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R. Douglas Martin named to council for 10th District

R. Douglas Martin is the new 10th District representative on the Urban County Council.

Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry on Friday appointed Martin, 45, to fill the two years left in the term of Don Blevins Jr., who stepped down to accept an appointment as Fayette County clerk.

Newberry said he chose Martin from a number of "very, very outstanding" prospects, calling it a "very difficult decision."

Martin, an attorney who specializes in corporate and commercial real estate law, is a Lexington native with experience in public service and the arts. He serves on the board of the Lexington Philharmonic, has been a member of the Lexington Singers, and is a former president of the Beaumont Neighborhood Association. He once was general counsel for the Kentucky Economic Development Cabinet.

"Great government is about balance, and my interests are in education, economic development and the arts," Martin said. "Each is vitally important to the other.

"Our challenge is preserving our unique rural gifts, while building our economy to face the enormous challenges of the 21st century."

Former Vice Mayor Isabel Yates, one of those who recommended Martin, said he will bring "interest, intelligence and integrity" to the council.