A total of 19 people applied to be appointed to Louisville Metro Council’s District 21 seat before the deadline expired Tuesday, one of which will soon be chosen by the council to serve in that position through the end of 2018.

The District 21 seat was vacated on Nov. 17 when Councilman Dan Johnson was removed from his position by a three-member panel of the council, which voted unanimously that Johnson had violated the terms of a settlement to avoid a Council Court trial to remove him over sexual harassment charges. Johnson may still attempt to challenge that action in Circuit Court, but the council will now move forward in appointing his replacement through the rest of the term that ends after the election next November.

Metro Council is legally required to fill this vacant position within 30 days of Johnson’s removal, and President David Yates just called for a special meeting of the council on Monday, Dec. 11 at 4 p.m. to interview the applicants. Any applications postmarked through the mail before Tuesday’s 5 p.m. deadline would be added to this list, and each applicant must still be reviewed by the Jefferson County Attorney’s office to ensure they meet the qualifications for the office, such as living in the district and being at least 18-years old.

According the Jefferson County Clerk’s office, as of Monday, District 21 had 16,512 registered voters, with over 61.4 percent registered as Democrats and 27.9 percent as Republicans. The district is mostly comprised of the Beechmont and Iroquois neighborhoods that are south of the Watterson, west of the airport and east of Iroquois Park.

The applicants for the appointment included three individuals who had already expressed an interest or intent to run for the District 21 seat in the election next year: Democrats Vitalis Lanshima and Nicole George, and Republican Bret Shultz.

Below is a rundown of the candidates who applied for the appointment, along with a brief description from their resumes submitted to the Council Clerk’s office.

Nikki Boyd is a health and wellness coordinator at Norton Children’s Hospital who previously worked as a health program specialist at JCPS. She graduated from UofL and received a master’s degree in public health from UK.

Christopher Brown did not reveal any vocational or educational experience in his application to the clerk’s office.

Scott Davis has been the producing director at The Alley Theater since 2009 and has bachelor’s from Florida State and California Institute of the Arts.

Greg Dearing has since 2003 been the general manager of 600 West Main Street LLC, a law office and leasing office, and he was also a Louisville firefighter throughout the 1970s and 1980s. He has a certificate of completion from UofL and UK.

Chase Gardner is a behavioral health associate at Norton Children’s Hospital and previously worked at Our Lady of Peace and Home of the Innocents.

Nicole George is a project manager at UofL and previously served as a social worker and supervisor at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. She received her master’s in social work at Spalding University, and officially filed to run as a candidate in next year’s District 21 race on Tuesday.

Glenda Granholm is an early childhood education instructor assistant at Butler Traditional High School, and has received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UofL.

Amanda Hay has been an interchange operations specialist at Bank of America Merchant Services since 2004, and has a bachelor’s degree in English from Morehead State University.

Michael Jupin is a service coordinator at South Oaks Senior Housing for Volunteers of America, and previously served as the executive director of South Louisville Community Ministries. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western Kentucky University.

Vitalis Lanshima is an adjunct professor at Bellarmine Univeristy, where he also received his bachelor’s degree, in addition to master’s degrees from Northcentral University and Georgetown College. He immigrated from Nigeria and set two world records at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Australia.

Mick Parsons is a freelance writer and image designer who previously worked as an adjunct instructor at UofL and JCTC. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English at Morehead State.

David Riggs is a 69-year old retiree who worked as an account manager at Bristol-Myers Squibb and Procter & Gamble, and currently works part time at Home Depot.

Rhett Sample has been a sergeant with the Shively Fire Department since 2007, and served for four years as its union president. He received his bachelor’s in business administration from Spalding University.

Jonathan Shane has worked at Humana for 11 years and received his bachelor’s in business management from the University of Maryland.

Bret Shultz works at Ford and was previously a compliance coordinator at FedEx Freight. He was also a professional horse trainer for 22 years.

Erich Shumake has served as a pastor at African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church since 1996 and was perviously a locomotive engineer from 1973 to 2000. He received a bachelor’s in workforce development from UofL in 2013. Shumake ran against Dan Johnson in the 2014 election and received 29 percent of the vote.

Patrick Smith is the co-founder of the City Collaborative nonprofit and member of the Civic Data Alliance, and currently serves as the coordinator of community partnership assessment at UofL. He has a bachelor’s in geography from UK and a master’s in urban planning from UofL.

Kristen Tipton is a regional manager of Southside Christian Child Care and was previously an analyst at Humana. She has a bachelor’s degree from UofL.

Yani Vozos recently became an adjunct professor at UofL’s Department of Urban and Public Affairs, where he was previously an academic adviser. He serves as the director and band leader of the Appalatin Music Ensemble and received a master’s in urban planning from UofL.

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Joe Sonka is a staff writer at Insider Louisville focusing on government, politics, education and public safety. He is a former news editor and staff writer at LEO Weekly and has also freelanced for The Nation and ThinkProgress. He has won first place awards from the Louisville Metro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in the categories of Health Reporting, Enterprise Reporting, Government/Politics, Minority/Women’s Affairs Reporting, Continuing Coverage and Best Blog. Email him at [email protected]


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