After 20 people applied to fill the Metro Council vacancy created by the June 10 death of George Unseld, only 11 of those applicants remain. Those 11 will be interviewed by the Metro Council Tuesday afternoon, with the council due to vote for the new Council Member on Wednesday.
Louisville NAACP President Raoul Cunningham plans to deliver a letter to the council Tuesday afternoon, insisting that Unseld's replacement be black. Cunningham says an inherent promise of the merger of Louisville and Jefferson County was that at least six seats on the Metro Council would be filled by African-Americans. He tells WHAS11 News that the Council should not change the racial makeup of the body as a result of Unseld's death.
One of the leading applicants for the seat, however, is Fairness Campaign co-founder Ken Herndon, who narrowly lost to Unseld in the 2008 Democratic primary. The Fairness Campaign's Political Action Committee for Fairness and Individual Rights (CFAIR) has endorsed Herndon and says race should not be a factor in the decision.
According to the agenda for the Metro Council, two candidates have withdrawn from consideration, Angela Hollingsworth and Barney Sutton.
Seven others have been disqualified after the county attorney's office issued an opinion that they do not meet the residency requirement of living in District 6 for one year: Givannai Lusco, Carolyn Bowman, Mary Sullivan. Paula Johnston, Stephen Peterson, David James and Daniel Borsch.