Louisville attorney David Kaplan is withdrawing his candidacy for the Jefferson County School Board to support former Humana chairman David Jones Jr. for the District 2 seat.

The 41-year-old Kaplan is the father of two young children who attend JCPS. He is a managing partner at Miller Wells law firm and is a former Kentucky assistant attorney general.

Kaplan says he filed to run to make positive changes in education policy, but after meeting with Jones he found the two generally agree.

Kaplan’s departure leaves resident Melissa Rueff running against Jones. The seat is being vacated by former school board chairman Steve Imhoff, who announced he will not seek re-election this year.

Kaplan's campaign release the following statement:

“I filed to run for Jefferson County School Board because I knew I could make a positive difference for the schoolchildren of District 2 – including my own son and daughter.  When I entered the race, I was unaware that David Jones Jr. was also planning to run in this district. 

After Mr. Jones announced his candidacy, I reached out to him about why he was running and discovered we share a lot of common ground, including our agreement on the paramount importance of boosting student achievement district wide.  I already knew Mr. Jones as a successful Chairman at Chrysalis Ventures. In our meeting, I also found him to be a thoughtful individual who is highly qualified for the position, passionate about education, and 100 percent committed to serving our community.   

From the founding and astronomical growth of one of Louisville’s biggest employers, Humana, the development of the one of the nation’s biggest new public parks projects, The Parklands at Floyds Fork, to their generous support of public education and leadership in the 55,000 Degrees initiative, the Jones family has given much to make Louisville great.