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Councilman David James elected 2013 Majority Leader, Welch wins Vice-Chair of Democratic Caucus

Monday January 7, 2013

For Immediate release:
Democratic Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622

Louisville – Today, members of the Democratic Caucus unanimously selected Councilman David James (D- 6) to serve as Majority Leader and Caucus Chair for 2013. The Caucus also selected Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) to serve as Vice-Chair.

“I want to thank the Democratic Caucus for selecting me as Majority Leader for the Metro Council.” said James. “We have important work ahead of us on a variety of issues and I’m confident that a unified Democratic Caucus will work in a progressive fashion to make Louisville a better community for all of its residents. With an improving economy and the goal of making Metro Louisville a safer and more viable place to live, we are ready to move our city forward.”

James was elected to the Metro Council in 2010 and was re-elected to a new four year term in 2012. He represents historic Old Louisville and the California and South Central Louisville neighborhood areas.

In 2012, James chaired the Council’s Public Safety Committee where he successfully led efforts to tighten scrap metal theft laws and establish a “No More Red Dots” campaign to decrease gun violence throughout Louisville.

Vicki Welch represents a large area of South Louisville spanning from Valley Station to Okolona including Auburndale, Fairdale, Yorktown and the Jefferson Memorial Forest, the largest urban forest in the USA. She was elected to the Metro Council in 2006 and was re-elected to a four year term in 2010.

In 2012, she chaired the Council’s Health, Education and Housing Committee. She successfully led a community-wide effort to regulate for-profit and non-profit donation bins that became a major public health and safety concern for several areas in Metro Louisville.

“I look forward to working with the new Majority Leader on the issues that face us in the coming year,” said Welch. “The Democratic Caucus and Metro Council continue to find realistic solutions to problems and enact programs for a better quality of life for our citizens.”

Sponsors:
David james (D) 6
Vicki Aubrey Welch (D) 13