Thursday January 8, 2004
For Immediate Release
For Information Contact:
Jennifer F. Brislin
Patrick H. Neely
Councilman Kelly Downard, R-16, announced today that he is running for Metro Council president. The vote will be held at the council’s organization session Thursday.
Downard made the announcement at today’s 4 p.m. Republican Caucus meeting and will be asking all council members for their support.
“I am asking every council member to evaluate my capacity to fairly and objectively administer the job of president in a way that always puts the good will of all our citizens first and foremost,” Downard said. “I believe my professional life indicates that I will, and I ask each of my colleagues for their support.”
Downard was first elected to public office as District 16 councilman for the new merged government, but has been active in the community for decades.
He is president and CEO of the Louisville Real Estate Development Co., which developed Park DuValle, a $500 million revitalization project between the public and private sector.
Downard also is former chairman of the Downtown Housing Fund and the Downtown Development Corp. In addition, he was president and CEO of Louisville Community Development Bank from April 1996 until April 2002.
His legislative accomplishments include leading efforts to boost services for victims of domestic violence -- $400,000 in increased funding was designated for The Center for Women and Families as well as the County Attorney’s Domestic Violence Unit. As a result, he received the 2003 Public Service Award from The Center for Women and Families.
Downard also helped spearhead efforts to increase library funding, co-sponsored the charitable solicitation ordinance and submitted a proposal to Planning and Design for a Scenic Corridor Plan and Small Area Study for the Wolf Pen Branch area.
He also is a member of Appropriations and Revenue, Metro Development, Committee on Committees and the Ad Hoc Smoking Committee as well as a presidential appointment to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Financial Advisory Board.
“I bring another dimension to the table – cooperation with all levels of government,” Downard said. “I have a strong relationship with our U.S. senators, our congresswoman and our governor. My ability to walk hand-in-hand with our mayor in the houses of the state legislature and governor’s office is a strong plus.”
Kelly Downard (R) 16