LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Democrats picked up two seats on Louisville’s Metro Council Tuesday, including one held by a Republican elected to the inaugural body in 2002.
Democrat Paula McCraney captured the 7th District seat that Republican mayoral candidate Angela Leet is vacating, while incumbent Glen Stuckel lost his bid for reelection in eastern Louisville’s 17th District.
With all precincts reporting, Democrat Markus Winkler had garnered 55 percent of the vote. Stuckel had 45 percent.
Stuckel said he was “very disappointed” and credited his loss to several factors, including some residents of the district blaming him for an apartment complex on Westport Road. But he said he was pleased with his overall record.
“My fingerprints are all over that district--playgrounds, parks, you name it ... paving sidewalks. I've done it,” he said.
The council Democrats increased their majority and now have 19 of the body's 26 members, up from 17.
The council’s odd-numbered districts were on the ballot:
Democrat Jessica Green kept her western Louisville seat, which includes portions of the Russell, California and Chickasaw neighborhoods. Green, who was first elected to the council in 2014, had no general election opponent.
Keisha Dorsey, a Democrat, faced no GOP challenger for the seat that includes the city of Shively and parts of the Algonquin, Park DuValle, Parkland and Park Hill neighborhoods. Dorsey will succeed Mary Woolridge, one of the council’s original members, who is retiring.
Democrat Donna Purvis, who ousted incumbent Cheri Bryant Hamilton in the primary, defeated Republican John Owen for the seat that takes in Portland and Shawnee neighborhoods. She took 91 percent of the vote.
Leet will be vacating the eastern Jefferson County seat following her bid for Metro Louisville mayor. McCraney beat Republican challenger Kent Hall 54-46%.
Incumbent Bill Hollander, a Democrat, faced no Republican challenger for the seat covering Crescent Hill and nearby neighborhoods.
Kevin Kramer, the Republican incumbent held off Democratic challenger Derek Trent Ashcraft. Kramer took 53 percent of the vote.
Democrat Mark Fox edged out an apparent 60 vote victory over Republican Jennifer Alexander. Vicki Aubrey Welch, a Democrat who has served on the council since 2006, is not seeking another term.
The seat to represent the South End district opened when Council member Marianne Butler decided not to seek reelection. Kevin Triplett, a longtime council legislative aide, garnered 74 percent of the vote, to 26 percent for GOP rival Richard O. Brown.
Incumbent Stuckel lost to Winkler.
The eastern Jefferson County seat opened when Council member Julie Denton, a Republican, chose not to run again. Republican Anthony Piagentini took 57 percent of the vote, compared with 43 percent for Democrat William Ackerman III.
In a district rife with drama in recent years, Democrat Nicole George easily defeated Republican Bret Schultz, taking 70 percent of the vote.
George defeated incumbent Vitalis Lanshima, who replaced embattled council member Dan Johnson. Johnson was removed from the council amid a sexual harassment scandal. Council members voted last month to ask Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear to investigate whether Lanshima can legally serve on the body because he is running for office in Nigeria.
James Peden, the GOP incumbent, keeps his seat. He faced no challenger.
Incumbent Democrat David Yates took 61 percent of the vote against GOP challenger Harold Henley Jr.
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