Louisville Magazine

MAR 2019

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liveinlou.com 124 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 3.19 Paul Bather, eyeing a seat in the state House, approached Hamilton, then the board clerk, to run for his seat. "Most people get into office because they want to do it. ey feel that they have something to offer and they want to make a contribution," Hamilton says. "Well, I guess you could say other people saw that in me. (People) were like, 'It's your time,' and I was like, 'Oh, gosh, no.'" Hamilton's clerk job on the board of alderman was a behind-the-scenes position that allowed her to work with department heads and the mayor. (She worked under five mayors from the '70s until the end of her last term.) "You're working with everybody that affects city government and you're working with the public," she says. "I learned a lot about government on the inside…so I felt more confident at that point running." Before Hamilton entered office in 2000, she says, the exiting aldermen invited back all the former members who were still living. "I looked at all those folks and I said, 'Well, I'm just as talented as they are.' I said, 'I can do this. ey're just normal, everyday people.' at gave me a little confidence that, OK, Cheri, you're stepping out here," she says. During her last term in office, Hamilton approached Waterfront Park president David Karem to see about extending the park along the river to the western part of the city. He told her that, actually, there had always been a plan for that. So she pushed for money in the budget over the past couple years to get it going again. Now it's one of many major projects underway in west Louisville. "West Louisville deserves to prosper like any other neighborhood," Hamilton says. "e West End — we used to say the best end. And I still feel that it has the potential to get back to that." "West Louisville deserves to prosper like any other neighborhood," Hamilton says. "The West End — we used to say the best end. And I still feel that it has the potential to get back to that."

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