Louisville Metro Council District 8 | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Louisville Metro Council District 8

Shawn Reilly, Cassie Chambers Armstrong and Daniel Borsch and running in the Democratic primary to succeed Brandon Coan for the District 8 Metro Council seat. Coan is not running for re-election.

Reilly, Chambers Armstrong and Borsch completed the KFTC candidate survey.

No Republican or third party candidates filed for this seat, so the Democratic primary winner will be the new council member after the November election.

Map of District 8

Cassie Chambers Armstrong

Political party: Democrat

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

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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’ve spent my life advocating for policies to make my community stronger. I started my career at Legal Aid, representing low-income domestic violence survivors who couldn’t afford an attorney. In that role, I learned what it means to make bureaucracy work for people, and how to answer your cell phone in the middle of the night because someone has a problem that it’s your responsibility to solve. I know what an honor it is for someone to trust you to be their voice in a process.

I’ve also advocated for change at a systemic level. I’ve worked in numerous policy environments, including in the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.K. Parliament, and the Kentucky General Assembly. I helped pass Jeanette’s Law--which made it so that domestic violence survivors no longer had to pay the legal fees of their incarcerated spouses. I’ve worked on legal cases to ensure low-income Kentuckians have equal access to expungements.

I want to use my experience in advocacy and policy to make District 8 clean, green, safe, vibrant, and inclusive. As a Metro Councilwoman, I will focus on things like increased walkability, public space recycling, and community-driven development. I believe our district can be a model and a resource for the rest of the city as we confront systemic issues like disparities and poverty.

Dan Borsch

Political party: Democrat

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 long time resident of the Highlands and a proud fifth generation Louisvillian. My experience as a small business owner, running several neighborhood restaurants in multiple neighborhoods throughout Louisville including the Burger Boy Diner and Hillcrest Tavern, has shown me what happens when we make real investments in our community. 

As an advocate for a more transparent government I’ve served in various oversite capacities in Louisville Metro government, including on the Urban Services Oversite Board and the Landbank Authority, ensuring out citdy’s residents are receiving the services they deserve.

I also believe my background in Democratic politics, including as campaign manager for Congressman John Yarmuth’s first campaign and Vice President of the Louisville Metro Democratic Club, has taught me the importance of cooperation and coalition building that are too rare in our city’s government.

My hope is by serving on Metro Council I could be part of a new group of voices who think ahead, prepare for the very real challenges we face and help place our community in a better position to succeed. 

Shawn Reilly

Political party: Democrat

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

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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’m a neighborhood guy who cares a lot about this community. I’ve never been a politician, but now I am running for Metro Council. I plan to be a neighborhood champion, and I’m ready to work so I can make a difference in our district.

I’m a homegrown Louisvillian, husband, father, small business owner, President of the Tyler Park Neighborhood Association and active community organizer. I’m a graduate of the University of Louisville and Trinity High School and more recently, a graduate of the Center for Neighborhoods’ Neighborhood Institute.

For more than ten years, I’ve served on neighborhood boards in the Highlands where I’ve worked to introduce a recycling program, launched a campaign to save the Tyler Park tennis courts from demolition and organized numerous park and alley cleanups. I’m also a founding member of B.I.G, (Bardstown Road Improvement Group) leading a citizens’ team in improving Bardstown Road through innovative actions and practical solutions.

My goals for District 8 first and foremost are public safety, followed closely by quality delivery of basic services like garbage pickup, recycling, filling pot holes for all residents.

I want to build a strong network of neighborhoods where each one supports and enhances the great work going on across the district, such as tree planting projects, neighborhood festivals and improving our parks. I also want to implement the Bardstown Rd Safety Plan and create a citizen-driven blueprint for the Bardstown Rd of tomorrow that will revitalize the corridor.

I am a champion of neighborhoods.I believe neighborhoods are the heart and soul of a community.

Louisville should focus on its core neighborhoods - those neighborhoods within the old city limits. In too many instances they have suffered decades of decline and neglect. We should be supporting them with greater attention and responding aggressively to their concerns. Investing in existing infrastructure and providing the best services possible will reap huge benefits for the citizens of Louisville.