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Bill Hollander

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Bill Hollander
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Louisville City Council, District 9
In office
January 5, 2015 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 0
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sHarvard University
J.D.Indiana University School of Law
Office website
Campaign website
Bill Hollander is a Democratic member of the Louisville, Kentucky City Council, representing District 9. He was elected to the council on November 4, 2014, and was sworn into office on January 5, 2015.[1]


Hollander holds a B.A. in Government from Harvard University and a J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law. His professional experience includes working as a managing partner of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP,; serving as the President of the Crescent Hill Community Council and the Peterson-Dumesnil House Foundation; and serving in various capacities in several other community organizations. Hollander was also a Bingham Fellow at the Louisville Leadership Center from 1995-1996.[2]


Minimum wage

  • At a debate with his District 9 opponent, Laura A. Rice, on September 22, 2014, Hollander expressed support for raising Louisville's minimum wage, saying, "The minimum wage started in 1938, it’s been widely accepted but in recent years it hasn’t kept up with the cost of living. The minimum wage paycheck now is worth less now than it was 45 years ago, and frankly that’s a disgrace."[3]

Campaign themes


On his campaign website, Hollander addressed the following issues:[4]

Neighborhood Safety

  • Excerpt: "Government’s first priority should be the safety of its citizens. Although violent crime is more prevalent in parts of Louisville outside District 9, no crime is “petty” to the victim. A recent rash of residential and vehicle break-ins in our neighborhoods is especially concerning. At City Hall, Bill will partner with the police to ensure that they are doing everything they can to prevent and solve crimes. Bill will work across the district to empower neighbors to take important precautions and look out for one another."


  • Excerpt: "On the Metro Council, Bill will support the expansion of citywide preventive health programs. Alongside Mayor Fischer, Bill will support community infrastructure – including affordable housing initiatives – that promotes exercise and healthy living. In our neighborhoods, Bill will provide funding for additional sidewalks and work to make the district – and our entire city -- more bicycle friendly."


  • Excerpt: "Beginning with high-quality early childhood education and ending with a college or technical degree, we have to do more to ensure that our community has the tools it needs to succeed. As your councilman, Bill will help build a city of lifelong learning by supporting Every1Reads and our public libraries, something Bill does today as Vice Chair of the Library Foundation. Bill will also work to make sure that more families have access to quality, affordable Pre-K programs and the necessary information to enter higher education."

Minimum Wage

  • Excerpt: "Bill has long supported an increase in the minimum wage, at the federal and state levels. He supports an increase in Louisville's minimum wage, assuming further study finds such an increase legal and enforceable under state law. If that is the case, an increase should be promptly passed."



See also: Louisville, Kentucky city council elections, 2014

The city of Louisville, Kentucky held elections for city council on November 4, 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. In the Democratic primary for District 9, Bill Hollander defeated Stephen P. Imhoff, Greg Bourke, Bette Niemi, Jane Natalie Bennett, Jason Clark, Benjamin Vaughan, Jonathan Mussel White, J.P. Davis, Mike Brooks, Geoffrey Morris, Chris Hartley and Mollie Younger Noe. Laura A. Rice (R) was unopposed in the Republican primary. Hollander defeated Rice in the general election.[5][6][7][8]

Louisville City Council, District 9, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBill Hollander 61.3% 7,943
     Republican Laura A. Rice 38.6% 5,000
     Other Write-in 0.1% 10
Total Votes 12,953
Source: Jefferson County Clerk's Office - 2014 General Election Results
Louisville City Council, District 9 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBill Hollander 27.7% 1,288
Stephen P. Imhoff 6.3% 294
Greg Bourke 3.4% 158
Bette Niemi 5.3% 244
Jane Natalie Bennett 6.8% 315
Jason Clark 0.5% 23
Benjamin Vaughan 2.2% 100
Jonathan Mussel White 3.2% 149
J.P. Davis 10.7% 496
Mike Brooks 7.3% 339
Geoffrey Morris 2.8% 129
Chris Hartley 18.7% 871
Mollie Younger Noe 5.2% 240
Total Votes 4,646
Source: Jefferson County Clerk - Official primary election results

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Preceded by
Tina Ward-Pugh
Louisville City Council, District 9
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