A long-time member of the Urban County Council said Tuesday that he will seek an at-large seat on the council.
Kevin Stinnett, who was first elected to represent the 6th District in 2004, is the first person to announce a run for an at-large seat, which is a four-year term.
The at-large race is expected to draw a lot of candidates after current Vice Mayor Linda Gorton announced last month that she was not running for re-election. At-large member Chuck Ellinger Jr. cannot run again because of term limits. Steve Kay, the other at-large council member, is the only incumbent who can run again. The top vote getter in the at-large race becomes the vice mayor. The second and third place candidates become at-large members. Jan. 28th is the filing deadline.
Stinnett, 39, a small-business owner, has served five terms on the council. During that time, he said, he has secured many road, parks and sanitary and storm-water improvements in the 6th District.
"I want to make Lexington safer for our kids and more prosperous for their parents," he said. "I've been able to do a lot for my district, and now I want to be able to do the same for the whole city."