Fayette County

Martin will run for 10th District seat to which he was appointed

Doug Martin announced Tuesday he will seek election to his 10th district seat on the Urban County Council.

Martin said in a prepared statement that the city must increase its commitment to economic development, urban planning and the arts to foster a creative economy.

"We must make our neighborhoods safer and more livable through better infrastructure, parks and trails," he said.

A major theme of his campaign, Martin said, would be "to bring balance, common sense and sound business practices" to city government.

Martin, 46, a Lexington native, was appointed to the council by Mayor Jim Newberry in January 2009 after Don Blevins Jr. resigned to become Fayette County clerk.

Martin is an attorney but has an extensive arts background.

He was a music major at the University of Kentucky and earned a master's degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Michigan. He is a member of the Lexington Singers and served six years on the board of the Lexington Philharmonic.