The 5th District is one of the oddest shaped districts in the city with one section on this side of the river. As a result of river dividing the district it often feels like this side gets less attention. One of the 3 candidates Lee Shewmake lives in Woodland Heights and she is running against incumbent Marty Jewell, and challenger Parker C. Agelasto. RTD takes a look at the race with plenty of quotes from all the involved parties.
Both of Jewell’s opponents say the district — a diverse mix of neighborhoods including Carytown, parts of the Fan, Randolph, Byrd Park, Oregon Hill and Woodland Heights, among others — needs better representation.
They took aim at Jewell’s style — he is a regular critic of Mayor Dwight C. Jones’ administration and not shy about voicing his concerns at public meetings — and both say they could do a better job delivering results for residents and responding to their concerns.
Jewell, who is seeking his fourth term on the council, defended his record, adding that he is an “advocate for the voiceless” and has pushed to deliver a reduced crime rate and better streets.