Louisville Metro Council District 4 | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Louisville Metro Council District 4

There are six candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for the District 4 Metro Council seat that is currently help by Barbara Sexton Smith, who is not seeking re-election. All responded to the KFTC candidate survey. A seventh candidate, Dennisha Rivers, will appear on the ballot but has withhdrawn from the race and votes for Rivers will not be counted.

No candidates from the Republican or other parties have filed for the seat, so the winner of the Democratic primary will fill the seat.

Ron Bolton

Political party: Democrat

Campaign website: http://bolton4council.com

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

Question 1:

What skills, values, and experiences will you bring to this position? What is your vision for Metro Louisville, and how will the lives of Louisvillians be improved as a result of your time in office?

I have been a neighborhood leader for a few years now. I am in my third year as President of the Schnitzelburg Area Community Council. My top priorities are managing thoughtful development in our nerighborhoods, minimizing displacment of residents through assistance with home improvements and tax abatement, and eliminating the food desert. The last grocery in the 4th District closed in October of 2018.

Adam Caperton

Political party: Democrat

Campaign website: http://adamcaperton.com

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

Question 1:

What skills, values, and experiences will you bring to this position? What is your vision for Metro Louisville, and how will the lives of Louisvillians be improved as a result of your time in office?

Before I became a realtor, I was a social worker focused on working with underserved communities. In that role, I learned firsthand how important building and sustaining communities is. I'm going to focus on four key priorities for District 4 and the city as a whole. These are: public safety, affordable housing, investment and growth and quality of life. If our streets are safe, while at the same time our underserved populations don't feel threatened by law enforcement, we can create a thriving community. That's because the next step would be to create the affordable housing that every citizen deserves so that families can grow in their own home. This will allow us to encourage growth of small community businesses and investment from larger businesses and corporations that can employ our people. Which leads to a flourishing, economically stable environment that provides a quality of life that we all seek. That means access to the arts, sports, education and parks for our kids, our seniors and the community as a whole.

Jecorey Arthur

Political party: Democrat

Campaign website: https://www.jecoreyarthur.com

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

Campaign Twitter: Twitter

Question 1:

What skills, values, and experiences will you bring to this position? What is your vision for Metro Louisville, and how will the lives of Louisvillians be improved as a result of your time in office?

My skills are in education, business, and organizing.

My values are in youth, justice, and localness.

I've served hundreds of schools, libraries, and community centers, teaching hundreds of thousands of children; composed music for percussion, orchestra, choir, theatre, film, television, radio, and studio albums, representing Louisville to an audience of half a million worldwide; and organized hundreds of community events, hiring thousands of local vendors, artists, and entertainers, while managing over $1,000,000 in funding.

My vision for Metro Louisville is a Louisville For All, where everyone has a job paying livable wages, affordable housing, zero concerns with safety, youth have opportunities, arts are integrated into our society, residents have access to fresh food, and everyone is included. The lives of Louisvillians will be improved when I dedicate myself to seeing this vision through.

Darryl Young

Political party: Democrat

Campaign website: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/darrylfor4

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

Campaign Twitter: Twitter

Question 1:

What skills, values, and experiences will you bring to this position? What is your vision for Metro Louisville, and how will the lives of Louisvillians be improved as a result of your time in office?

As someone who has served this city from the grassroots all the way up to City Hall, I have an intimate knowledge and understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities ahead of us. The 4th district is unique in that it contains a bit of everything that makes this city go. Our government sits in this district. Our downtown and business district are here. Historic neighborhoods from east to west are here. Some of the cities most prevalent initiatives are emanating from the fourth. I have worked with schools, churches, government, non profits and businesses to help move this city forward. Louisville will be better because I can work with ALL of Louisville, not just some. I know the power that happens when citizens feel listened to, heard and empowered to make a difference. I want to be their advocate, but also with them in the trenches and finding platforms that honor their voices and experiences.

Aletha Fields

Political party: Democrat

Campaign website: http://www.AlethaFields.com

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

Campaign Twitter: Twitter

Question 1:

What skills, values, and experiences will you bring to this position? What is your vision for Metro Louisville, and how will the lives of Louisvillians be improved as a result of your time in office?

I am a 21-year veteran JCPS teacher and Jefferson County Teachers Association member. I am the past 6-year co-coordinator of the Fairness Campaign in Louisville. I envision my district as a place where people can earn a living wage commensurate with real-time food, housing, and transportation costs. My district‘s citizens suffer disproportionately from food apartheid. We deserve fresh, healthy food at affordable costs in our own neighborhoods. District 4’s constituents also deserve quality, affordable housing that is built with environmentally sustainable measures. Finally, Possibility City is not a reality for all people in District 4. I will work for more opportunities for marginalized people to create and experience success—success that reflects the entire community, not just a privileged few.

Robert LeVertis Bell

Political party: Democrat

Campaign website: http://www.bell4louisville.com

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

Campaign Twitter: Twitter

Question 1:

What skills, values, and experiences will you bring to this position? What is your vision for Metro Louisville, and how will the lives of Louisvillians be improved as a result of your time in office?

I am a longtime community activist and organizer. From a young age, I learned activist work, organizing with members of the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression and the Southern Organizing Committee. Later, as a young adult I was involved in Brat Magazine and was the founding vice-president of the BRYCC House. I organized actively for years against organized racists and fascists throughout the South and Midwest. I went on to be active in many organizations including Citizens Against Police Abuse (CAPA) and the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). I have been an activist union member both as a graduate student (University of Michigan GEO) and now as a member of JCTA. In recent years, I’ve been especially active in DSA and in my neighborhood, serving as the vice-president of the Shelby Park Neighborhood Association from 2016-2019. I am an English teacher at a challenged public middle school, and, as a teacher activist have been active in the Red for Ed movement locally and nationally. I believe that, with my copious experience and my political will and vision, I can be a lever for transformative progressive change for the city of Louisville.