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Dan Wu cruises to the city's number two spot, as Ellinger and Brown take citywide council seats

Josh James

Two familiar faces will become citywide council members and a newcomer will take over as Lexington’s vice mayor.

Chuck Ellinger is keeping his at-large council seat, while First District councilman James Brown will advance to at-large as well.

Meanwhile, Dan Wu – who was born in China and came to the United States as a child – rocketed to the number two seat. The entrepreneur and activist said the results reveal a city ready for change.

"I think Lexington is ready for some new voices, new perspectives, and new ideas."
Vice Mayor-Elect Dan Wu

As for his quick rise in Lexington politics, the vice mayor-elect credits a lively grassroots campaign and his understanding of the issues.

"I did a lot of homework and I studied the issues, and I tried to really engage with people one-on-one," Wu explains. "We had a huge ground game, canvassing over 24,000 doors all over Lexington, so it was just that person, one-on-one contact."

Wu said he looks forward to working with returning mayor Linda Gorton, especially on public safety and housing and development.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.