Louisville Metro Councilman Tom Owen http://wfpl.org en Bellarmine to Host Metro Council District 8 Debate http://wfpl.org/post/bellarmine-host-metro-council-district-8-debate <p>Bellarmine University will host a debate for voters in the Metro Council 8<sup>th</sup> District featuring Republican challenger Kirt Jacobs and Democratic incumbent Tom Owen.</p><p>Owen is a three-term councilman and his seat is being challenged by Jacobs in the upcoming election. Jacobs is a local businessman who hosts "Leadership Landscape" a weekly one-on-one interview program.</p><p>Earlier this year, observers speculated that the 72-year-old Owen might retire and not seek re-election, but the longtime city lawmakers says he is committed to serving a full term and though he has won previous races by wide margins, he is taking this year’s election seriously.</p><p>"You would know by my current jitters that I am neither complacent about my request for the voters to send me for an additional term nor am I in anyway blasé or arrogant just presuming victory," he says.</p><p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 22:30:47 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1868 at http://wfpl.org Incumbent Owen Wins Democratic Nod for Eighth District Council Seat http://wfpl.org/post/incumbent-owen-wins-democratic-nod-eighth-district-council-seat <p>Louisville Metro Councilman Tom Owen has won the Democratic party&rsquo;s nomination for re-election.&nbsp;</p><p>Owen has served on the council since its inception and was an alderman before that. In many races, he faced little or no opposition. He had two primary challengers this year, including Jefferson County Judge-Executive Bryan Mathews.</p><p>The Judge-Executive&rsquo;s office has been ceremonial since the city-county merger, but Mathews says he will now focus on ideas for reforming the office. He&rsquo;s also prepared to work with Owen going forward.</p> Wed, 23 May 2012 02:20:22 +0000 Gabe Bullard 417 at http://wfpl.org