an extremely tough decision, and I reached out to councilman David Tandy's office and I told him, you know, I respect what you've done for the community," Burns explained.

Burns is a single father and PhD candidate; he said safety is a top priority.

"Our children, they need more opportunities, adults need jobs, kids need after school programs and violence makes it hard to thrive."

Burns stressed he thinks David Tandy is an excellent leader, but says his decision to run is based on reducing the crime.

Two other candidates had filed to run for the seat by the end of the day Tuesday. Both Aletha Fields and Marshal "Marty" Gazaway are democratic candidates. We have not been able to reach either for comment.

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