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West Louisville debate offers few answers from potential senate successors

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Candidates for a Louisville State Senate seat had the chance Thursday night to address the problems facing the west end.

However, most passed on that opportunity.

Long-time incumbent Gerald Neal was a no-show.  The only candidates who were there were his democratic challengers, Neal's former legislative aide Charles Booker and former Jefferson County Judge Toni Stringer.  

Stringer says Neal's absence is just the latest example of how he's fallen out of touch with his community.  

"The incumbent has been there for 27 years," she said. "And, I think it is a correct assumption that the only reason that anyone sees him now, on the occasions that he chooses to be seen, is because he does have opposition in this race."

Booker agrees it's time for new leadership in west Louisville.

"It's about how we really move forward," he said. "Because I have two little girls. One is 8 and the other turned four months yesterday. And, so, as a father, I'm thinking everyday, 'How do we build our future right now and cut through the politics?'"

There were high hopes that residents would leave having a much better idea of who should represent their community in Frankfort. Instead, organizers left disappointed and suspicious.

"They were able to make too many other debates, when those who were asking questions were not asking questions that were vital to the black community and the west Louisville community," said Clay Calloway with West Louisville First. "We feel that they needed to come and face the community that puts them in office."

Republicans Sherita Rickman and John Yuen are also running for the Dist 33 Senate seat.

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