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Mayor names replacement for late councilmember

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Posted at 11:29 AM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 11:29:18-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton has appointed Mark Swanson to serve as the 3rd District Councilmember. Swanson replaces Councilmember Jake Gibbs, who died on March 3.

“Mark is well prepared to be the Councilmember for the Third District,” Gorton said. “He has worked to improve economic opportunity in our downtown neighborhoods. And he is a faculty member at the University of Kentucky, which is another important part of the District.”

Swanson is a University of Kentucky professor who has worked with downtown Lexington neighborhoods to improve accessibility to healthy foods.

Mayor Gorton says Swanson will be sworn into office following a 15-day waiting period to allow Councilmembers time to meet him.

“I’m honored by the confidence Mayor Gorton has shown in me with this appointment, and I look forward to serving my neighbors in the 3rd District in these unprecedented and challenging times,” Swanson said.

Swanson is a member of the Lexington Environmental Commission, the Lexington Tweens Nutrition and Fitness Coalition Board of Directors and the Advocacy Committee of the American Heart Association, Kentucky Chapter.