10 more file for Lexington council seats

January 26, 2014 

The filing deadline for the Urban County Council district races and three at-large seats is Tuesday. Several incumbent members and first-time candidates filed to run during the past week. A full list of candidates — including those who have filed to run at-large — will be printed after Tuesday's deadline.

The candidates who filed last week include:

■ Incumbent Shevawn Akers in the 2nd District. Akers was first elected to the position in 2012. Akers, a social worker, received her undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Kentucky. Akers serves on various council committees and has been active in other community organizations. The 2nd District includes the Masterson Station and Meadowthorpe neighborhoods.

■ Barry Saturday in the 4th District, which is between Tates Creek and Nicholasville roads and includes the Lansdowne and Shadeland neighborhoods. Saturday could not be reached for comment.

■ Angela Evans in the 6th District, which is an open seat. Incumbent Councilman Kevin Stinnett is running for an at-large seat. Evans has been a lawyer for 13 years and served on the Urban County Ethics Commission for six years, two years as chair. She also has served as an expert at the United Nations office on Drugs and Crime and traveled to Gulu, Uganda, to counsel and teach women and children who had escaped from the sex-trade industry.

■ Darren Hawkins in the 6th District. Hawkins has been a Realtor since 2002. He previously worked for Toyota Manufacturing for 19 years. Hawkins also has been president of the Hamburg Homeowners Association since 2008 and is involved in other community groups.

■ Thomas Hern, in the 6th District. Hern is a small business owner who owns a consultant firm specializing in the automobile industry. He has a degree in economics from Ohio Wesleyan University and previously owned two automobile dealerships. The 6th District is on the city's east side and includes the Hamburg development and the Eastland neighborhood.

■ Michael Moynahan in the 7th District. An Army veteran and former construction manager, Moynahan also is involved with various veteran and community organizations. He is a graduate of Boston College and will complete his MBA from the University of Kentucky in May.

■ Ismael Shalash in the 7th District. Shalash is a broker for Amazon who was born and raised in Lexington. A graduate of UK with a degree in economics, Shalash also is involved in several local organizations and is the vice president of the Fairways at Lakeside Neighborhood Association. Shalash ran unsuccessfully four years ago in the at-large council race.

The 7th District is south of New Circle Road and extends to Interstate 75; it includes neighborhoods along Richmond Road.

■ Dave Vinson in the 8th District, an open seat that includes an area south of New Circle Road between Tates Creek Road and Alumni Drive. Vinson could not be reached for comment.

■ LeTonia A. Jones in the 8th District. A social worker, Jones worked for nine years for the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association before opening her own small business. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from UK and was appointed by Mayor Jim Gray to serve on the Urban County Human Rights Commission in 2013.

■ Victoria Fath in the 9th District. Fath is a graduate of Lafayette High School and Hunter College in New York City. A small business owner, Fath also is the director of a non-profit scholarship program for young women and an advocate for the Special Needs Adoption Program. The 9th District is south of New Circle Road and includes the Stonewall and Robinwood neighborhoods.

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