A third Democratic candidate has jumped in the race to replace retiring Louisville Metro Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh.

Mollie Young Noe is a real estate broker who lives in the Crescent Hill neighborhood. She also owns a franchise restaurant in the St. Matthews area.

The contest for the District 9 seat has already drawn a competitive field of candidates. Attorney Chris Hartley and gay rights activist Greg Bourke have also filed to run in the Democratic primary.

Noe says she wants to represent average residents, adding her lack of political experience will be an asset in a race that’s going to be about bringing new ideas to the council.

“I’m already a community leader and own several small businesses, and I now have two small children. So I decided to run because I want to create a community that I will be happy for my children to inherit,” she says.

“But I believe that I am more on the ground level, I believe that I am more of the voice of the community than per se others who might be an attorney or hold different seats or have been in public office before.”

Noe’s campaign does have some political connections, however. Her aunt is Colleen Younger, a long-time Louisville Democratic Party activist who is working as her campaign treasure.

So far, attorney Laura Rice is the only candidate running as Republican.