Long-time Fairness Campaign director applies for Louisville Metro Council seat

by Spencer Jenkins

Fairness Campaign Director, Chris Hartman, submitted his application this week to be the next Sixth District Louisville Metro Councilmember. Two members of the Louisville Metro Council, David James, and Keisha Dorsey have resigned, and the council will now have to fill their seats. It has also been almost 10 years since there has been an openly queer council member in Louisville.

“When I moved back to Louisville nearly 15 years ago, I knew Old Louisville & the 6th District would be my home,” Hartman said in a Facebook post. “It’s diverse, architecturally beautiful, historic, & vibrant. I love it.”

If Louisville Metro Council chooses Hartman for this seat, he will serve until November, when the parties choose candidates during a special election.

“[There] is an obvious gap in representing our city’s large LGBTQ+ population since the retirement of Tina Ward-Pugh, KY’s 1st openly queer elected leader,” he said. “I hope to fill that void.”

Rest assured, Hartman will not be leaving his seat as Fairness Campaign Director…as of now. Louisville Metro Counsel seats are part-time gigs.

“There will be many amazing people submitting their résumés to carry on the great work of former Council President David James.,” he said. “Of the ones I know, I’d be proud to be represented by any of them.”

LGBTQ+ adjacent activist, Shameka L. Parrish-Wright, is running for the 3rd district seat. Logan Gatti and Kate Dittmeier Holm also submitted for the 6th district seat. The deadline to submit for a seat is today at 5 p.m.

“People are kindly offering help and asking what they can do,” Hartman said. “You can definitely send a brief message to your councilmember since they will be casting the votes to fill the vacant seat.”

Louisvillians can email them by clicking here: https://tinyurl.com/LouisvilleMaps

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