Louisville KY metro council chief to not seek re-election


Photos from David Tandy’s Facebook Page

Louisville, Ky., – David Tandy, the president of Louisville Metro Council has announced in a letter to media outlets that he will not seek re-election this year.  Citing a desire to spend more time with family and friends and to explore new business opportunities, Tandy said he has been honored to serve the city’s Fourth District.

Here is a copy of the letter:

After careful thought and consideration, as well as conversations with family and close friends, I have decided not to seek re-election to the Louisville Metro Council in 2016. It’s been an honor and a privilege serving the people, businesses and nonprofit organizations in Louisville’s Central Business District and the neighborhoods that border downtown on the east and the west as their councilman.

While my passion for public service has not faded, I realize that at this point in my life and in the lives of the people that I hold dearest – my immediate family – it is in our best interest that they remain the focus of my time and energy. Additionally, with my family’s best interest in mind, I am at a stage in my life where I need to grow and explore various business opportunities that are currently on my horizon.

David Tandy and Obama

It has been humbling during my tenure on the city’s legislative body to be chosen to shoulder a portion of the larger leadership responsibilities for our community by serving seven terms as the chairman of the Labor and Economic Development Committee and two terms as your Metro Council president.

The accomplishments I am proudest of during my time on the council are the tremendous growth and development not only in the built environment of our district, but also in the lives of the people who call District Four home. Whether it was through crafting and passing legislation; supporting various neighborhood associations and other nonprofit group activities with Neighborhood Development Funds; improving sidewalks and streets with capital infrastructure funds; or just simply providing information and guidance to constituents, and non-constituents alike, on where to go to receive assistance with a particular challenge they were facing, my aim was to do my part to make my community a little bit better than it was before.

I am forever grateful and give tremendous thanks to my wife, Carolyn, and my three children for allowing me to serve the public the way I have over these years and for being understanding when I get stopped in church, their school or at the grocery store by someone wanting a few minutes of my time. I am thankful for the men and women who have worked with me in my district council office and have made it possible for me to provide a greater level of constituent service to the Fourth District and to the greater community.

I am thankful to my fellow current and former Metro Council members, whom I have had the privilege of calling my colleagues, and the work we have done collectively to make our city better. And perhaps most importantly, I cannot thank enough the people of the Metro Council District Four for allowing me to serve them in this capacity for over a decade.

David Tandy

As it is written in the Scriptures in the third chapter and first verse of the Book of Ecclesiastes, “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens.” I am grateful for this season of service that God has allowed me to enjoy and I look forward to working with the people of Jefferson County again in the future as we strive to make Louisville a place where it is possible for anyone who is willing to use their God-given talents to have the opportunity to thrive and prosper.

I look forward to serving my community as a private citizen and plan to remain involved in many worthwhile causes that are dear to my heart. While I am indeed stepping back from public service for the time-being, I am keeping the door open for a future in public service, as it has been an honor and privilege to serve. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity my district and community have given me, and I wish only for the continued growth and prosperity of Louisville Metro.