Former Fraternal Order of Police president David James will tentatively run for the 6th District Metro Council seat in Louisville. The county Democratic Party nominated James Thursday night after two rounds of votes in which no candidate received the necessary support to win the nomination.

The seat was previously held by Councilman George Unseld, who died last month. The council appointed independent Deonte Hollowell to fill the vacancy, and the winner of the election this November will serve the remaining two years of Unseld’s term.

Among the other candidates the Democrats considered was Ken Herndon, who was nearly appointed to the seat last month. The party also considered nominating Keith Hunter and Phillip Baker, who had sought the council’s appointment.

James was not considered for the appointment in the council because, at the time, he had not lived in the district long enough to be eligible. Democratic Party chair Tim Longmeyer says James is now qualified and will be vetted before being put on the ballot. Candidates must file with the County Clerk by August 10th.

Hollowell will seek election to the seat as an independent. The county GOP will meet to choose a candidate on Tuesday.

The Democratic nomination was determined by a nine-member panel, with each member representing a piece of the 6th District. Members’ votes were weighted, depending on the number of voters they represented.

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