Voters in District 1 have the chance to elect an impressive newcomer to the Urban County Council.
Chris Ford, who has a master's degree in public administration and has worked in several local governments, is president and CEO of REACH, a Lexington non-profit that educates first-time home-buyers and coordinates financing for low- and moderate-income housing in 13 counties.
Affordable housing would be one of Ford's priorities as a council member, along with neighborhood revitalization, small business development, job training and public safety.
The other candidate, Marty Clifford, is also impressive.
After a career in banking and real estate, Clifford rolled up his sleeves and followed his heart to North Limestone where he is deeply engaged in restoring both historic buildings and the neighborhood's spirit.
As founder of the North Limestone Neighborhood Association, Clifford is at the forefront of a small renaissance in an historic pocket challenged by poverty and neglect.
We hope that after the election the two candidates will work together on problems that both have identified.
It's especially important for the city's new small-area development plans for the Central Sector and East End to be implemented and funded.
As appealing as Clifford is, Ford brings a broader perspective to the district's and city's challenges.
His knowledge and experience, in both government and finance — along with his steady, businesslike manner — would enable him to be immediately effective.
The seat is open because incumbent Andrea James is moving out of the district.
We recommend Ford as a worthy successor.
The unendorsed candidate may submit a 250-word response by noon Thursday.