Urban County Council member Jennifer Mossotti has earned another term.
She represents the 9th District in southwest Lexington, running generally from New Circle Road south to the Jessamine County line and from Nicholasville Road west almost to Harrodsburg Road.
Mossotti, who served on the council from 1998 to 2004 and was elected again in 2012, is an independent, critical voice on citywide issues and provides excellent service and communication within her district, earning the Fayette County Neighborhood Council's Neighborhood Hero Award.
Mossotti, a Realtor, has not always voted in line with her industry, supporting the Purchase of Development Rights program that protects farmland in Fayette County, regulations on "big box" designs and the tree ordinance.
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She was an early backer of the fairness ordinance which banned discrimination based on sexual orientation.
In her current term, Mossotti played a key role in appropriating money to end fire station brownouts by paying for additional overtime until new recruits came online.
Her opponent, Victoria Fath, is energetic and intelligent and demonstrated a genuine enthusiasm for the district, where she grew up. Fath makes a case that, at 27, she would represent the interests and concerns of young people and families in the district and our community.
But Fath demonstrated a limited understanding of the complexities of city service and zoning issues in her interview with the Herald-Leader editorial board.
She will be a stronger candidate in the future if she gains some hands-on experience through service in her neighborhood association or in other groups that deal with the nuts and bolts of local governance.
The unendorsed candidate may submit a 250-word response by noon Monday.