Friday January 7, 2005
For Immediate Release
For Information Contact:
Jennifer F. Brislin
Patrick H. Neely
Second District Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin will seek the presidency of the Louisville Metro Council when it meets at 6 p.m. Monday to elect its top leadership position.
Dr. Shanklin, who currently serves as chairwoman of the Democratic Caucus, said she is honored to have the support of her caucus as she seeks the new role. But she said she is seeking bipartisan support for her candidacy, based on the strong working relationships she's developed with members of both parties over the past two years.
"I think my leadership over the past year has shown that I am committed to working for the best interests of the entire community and the entire council," Shanklin said.
Council members lauded Shanklin's ability to lead the council.
"The guidance we've seen from Councilwoman Shanklin this year clearly shows she's a consensus builder who will bring all parties to the table in important decisions," said Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton, D-5.
Councilman Ron Weston, D-13, noted that Shanklin's district is the most centrally located, giving her a unique perspective on the concerns of all Louisville Metro.
"In the first two years of our new government, we had leadership from the far southwestern part of our community and from its far eastern reaches," Weston said. "Councilwoman Shanklin's central location brings the advantage of representing both urban and suburban interests, giving her the ability to understand a wide range of issues."
Shanklin's Metro Council seat was her first elected role, but she has been active in the community and in educational endeavors for many years. She initiated and continues to teach GED classes in Newburg; served as a Junior Achievement leader; organized and chairs the annual Newburg Days Festival; served as a neighborhood block watch captain; and serves on a number of other community organizations.
"Even though Councilwoman Shanklin represents one of the most diverse districts, stretching from Bardstown Road to I-65, she received overwhelming support from her constituents, winning re-election with 76 percent of the vote," said Councilman Tom Owen, D-8 and vice chairman of the Democratic Caucus. "Clearly, she is a listener and consensus builder who can fairly and efficiently represent a wide range of interests."
She holds an Ed. D. from Spalding University; a Master's Degree in training and communications from Webster University; a Bachelor's Degree in business from McKendree University; and an Associate Degree in computer programming from Watterson College. She also attended Central High School.
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