Former council member Bill Farmer Jr. is better known and raising more money than freshman incumbent Cheryl Blanton Feigel in the 5th District Urban County Council race.
But Feigel is ahead of Farmer on something more important: ideas.
She has lots of them and the kind of disciplined follow-through that turns ideas into action.
For example, shortly after winning election two years ago, she says she began making regular calls to Saul Centers, the Maryland company that let Lexington Mall deteriorate into a rat-infested eyesore.
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She prodded her contact at the company to do something with the property and tried to recruit buyers. Her persistence probably influenced Saul's decision to sell after years of inaction.
While Southland Christian Church might not be the perfect occupant for that prime spot, it will be a big improvement over what's there.
The personable Farmer, who served on the council for 10 years before an unsuccessful bid for mayor, touts his deep knowledge of the district and its residents and promises superior constituent services.
But Feigel, a former mayor in Texas, offers more passion, urgency and a more ambitious approach to governing.
Farmer wants to combat break-ins of unlocked garages in the district. Feigel wants to redesign and beautify the dysfunctional intersection at High, Fontaine and Euclid.
Feigel is leading a study of how to raise private money to improve Lexington's parks, perhaps along the lines of Louisville's Olmstead Parks Conservancy.
She started a wine festival at Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate, that is a nice amenity while strengthening bonds between the urban and rural Bluegrass.
Feigel has rubbed some people the wrong way, and we have disagreed with her on occasion, especially her opposition to Tates Creek Road sidewalks and her vote against a moratorium that interrupted the ruin of neighborhoods around the University of Kentucky long enough for a more permanent solution to be developed.
She should make an effort to build more cooperative relations with other council members to increase her effectiveness.
All in all, though, Feigel offers the district and city much more than voters would get by recycling Farmer.
The unendorsed candidate may submit a 250-word response by noon Thursday.