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Louisville Metro Council District 8 Cassie Chambers Armstrong
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Councilmember Cassie Chambers Armstrong

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Council Recap: Committees Begin!

Dear District 8,

It's been a busy few weeks at Council. We reorganized into committees, and we had our first committee meetings this week. I will be serving on the Budget Committee, Planning and Zoning, and Public Works.

I'm particularly excited to be on the Budget Committee as our city has conversations about how to spend our dollars in a way that reflects our values. President Biden said: "Don't tell me what you value. Show me your budget and I'll tell you what you value."

To that end, I hope you'll all join this month's Virtual Town Hall on Budget Priorities to give me feedback on what you think our city should prioritize. It will be held virtually via Zoom and Facebook Live on February 24th at 6pm. Details are in the event section below. For those who tune in via Facebook Live, we have some great interactive tools that we are excited to try out.

Speaking of Town Halls, I want to thank everyone who came out to our Bardstown Road one last month. We maxed out the Zoom attendance, and had a lot of productive conversations both in the Zoom room and on Facebook Live. I'm now in the process of sorting through all of the feedback, having conversations with key stakeholders about it, and putting together a document to lay out next steps. I'll post that document on my webpage once it's complete. If you missed the town hall you can watch a recording here.

In terms of other happenings on Council, I'm happy that paid parental leave is getting some momentum. This ordinance would provide paid parental leave to our city employees. Lots of cities and states have enacted similar policies out of a recognition that: 1) it makes financial sense, 2) it helps recruit and retain talented workers, and 3) it's the right thing to do. My ten week old son, Mills, and I were happy  to talk about the benefits of the policy to a few media outlets this week. You can view one of the stories here.  

Also this week I had the opportunity to attend the Public Safety Committee meeting and ask some questions of our new police chief Erika Shields. We had a productive conversation as a committee about some much needed reforms and how to reimagine policing in our city. I plan to have a one-on-one sit down with Chief Shields soon. If you have questions for her, please send them to me at, and I'll ask her as many as I can.

Finally, February is Black History Month. One way I'll be honoring it is by supporting Black-owned businesses in District 8. I urge you to join me--Monday we will be putting out a list on our Facebook page.

Thanks for reading, and be in touch with questions!


Paid Parental Leave

Joining Councilwoman Green to discuss the importance of paid parental leave policies--with our babies in tow!