While not yet reaching the numbers many expected when longtime District 8 Councilman Tom Owen announced he would not seek another term, this week saw the fifth candidate file for the Metro Council office.
Here’s a rundown of the candidates who have filed so far in the heavily liberal and Democratic district that includes the Highlands, with more expected to file before the Jan. 26 deadline.
Coan, who filed for the seat on Wednesday, is an attorney and former advisor for Mayor Greg Fischer from his first mayoral campaign and first term in office.
He released a 13-page campaign platform with specific policy proposals, including instituting new term limits for Metro Council members and the mayor, so that no one serves more than eight consecutive years in office. Coan also called for the possible merger of the Parking Authority of River City and Transportation Authority of River City, lowering the speed limit of residential streets to 20 mph, toughening enforcement of littering laws, and revamping the city’s demolition practices to encourage historic preservation.
Coan is currently a director on the boards of the Norton Foundation, Louisville Public Media, Brightside and the Kentucky College of Art and Design at Spalding University.
Long would be familiar within the District 8 office, as she has been the aide for Councilman Owen over the last decade. She previously served for over 20 years as an officer with the LMPD, serving in the Domestic Violence and Crimes Against Seniors units.
Long told The Courier-Journal that she wants to create a mobile office to have more of a presence in the district, and wants to work on land development code issues.
Meyer was a nurse at Kosair Children’s Hospital before climbing the ranks to become a top executive at the hospital’s foundation and Norton Healthcare. She was also the CEO of Louisville’s Center for Women and Families for six years, working with domestic violence victims and securing federal grants.
She lives in the Highlands with her partner of 20 years and their three adopted children.
White has been active in grassroots quality-of-life issues in the Highlands, leading the Graffiti Abatement Coalition of Louisville and the Highlands Tree Planting Initiative. His website calls for increasing online transparency of Metro Government, increased high-paying tech jobs, investing in infrastructure and increasing treatment for drug abuse.
White has worked as a project manager at the medical diagnostic company Neuronetrix for seven years, and is a board member of the Phoenix Hill Neighborhood Association.
Nett, the first candidate to file for office, was a 2012 delegate to the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina and is currently a member of the Tyler Park Neighborhood Association.
Nett has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, and explained the importance of his candidacy for differently-abled citizens in the community in the following video posted on his website: