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Ken Fleming to Retire From Metro Council, but Says He's 'Not Stepping Away From Politics'

Updated: In an interview Tuesday with WFPL, Ken Fleming, a Republican, said he doesn't plan to support any candidates at the moment for his seat. He added that he's likely not through with politics.“I’m not stepping away from politics," he said. "I’m definitely keeping my options open for the future and have some things in mind I might want to do down the road. Right now, I just want to focus 

on the Kilgore and my family.”

Earlier: Louisville Metro Council member Ken Fleming, District 7, has announced he'll retire at the end of his current term and will not seek reelection this year, according to a news release Tuesday.

In his statement below, Fleming notes he wants to focus on family and his job as executive director of Kilgore Counseling Center, while remaining engaged in public policy.In an interviewing with WFPL, Fleming said there should be candidates for District 7 who will surface soon, but he would not comment further.Fleming is one of 26 council members and serves East Louisville.This post will be updated later today. “I am deeply honored the residents of District 7 chose me three times to represent them on the Louisville Metro Council. After considerable thought, however, I have decided to not seek re-election next year so I can focus on my family and the Kilgore Counseling Center. My interest in public policy remains strong, I plan to remain engaged and keep my options open for future office. The past eleven years has been a wonderful experience in working to make Louisville a better place to live. While we have made great strides, we must work hard to enhance the community’s competitiveness in our regional and global economy through economic development and education initiative.” “Over the past eleven years I have worked hard to improve transparency and ethics in local government, highlighting our need to be more economically competitive, and to improve opportunities for businesses and job creators to grow within our city. Working with the many suburban city Mayors, neighborhood leaders and countless staff within Metro Government, we have made improvements in some of our busiest roads, revitalized an old strip mall into a shopping destination and improved our parks system. In the coming year, I will seek to close out our work on quiet zones in the area, conclude a number of road and park projects and continue the discussion on a Local Option Sales Tax.”

Jacob Ryan is the managing editor of the Kentucky Center for Investigative reporting. He's an award-winning investigative reporter who joined LPM in 2014. Email Jacob at jryan@lpm.org.

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