This year's Urban County Council at-large race boasts one of the largest fields in recent years.
Thirteen candidates have filed to run in the at-large race, which will ultimately decide who is the next vice mayor.
The top six vote getters in next Tuesday's primary will move on to the Nov. 4 general election. The top vote getter in November becomes vice mayor. The second and third-pace finishers are at-large members, who serve four-year terms.
Vice Mayor Linda Gorton announced earlier this year that she would not run for re-election in the non-partisan race. Chuck Ellinger, another at-large council member, is term-limited from running again in the at-large race. That leaves Steve Kay as the only at-large incumbent in the race.
But there are some other familiar faces. Councilman Kevin Stinnett, who was first elected to represent the 6th District in 2004, is seeking a seat. Richard Moloney and Bill Cegelka, both former council members, are also running.
Other candidates range from Don Pratt, a community activist who has run unsuccessfully for council four times, to Jon Larson, a lawyer who is the Fayette County judge-executive.
The field additionally includes Kenner "Pete" Dyer, who was pardoned in 2013 by Gov. Steve Beshear of a felony second-degree robbery conviction from the early 1990s. Dyer, who served three years in state prison, went through a "painstaking process to earn back his voting rights and right to run for public office," Dyer's spokesman Garett Ebel said. Dyer said he has learned from the mistakes he made 23 years ago and wants to help others.
The top three fundraisers for this race were led by Stinnett, who raised $58,936 so far this election cycle, according to reports with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance. Kay came in a distant second with $29,716. And Cegelka raised $13,850, records show.
The 13 candidates have faced off in forums, touching on homelessness and affordable housing, good paying jobs and funding for the renovation and expansion of Rupp Arena and a new convention center.
Here, in alphabetical order, are the candidates: