Two candidates have filed to run for Jefferson County Public School’s District 4 seat, which is being vacated by Joe Hardesty, who has served on the school board since 1990.
Melissa “Missy” Smith and Lloyd “Chip” White are the latest to file for one of the district’s three seats up for grabs this fall. Steve Imhoff's District 2 seat and Larry Hujo's District 7 seat are also up for grabs this fall.
District 4 covers parts of southwest Louisville.
White, 42, is a carpenter who also serves as a commissioner on Louisville’s Planning Commission. White says he’s a working class candidate with five children, and has also acted as a foster parent.
“We’ve had over a dozen children in our home at different times, going through different schools and different education levels and I just feel like an excellent person to advocate for children and to help the kids in our school system in our area,” he says.
White says he plans on meeting constituents in his district before weighing in on any major issues like the district’s student assignment plan or charter schools.
Missy Smith could not be reached for comment.
Filing for the non-partisan race ends August 14.