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Rick Blackwell is a charter member of the Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Council. He was re-elected in November 2008 and 2012 and represents the areas Pleasure Ridge Park, Riverport, and parts of Valley Station and Iroqouis.

Councilman Blackwell has served in a number of leadership roles on the council. He has been elected Caucus Chair and in 2007 was elected President of the Council. In 2011, he was selected as Chair of the Redistricting Committee to redistrict the 26 Metro Council district boundaries.

He is currently Chair of the Appropriations NDF’s CIF’s Committee. In 2012, he is serving as Chair of the Committee on Appointments. He is also a member of the following committees: Budget and Appointments.

He is particularly proud of his work with schools and youth in the district. Each month during the school year District 12 elementary and middle school students participate in Blackwell’s Bookworms, a program to encourage youth to read. He has helped install playgrounds at three elementary schools in the district and secured the funds for the renovation of Valley Sports Baseball/Softball Complex and helped add Challenger Field. He has also spearheaded the redevelopment of Riverview Park, which now includes a Splash park.

Councilman Blackwell also works diligently with local businesses and residents to attract development to our area. He is a member of the Southwest Dreamteam and spearheaded a development study for the Dixie Highway Corridor.

Councilman Blackwell does his utmost to stay in touch with the people of District 12. He hosts a District Dialogue each month. Each dialogue features a different agency of local government in addition to having representatives from MSD, Codes and Regulations, Louisville Metro Police Department, Department of Neighborhoods and Congressman Yarmuth’s Office. Councilman Blackwell also sends out newsletters a couple times a year in addition to enewsletters several times a month. Councilman Blackwell also provides an opportunity to discuss issues, questions and concerns with his Coffee With Your Councilman. These less structured events take place one Saturday a month at 10am at local coffee shops. Call his office at 574-1112 or visit us on Facebook for dates and locations.