Louisville Magazine

OCT 2018

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56 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 10.18 on Metro Council since 2002 and lost in the May primary — "yet we can't expect the same from our mayor." She delivered the contrast with the stinging attitude that she often employs when referring to Mayor Fischer. "Members of government get to operate by a different set of rules than the private citizen, and I think it's time for that to stop." "After I did that," Leet says later, "I literally rolled up in a ball and fell asleep." By lunchtime, Leet is meeting with a group of mostly women at Long John Silver's on West Broadway to talk issues. Wanda McIntyre hands out fliers for an event to feed the homeless on Labor Day weekend, while about 15 people gather in the restaurant's parking lot. "Hi! I'm Angela Leet," Leet says to a woman, who wraps her arms around her. "Oh, good, you're a hugger! Me too." e Rev. Bryan K. Litton, senior pastor at Israel Missionary Baptist Church in west Louisville, joins the group. "Oh, my God. He gave the most inspirational sermon," Leet gushes to some of the women. "e one I was talking about where he was talking about connectivity. Here's the guy." Connectivity is huge for Leet. She says that humans need three things to thrive: safety, respect and connections. If they don't have connections, she says, they don't have anyone to turn to when their car breaks down or if they lose a job. "I want to thank everybody for coming out," McIntyre says, "and I want everybody to know that we've been with Angela from the beginning of her signing in. And we've been her prayer partner. We've been praying every step of the way, and we feel that this is the lord's doin', and it is marvelous. We've been on the parade. Wore me out on the parade doin' the — what was that? e Irish parade?" "St. Patrick's Day!" Leet says. McIntyre and Leet met through an organization that held a crime discussion. "When I read that she had words against the chief of police, I said, 'at's my kind of girl.' You know, you need a fighter." Inside, over fried fish, hushpuppies and sweet tea, the group settles in. e Rev. Litton leads a prayer before the meal but doesn't stay long. "I guess I'll see you next weekend?" Leet says. "Saturday, yes," he says. "Have more to say, now." "I will!" "I asked her to come up and she made a few points and said, 'I don't know what to say. Praise Jesus!' And the whole church just said, Ahhh! Wonderful." "He had just given the most moving sermon. I was not gonna go up there and say anything that was more inspirational, so I didn't say anything at all." "You said, 'Praise Jesus,'" McIntyre says. "at was a lot." Leet huddles at a table with three other women, discussing evictions, a lack of full-time employment options, financial literacy. One woman, 36 and a grandmother, talks about what can be done about teen moms. "I've asked about it, even on our budgeting meeting on Metro Council," Leet says, "I'm like, well, I see program after program after program for male juveniles. Where is it for the girls? Last time I checked, they're the ones who're having those boys." "I went to Jeffersonville High School," one woman says. "We had a daycare at our school. I just want help the young mothers who are really struggling." "One thing I have heard multiple times: Some of these people don't have hope, so they give up before they start. How do we change that?" Leet says. e women shake their heads and shrug their shoulders. "It's hard," one says. When Metro Council amended and passed the mayor's budget in June, Leet issued a statement explaining her "no" vote, saying that it did not adequately address jail overcrowding, drug addiction and mental health, or the need to make the city more economically competitive, among other things. District 9 Councilman Bill Hollander replied to her tweet of the statement, writing: "e way you change the budget is by offering amendments and gathering support for them from colleagues. Several members did that. @ CWAngelaLeet didn't." Council President and Democrat David James calls Leet a friend. She says she gets along with everyone on Metro Council. (As she's walking into City Hall one time, Democratic Councilman David Yates drives by and sends her a honk and a wave.) "When she came on (Metro Council), she asked the council members to take rides through each district to get to know them and the districts," James says. "She has an engineer's process and watches and examines parts of government. She genuinely cares about the city." While he shares some of her criticisms of Mayor Fischer — such as safety concerns, EMS and police department personnel retention issues, and not holding the police chief accountable for the Explorer case — he continues to support Fischer and is pleased with how he has been pushing to make boards and commissions more inclusive than the typically all-white, predominately male makeup that operated before him. James says he thinks the city is a great place to live and work. "We'll look back on this time and say, 'at's when it really took off,'" he says. Even though he gets along with Leet, he says that he tends to disagree with her on some of the platforms that the Republican Party takes on a national and state level. "I go to a lot of events, and Fischer has a standing ovation. Although (Leet has) been at the same events, she's been largely ignored in the West End. She's fighting that Republican brand," says radio host Claudette Milner.

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