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Metro Councilman Ken Fleming to leave Metro Council at end of term

Wednesday January 22, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      
MEDIA CONTACT:      STEPHEN HAAG
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Louisville, KY – Louisville Metro Councilman Ken Fleming (District 7) announced today that he would conclude his service on the Metro Council at the end of his current term and will not seek election in 2014.  The following is a statement from Councilman Ken Fleming:

“I am deeply honored the residents of District 7 chose me three times to represent them on the Louisville Metro Council. After considerable thought, however, I have decided to not seek re-election next year so I can focus on my family and the Kilgore Counseling Center. My interest in public policy remains strong, I plan to remain engaged and keep my options open for future office. The past eleven years has been a wonderful experience in working to make Louisville a better place to live. While we have made great strides, we must work hard to enhance the community’s competitiveness in our regional and global economy through economic development and education initiative.”

“Over the past eleven years I have worked hard to improve transparency and ethics in local government, highlighting our need to be more economically competitive, and to improve opportunities for businesses and job creators to grow within our city. Working with the many suburban city Mayors, neighborhood leaders and countless staff within Metro Government, we have made improvements in some of our busiest roads, revitalized an old strip mall into a shopping destination and improved our parks system. In the coming year, I will seek to close out our work on quiet zones in the area, conclude a number of road and park projects and continue the discussion on a Local Option Sales Tax.”

About Councilman Ken Fleming:
Councilman Ken Fleming was elected to the first Louisville Metro Council in 2002, and has served in numerous leadership positions, including Chair of the Minority Caucus (3 years) and chair of various Metro Council committees. During his time on the Metro Council, Fleming lead efforts to reform Metro Government’s code of ethics, fought to improve woman and minority participation, as well as spearheaded efforts to change our contracting policies. Fleming was one of the main supporters of LouisvilleCheckbook.com and other practices that have made it easier for the people of this community to find out how government is spending their tax dollars. Council Fleming was one of the first members of the Metro Council to post of all office and discretionary spending online and to utilize an electronic newsletter. Councilman Fleming has been a strong advocate for the Volunteers of America and Healing Place, and was a leader in the push for a comprehensive smoking ban.

Within District 7, Councilman Fleming focused much of his time on making capital improvements to the district. These improvements included work supportive of the conversion of the old Camelot Shopping Center into Westport Village, the opening of the Watterson Expressway interchange at Westport Road, St. Matthews and City of Lyndon streetscapes, and City of Windy Hills sidewalk. He has been involved in the new Watterson Expressway and Brownsboro road interchanges and the exploration of widening Hubbards Lane. Councilman Fleming has partnered with many of his suburban cities to improve parks and roads, such as Warwick Park in St. Matthews, worked towards installing train quiet zones and addressing traffic congestion at some of Louisville’s busiest intersections. Councilman Fleming’s term in office will conclude on Sunday, January 4, 2015.

Sponsor:   Ken Fleming (R)  7