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Hollowell elected by Metro Council to District 6 Seat

Thursday July 1, 2010

For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
              Stephen Haag 574-1204/ 645-1752

Dr. Deonte Hollowell, a professor of Pan African Studies at the University of Louisville has been elected to fill the vacant District 6 seat on the Louisville Metro Council. He won the seat by a vote of 17 to 7 of the Metro Council on Thursday night.

“I would like to thank God and the Metro Council for giving me this opportunity,” said Hollowell. “I look forward to working with everyone in the Sixth District and building good relationships to move the District forward.”

Dr. Hollowell is the first Independent candidate to serve on the Metro Council. He was offered as a compromise candidate by Councilwoman Judith Green (D-1) when a stalemate developed in the voting process between Neeka Parks Thompson and Ken Herndon. He was elected on the 34th ballot by Council members.

“We were at an impasse and we had two choices to compromise or let the Mayor appoint the position and we felt it was our duty to reach a consensus,” said Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D-24), who is Majority Leader. “I welcome Dr. Hollowell to the Council.”

“We continue to grow as a Council,” said Councilman Hal Heiner (R-19) Chairman of the Minority Caucus. “We were faced with a difficult challenge and we worked together to the benefit of the people of District 6.

Dr. Hollowell fills the term of the late George Unseld through the November elections. He and other candidate will have to run and win a special election in November to fulfill the unexpired term of Unseld.

He took the oath of office administered by Jefferson Circuit Judge Barry Willett and has officially assumed the duties of Metro Councilman.

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