LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – There's a new leader of District 1. Thirteen people interviewed for the position after Dr. Judy Green was found guilty of ethics violations and resigned. While many council members mentioned they wished this vote was in the people's hands, a decision was made and Attica Scott will represent the first district for the next year.
"When she did not have to be she felt the calling long before public service and with great pride, I nominate Attica Scott," said Brent Ackerman, District 26 councilman.
Two people were nominated by Louisville Metro council members Thursday night, Attica Scott and Courtney Phelps, with a vote of 18 to 7, Scott was sworn in to take over the district one seat.
It's a seat left vacant following Green's removal and resignation. This summer she was found in violation in two separate ethics cases.
This vote did not come without its own controversy. Before District 3 Councilwoman Mary Woolridge nominated Phelps, she made it known she thought the process was tainted.
"There were back door meetings before this process even started, before we even received your resumes, before we interviewed you, a person was chosen, a person was selected and I know this for a fact," said Woolridge.
Some council members weren't exactly sure where that came from. "I don't get invited to the backroom very often, I guess because I wasn't there," said Kelly Downard, District 16 councilman.
"There's no dealing as far as I know of either," said Rick Blackwell, District 12 councilman.
With that aside, Scott says she is ready to get started. Working for Kentucky Jobs with Justice, she's no stranger to getting out in the community to fight for what she believes in.
"I am feeling elated and I'm ready to get to work and continue working," said Scott. "I've already been working, but I'm ready to get to work in this capacity as an appointed official."
She says she will start by building relationships with the folks in her district. "I imagine that the people of district one will be looking at me with closer scrutiny than they have any other person who has represented the district and I'm ready for that," said Scott.
The District 1 seat will be up for election in November 2012, with a primary election in May.
Sunday, May 19 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-19 22:27:30 GMT
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