Mayor names Joe Smith to fill vacant Lexington council seat

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Lexington Mayor Jim Gray announced his nominee to fill the spot on the city council left by Sasha Love Higgins.

Joe Smith will serve as the councilman for Lexington's 2nd district. Smith, who is a realtor, will serve the remainder of Sasha Love Higgins's term. Higgins resigned from her position as councilwoman for Lexington's 2nd district last month, after she was indicted on felony charges of identity theft, forgery, and three counts of theft by deception.

“Joe is well prepared to be a Councilmember. He has been active in his neighborhood, in public service and is a Lexington native who cares about his hometown,” Gray said. “He brings energy and experience to the Second District seat.”

According to his realtor page, Smith graduated from Lexington Catholic High School and the University of Kentucky. He is a broker associate at RE/MAX Creative Realty. Smith says he is married with three children. He is also a grandfather of five.

“I am excited and looking forward to the opportunity to work with and represent the people of the 2nd District,” Smith said. "I've always been in public service... all my life. Did I foresee me being in this position some day? No. I did it because I enjoy doing it. That's the way I was raised. You help your neighbor. You help your community."

The Urban County Council now has a 15-day window should it decide to overturn the appointment.

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