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Butler To Seek Council Presidency

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Marianne Butler says she will seek the council presidency.Butler faces fellow Democrat Tom Owen, who asked his fellow council members for their support Thursday.She tells the Courier-Journal she believes the Democratic caucus will choose either her or Owen as its candidate before there’s a council floor vote.No Republican has yet entered the race, though Councilman Ken Fleming is considering a bid.If Owen or Butler is elected, it would mark the fourth straight year a Democrat has won the presidency. Only two Republicans have ever held the position—Kelly Downard and 2004 and Kevin Kramer in 2006.Outgoing President David Tandy is running for mayor.The council will vote for a new president next month.