The Jefferson County Republican Party has nominated former Male High School football coach Bob Redman to run for the Louisville Metro Council District 10 seat this fall.
The GOP’s executive committee made the decision at its meeting late Tuesday evening by a voice vote. No other candidate stepped forward for the nomination, according to Louisville GOP chairman Jim Stansbury.
“At this stage in my life I thought it’s time to give back a little bit,” he said. “It’s been a great community and if there’s a way I can serve and be helpful, I’m ready.” The district runs from parts of the Highlands, south of Newburg Road to parts of Buechel.
Redman, 66, led Male to three state football championships and was one of the winningest coaches in Jefferson County Public Schools over his 18 seasons before resigning five years ago. He is the father of former University of Louisville quarterback Chris Redman.
Bob Redman said he doesn’t see the council as a partisan legislative body as much as Congress or the state legislature, and wants to focus his campaign on youth development, education and public safety. He said there are also major concerns among residents with the Economy Inn along Bardstown Road in the distirct, which has been a in the news for being a hot spot for drugs, prostitution and other illegal activity.
The District 10 seat was left vacant for almost a month after the sudden death of Council President Jim King this year.
The Louisville Jefferson County Democratic Party selected Pat Mulvihill, who is head of the civil division in Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell’s office and also served as Mayor Greg Fischer’s general counsel, to be their nominee in November.
Mulvihill was also one of the nine applicants who sought to join the council immediately through an appointment. After three rounds of voting, council members ultimately chose former city Alderman Steve Magre, who will serve the remainder of this year. Magre has slammed the local Democratic Party’s nomination process as “backroom politics” and indicated he will seek the party’s nomination in next year’s primary election.
Given that split, local Republicans hope a well-known candidate like Redman can appeal to Democrats, moderates and independents in the district.
“In any political race one of the important things is name recognition, and Bob has certainly got that,” Stansbury said. “It’s a name known throughout the city, not just District 10. It’ll play a big part in his campaign.”
The district is a heavily Democratic area that has never been represented by a Republican on the council. It stretches from Bardstown Road and Hikes Lane to the St. Joseph’s area at Eastern Parkway and Preston Street. It includes all or parts of Petersburg, Buechel, West Buechel, Watterson City, the Upper Highlands, Audubon Ridge, Camp Taylor, Fincastle, Nightingale, Audubon Park, North Audubon, Schnitzelburg, Parkway Village, St. Joseph’s, Germantown, Paristown, Prestonia and Belmar.
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