Monday November 24, 2003
For Immediate Release
For Information Contact:
Jennifer F. Brislin
Patrick H. Neely
Louisville Metro Council President Ron Weston announced today he would not seek re-election for president at the end of his first term in January.
Weston, D-13, cited the numerous accomplishments of the council in its first year as the reason for wrapping up his tenure now.
"When I accepted the president's position, I made a commitment to help develop the structure for our new government," Weston said. "From the nuts and bolts decisions, such as overseeing renovations, to leading the body on serious issues that impact peoples' lives on a daily basis, I'm proud to say that we've accomplished that groundwork."
During his tenure, the council debated and passed many significant pieces of legislation, including adoption of a living wage provision and passage of Louisville Metro's first budget, which expanded funding for the Center for Women and Families, increased funding for libraries, and provided funding for community sports complexes. In addition, the council, under Weston, led the fight in opposing proliferation of adult entertainment businesses; repealed the telecommunications gross revenue fee; passed the largest economic development incentive package by local government, for Ford Motor Co.; highlighted the need for completion of the airport relocation program, making it the top priority on the local legislative agenda; revamped rules for charitable solicitation; and developed rules and policies which govern the body.
Weston said he had been urged by many members of the council to run for president again, but he wanted to turn over the reins to take advantage of others' expertise and enthusiasm.
"When I was elected in January, I believe the sentiment of the council was for a president's office that would be a one - term position, so there would be a constant infusion of new leadership," he said. "I agree with that sentiment. It's vital, as we continue to go through this transition, to involve as many people as possible in leadership positions."
The timing of his announcement allows council members to focus on the race before the holiday season, and begin making decisions regarding the election of the next president.
"There are several people in the majority caucus with the skills to lead this council." Weston said, "and I'm confident the person we'll elect will be able to continue our record of service to the community."
Ron Weston (D) 13