A Jefferson Circuit Judge on Wednesday confirmed the validity of Independent Metro Councilman Deonte Hollowell‘s bid to retain the 6th District seat.

Hollowell’s legitimacy to hold the seat had been confirmed when he was appointed to the council in June (replacing the late George Unseld), but Hollowell’s election paperwork had been called into question.

From the Courier-Journal:

At issue was whether independent candidates for Metro Council must file a petition with 20 signatures, or two. Hollowell’s petition had four signatures.

Cunningham said state statutes are unclear on that issue.

“This is really bizarre,” Cunningham said. “That statute is subject to two reasonable interpretations, and I’m required to select the interpretation that provides voters with the most choice.”

Hollowell is running against Democrat David James, Republican Candace Jaworski and write-in candidate Ken Herndon.

Jennifer Moore, the state Democratic Party chairperson from 2007-09 and the attorney representing plaintiff William Clark, said it is unclear if her client will appeal the ruling. They have five days to make that decision.

“We’ll make that decision very quickly,” Moore said.

Hollowell is running against Democrat David James, Republican Candace Jaworski and write-in Ken Herndon.

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