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Louisville Metro Council District 18

Duties: The legislative authority of Louisville Metro is vested in the Metro Council and includes the power to: Enact ordinances, orders, and resolutions, and override a veto of the mayor by a two—thirds (2/3) majority of the membership of the legislative council; Review the budgets of and appropriate money to the consolidated local government; Adopt a budget Levy taxes, subject to the limitations of the Constitution and the laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky; Establish standing and temporary committees; and Make independent audits and investigations concerning the affairs of the consolidated local government.Terms: There are twenty-six (26) Metro Council districts. One Council member is elected by each district. The terms are four (4) years and staggered with half of the districts being elected every two (2) years.Qualifications: A Metro Council member must be at least eighteen (18) years old, a qualified voter, and a resident of Louisville and the district that he or she seeks to represent for at least one (1) year immediately prior to election. A Council member shall continue to reside within the district form which elected throughout term of office.

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  • Mera Kathryn Corlett
    (Dem)

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    Marilyn Parker
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What recommendations are you prepared to make to members of the Metro Council regarding ways to promote a more just community for people of color in Louisville?

What if anything can Metro Council and the mayor do to instill a sense of trust in our police department?

What additional strategies/recommendations do you suggest addressing the local and state-wide budget shortfall in the upcoming legislative session?

What do you see as the greatest challenge for Louisville at this time?

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Campaign Phone (502) 442-2303
Contact email Marilyn@parkerforcouncil.com
Current Job Louisville Metro Council
Governments large and small need to promote a just society where job opportunities are abundant, and with an education system that works for all the needs of the family and students. We need to support a healthy family structure so that children and young adults can grow up with the knowledge and resources necessary to be leaders within our community. Lastly, we need to make sure that there is adequate housing and safe communities. Job opportunities become available when you have a thriving economy. Business owners have a much easier time when they know they are operating under a stable and reasonable system of taxation. I was proud to be part of a bipartisan and geographically diverse group of Councilmembers who fought Mayor Fischer’s tripling of the insurance tax. Instead, we worked to find $25M in savings by finding more efficient ways of operating Metro Government. As a member of the Metro Council’s Budget Committee, and the Health and Education Committee, I have supported efforts to fully fund our affordable housing trust fund. I have also supported using new technology to protect our citizens, increase investment in infrastructure throughout the community as well as sought partnerships with JCPS to advance the growth and development of current and future workers.
First, there is the issue with a lack of trust by our police officers with the Mayor and the former police chief. We must give the officers the resources and tools they need to effectively do their jobs. As a member of the Budget Committee, I have sought ways to increase investment in our police especially in terms of training, technology and recruit pay. I have also supported efforts to force accountability and transparency on the department. We need to address the pay gap that exists between Metro and other agencies so that we are better able to keep the best and brightest officers on staff rather than seeing them move on to suburban cities or other nearby law enforcement agencies. For the public, we need to have an administration that is more open and forthcoming. Some of the early tensions leading to the civil unrest were due to the secretive nature of the administration. I was part of the coalition that forced the mayor to release 911 tapes and other documents and I have been part of the push looking into the police actions the led up to and following the death of Ms. Breonna Taylor. I believe establishing better policies for openness as well as outreach to underserved parts of the community will help to restore some of the trust that has been missing. Here is a list some of the actions I and members of the Metro Council have taken to address the issue of trust: passed a resolution calling for release of all files related to the Breonna Taylor Case, funded the use of Shotspotter Technology, supported the additional funding for police body cameras as well as policies to ensure that they are worn and operating, passed the ban on no-knock warrants, increase funding for police pay as well as the start of a training class earlier than was proposed by the Mayor, increased funding for training, recruitment of a more diverse pool of officers as well as new policies that will help more officers live within the communities in which they serve. Doubled the funding for affordable housing, increased the investment in our parks and libraries and reopened pools in areas that lack access to private clubs or organizations.
The majority of the members on the Metro Council have proven that we can find efficiencies in a nearly $1 billion budget. Despite claims of financial doom, we were able to use results based budgeting to eliminate waste while also increasing investment in programs that work.

As an elected official, I took steps immediately upon taking office to reduce taxpayer burdens by refusing to accept a lush public pension and by returning tens of thousands in office expenses. While these actions might seem small in the overall scheme, they hopefully speak to my dedication towards running a more efficient government and my belief that serving the people of District 18 is about service to the community and not towards self or political party.
Addressing crime as well as improving infrastructure are the two biggest concerns I hear when meeting with the people I serve. People want our laws enforced, accountability and better planning. People support my successful efforts to more than quadrupole paving funding to $20 million annually that has led to paving on major thoroughfares and people want more officers that are better trained and supported not defunded. As a member of the Metro Council, I have brought the district multi-million-dollar investments in AB Sawyer Park and the construction of the new Northeast Regional Library. As a councilmember, I have supported transparency and advocated for the enforcement of our laws, when the Mayor’s administration gave the “stand down” order. I believe the people of District 18 want a Councilwoman who stands up for them, not a political party, and one who is focused on the basics, not hosting social gatherings or feel good proclamations. I thank the people of District 18 for their support over the past four years and I hope that they will recognize our many successes and will vote to keep me on as their voice in City Hall.