Heather Hadi, Joseph Hale advance to general election in Lexington council District 7

Heather A. Hadi and Joseph Hale will face off in the November general election to represent District 7 on the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council.

Primary voters chose them from a field of four candidates that also included Frank Cannavo and William Matthew Housh.

Unofficial results indicate that Hadi got about 40% of the vote, Hale got about 25%, Cannavo received about 21% and Housh had about 14%.

They are running for the seat currently held by Preston Worley, who has served on the council since 2017 and announced in December he would not run again.

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The 7th District includes areas off Richmond Road and Athens-Boonesboro Road, including neighborhoods around Woodhill and Codell drives, Squires Road and Hays Boulevard.

Hadi is an immigration and family law attorney who grew up in Lexington.

“I’m incredibly humbled to have the overwhelming support from my neighbors and friends here in Lexington,” she said in a statement

Tuesday night. “We have a lot of momentum heading into the General Election, and I’m looking forward to continue sharing my vision for the future of Lexington.”

Hale, who ran unsuccessfully against Worley in 2022, is the IT coordinator for the Emergency Response and Preparedness Branch of the state’s Department for Public Health and a pastor who runs a mentoring program for boys.

“Thank you to the people of District 7,” he said in a statement. “I am very excited about this election season, and even more excited about serving our community. District 7 deserves a voice, influence, and a vote at council, and I’m determined to be just that. “

Both Hadi and Hale mentioned the availability of affordable housing as a topic they’re concerned about.

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