Swanson Appointed to Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council Seat

April 07, 2020

Dr. Mark Swanson, associate professor of Health, Behavior & Society at the UK College of Public Health, has been appointed by Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton to fill the unexpired term of late Lexington-Fayette Urban County Councilman Jake Gibbs. 


Swanson will represent the 3rd District, an area that includes much of downtown and many neighborhoods surrounding the University of Kentucky.


“I’m honored by the confidence Mayor Gorton has shown in me with this appointment and I look forward to serving my neighbors in the 3rd District in these unprecedented and challenging times,” Swanson said at a press conference. Swanson said he was friends with Gibbs for more than two decades and will honor his legacy during the next eight months.


No stranger to city government, Swanson is a member of the Lexington Environmental Commission and has served on other community boards including the advocacy committee of the American Heart Association.


“Mark is well prepared to be the council member for the 3rd District,” Gorton said. “He has worked to improve economic opportunity in our downtown neighborhoods. And he is a faculty member at the University of Kentucky, which is another important part of the district.”


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