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Metro council member to leave office

Louisville Metro Council member Ken Fleming Louisville Metro Council member Ken Fleming

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A man who has been a member of the Louisville Metro Council since it formed in 2002 will not run for reelection.

Councilman Ken Fleming (D-7) issued a statement Tuesday stating he will not seek office for the 2015 term so he can focus on his family and the Kilgore Counseling Center, but he will keep his options for future office open;

"I am deeply honored the residents of District 7 chose me three times to represent them on the Louisville Metro Council. After considerable thought, however, I have decided to not seek re-election next year so I can focus on my family and the Kilgore Counseling Center. My interest in public policy remains strong, I plan to remain engaged and keep my options open for future office. The past eleven years has been a wonderful experience in working to make Louisville a better place to live. While we have made great strides, we must work hard to enhance the community's competitiveness in our regional and global economy through economic development and education initiative."

"Over the past eleven years I have worked hard to improve transparency and ethics in local government, highlighting our need to be more economically competitive, and to improve opportunities for businesses and job creators to grow within our city. Working with the many suburban city Mayors, neighborhood leaders and countless staff within Metro Government, we have made improvements in some of our busiest roads, revitalized an old strip mall into a shopping destination and improved our parks system. In the coming year, I will seek to close out our work on quiet zones in the area, conclude a number of road and park projects and continue the discussion on a Local Option Sales Tax."

Fleming's last day in office will be Sunday, January 4, 2015.

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