Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Woodson Scott, D-1, is seeking to retain her seat, but she will face a number of former rivals in the spring primary.
The council appointed Scott to the District 1 seat after former Councilwoman Judy Green was thrown out of office for ethical violations. The community activist will face at least three opponents in the Democratic primary who previously sought the appointment.
Scott says several other potential challengers could step forward, but some residents who applied for the seat are now supporting her candidacy.
“Oh I definitely think there will be some additional folks who will file to run. It may be a bit crowded race, but I’ve also built relationship with some of the folks who filed for the vacancy as the same time as I did. And so that shows we’re trying to build relationships and really work towards building the district,” she says.
Scott will face Louisville businesswoman Rosa Macklin, substitute teacher Janis Carter Miller and Steven Colston, a general maintenance mechanic at the University of Louisville.
No Republican or independent candidates have filed for the seat.
Several other potential challengers are expected to file, including former Councilwoman Green’s husband James and former police officer Ray Barker Sr., who filed the ethics charges against Green last year.
Asked if she’s worried the campaign could get ugly, Scott says after the Green scandal, residents don’t want a negative campaign and she promises to focus her message on work in the district.
“If people want to stoop to their lower selves and make it a negative campaign, they can do that. I’m going to keep it positive because this is about the people in District 1 and they need to heal and move forward,” she says.