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Metro Council receives clarification on election process for District 6 replacement

Wednesday June 16, 2010

For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

At the request of the Louisville Metro Council, the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office has clarified the election process for whoever is selected to replace Councilman George Unseld. The replacement will have to run in the general election in November of 2010.

The Jefferson County Attorney’s office cites the Commonwealth’s Constitution as the basis for the clarification.

“The policy of government as declared in Section 152 of the Kentucky Constitution is that a vacancy in an elective office shall be filled by the voters as soon as it may be done conveniently and without great expense,” says the opinion.

Last Friday, the District 6 seat was declared vacant by the untimely death of George Unseld. Mr. Unseld had a little more than two years left in his term. Under Metro Council rules, those interested in applying for the vacancy have seven days to send in a resume to the Metro Council Clerk. The deadline for that portion of the process is this Friday at 5:00pm.

Within 30 days of the seat being declared vacant, the Metro Council must review the applications and interview candidates. The Council has until July 11th to select an appointment. If the Council does not act, then the Mayor makes the appointment.

“I appreciate this clarification from the County Attorney,” says Metro Council President Tom Owen (D-8).”This vacancy is a difficult challenge for the Council, when you consider the circumstances on how it was created. The Council will fulfill its responsibility because it is important that the people of District 6 have continued representation.”

Tom Owen (D) 8