Fayette County

Incumbents, first-time candidates file for Lexington council races

The filing deadline for the Urban County Council district races and three at-large seats is Jan. 28. Several incumbent members and first-time candidates filed to run during the past week.

They include:

■ Michael Stuart, a small-business owner and longtime community volunteer, in the 2nd District, which extends from the west end of downtown to Masterson Station and surrounding neighborhoods.

Stuart, who serves on the LexArts board of directors, was president and board member of the Living Arts & Science Center for seven years. He volunteers for the West End Alliance. Stuart, 34, has owned a window-cleaning business for 13 years.

■ Jake Gibbs, a college professor and former co-owner of the downtown eatery Alfalfa, in the 3rd District, which includes much of downtown, including areas around the University of Kentucky.

Gibbs, a history professor at Bluegrass Community and Technical College, said that if elected, he would push for better relations between UK and the surrounding neighborhoods and for creating a vibrant downtown with affordable housing options. Protecting historic neighborhoods is a top priority, he said.

■ Julian Beard, incumbent in the 4th District, which is between Tates Creek and Nicholasville Roads and includes the Lansdowne and Shade land neighborhoods.

Beard spent much of his long career in banking before being then-Mayor Teresa Isaac's director of economic development from 2003 to 2006. He was elected to the council in 2006. He is chairman of the council's Economic Development Committee.

■ Susan Lamb, a former council clerk, also in the 4th District.

Lamb worked for the Urban County Government for 27 years before retiring in July. She worked 15 years as deputy clerk and six years as council clerk.

■ Jennifer Scutchfield, incumbent in the 7th District, which includes neighborhoods south of New Circle Road along Richmond Road.

Scutchfield was first elected in 2012. A lawyer, she also is a community volunteer and has been active in many education and health-related organizations.

■ Fred Brown, a member of the Urban County Council from 1994 to 2004, in the 8th District, which is south of New Circle Road between Tates Creek and Alumni Drive.

Brown, a partner in the CPA firm Brown & Dougherty, is seeking the seat now held by George Myers. Myers has announced that he will run for the state House of Representatives.

■ Harry Clarke, the incumbent in the 10th District, which includes the Beaumont and Palomar neighborhoods.

A retired professor at the University of Kentucky School of Music, where he taught for more than 43 years, Clarke is a former president of the Harrodsburg Neighborhoods Association.

■ Amanda Mays Bledsoe, also in the 10th district.

The first-time candidate, a former policy analyst with the Council of State Governments, has taught at Midway College and at Bluegrass Community and Technical College. She volunteers for a number of community and faith-based organizations.

■ Incumbent Peggy Henson, in the 11th District, which includes areas from Broadway to Dunkirk Drive and the Cardinal Valley neighborhood.

Henson was appointed to complete an unexpired term in 2008 and later was elected three times to full terms. She is a past president of the Cardinal Valley Neighborhood Association and worked for more than 20 years at Employment Solutions, which helps people overcome barriers to employment, before retiring in 2010.

■ Additionally, incumbent Jennifer Mossotti announced that she would run for re-election in the 9th District, but she had not filed with the Fayette County clerk's office.

Mossotti, 59, a commercial and residential real estate agent, was elected in 2012 after previously representing the district from 1997 to 2004. The 9th District includes the Stonewall and Robinwood neighborhoods.