LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 6, 2015) — Mayor Jim Gray today named James Brown, president of the Radcliffe-Marlboro Neighborhood Association, the new Councilmember for the 1st District.
“James is passionate about neighborhood, family, young people, schools and public service,” Gray said. “He will be a great addition to the Council.”
“I am excited and honored by Mayor Gray’s appointment to serve our city,” Brown said. “I’m committed to engaging community partners and working with fellow Councilmembers to address the needs of the 1st District.”
Brown took the oath of office, administered by Fayette Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine, before a diverse crowd of neighborhood leaders, ministers, housing advocates, public servants, family members and friends.
Brown replaces Chris Ford, who stepped down from the Council last month to become Gray’s Commissioner of Social Services.
The diverse 1st District includes areas of Lexington’s historic downtown, African American neighborhoods in the East End and the West End, plus a broad section of north Lexington outside of downtown.
“I believe my experience in grassroots advocacy and the ability to build relationships will be an asset in becoming an effective Councilmember,” Brown said.
Brown serves as a parent representative on the Bryan Station High School Site-Based Council, is actively involved in the 16th District PTA and through it serves as Chair of the Urban Family Engagement Network. He helped initiate a neighborhood watch program, managed multiple neighborhood grant projects and serves as member of the public school rezoning committee.
Brown said he will run for the seat in the fall election.
Brown, a Realtor, is a Lexington native. He and his wife, Charmayne, have three