Green, Scott race headlines Metro Louisville primary races

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by WHAS11.com

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 20, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 21 at 8:22 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The Kentucky primary was a night for interesting races including those on the local level.

There was a big upset in District 1 where newcomer Jessica Green defeated incumbent Attica Scott for her Metro Council seat.

Green is the daughter of the former and late Metro Councilwoman Judy Green.

The council voted to remove Judy Green in 2011 after finding her guilty of an ethics violation.

Green passed away last year.

Jessica Green says she was running for office with a purpose.

“We said from the very beginning that we were not just running for the heck of it we were running to win. We knew that we had a platform and we knew that we had a heart for the people and I’m excited about the fact that the people have entrusted their hearts into me and their faith in me so I’m just humbled and ready to hit the ground running,” she said.

Jessica Green is an attorney and former prosecutor.

WHAS11 reached out to Attica Scott and phone calls were not returned.

In other races around the area, 3rd District Congressman John Yarmuth sails to victory over community activist Ray Pierce.

Yarmuth is in his fourth term and has been representing Louisville in Washington since 2007.

Longtime Jefferson County attorney Mike O’Connell was in a close race with Louisville attorney Karen Faulkner. She’s a fierce critic of O’Connell’s policies but was defeated by nearly 6,000 votes.

The race for Metro Council’s 9th District to replace the retiring Tina Ward Pugh looked like a field out of the Kentucky Derby. 13 Democrats were vying for the job.

Bill Hollander, the former manager partner of Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs Law Firm pulled out the victory beating closest challenger Chris Hartley by more than 400 votes.

Hollander, who was endorsed by Mayor Greg Fischer, faces Republican Laura Rice in November.

Incumbant Democrat Mary Woolridge beat controversial former Jefferson County Constable David Whitlock for the seat in Metro Council District three.

The Division 12 District Judge seat was a hotly contested race during the primary as former Judge Jim Green made a comeback. He defeated Eric Haner who was in the seat appointed by the Governor. Haner spent 6 figures on the campaign.

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