LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- A surprise political alliance formed in the race to represent District 1 on the Metro Council was sparked after Jessica Green filed her papers with the help of Ray Barker, a former candidate himself.
Barker filed a complaint that led to Green’s mother, former Councilwoman Judy Green, to be removed from her District 1 seat.
“I’ve gotten a lot of phone calls and a lot of attention so quickly,” Barker said. “But if they knew the candidate Jessica Green, they wouldn’t be surprised at all.”
Barker led the push to investigate Green for misusing city money back in 2011.
“That is issue is dead, and long gone, and buried,” he said. “We’re gonna leave the past in the past.”
Barker respected Green, and considered her a friend. He gives two simple reasons for wanting to get another Green to represent District 1.
“She’s the best candidate, and she asked for my support,” he said.
"In terms of the issue of forgiveness, and in terms of bridging the gap, I think that speaks a lot and says a lot about the work that my mother did,” Jessica Green, (D) candidate for District 1. “And the work that he knows I can continue doing."
Green does not want to run on her last name.
"The bottomline is I'm running as Jessica Green,” she said. “I'm not running as Judy Green. I think that people know my mother, but know the work that I've done… how passionate I am about all of the issues that affect all of the people in this district."
District One’s current representative Councilwoman Attica Scott, (D), thinks Barker’s move is what we should expect in the political process, and welcomes the competition.
“That's what you should do,” Scott said. “You should realize that it's time to move forward because that's what is in the best interest for our neighbors.”
Barker would not discuss if any particular issues drew him to Green. He wants to leave the policy talk to the candidates.