Evans leaving Council to pursue master’s degree

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Sixth District Lexington Fayette Urban Council member Angela Evans is resigning from the board July 31 to pursue a Masters in Public Policy degree at Princeton University.

“I have longed to find solutions to issues that have been brought to the forefront of public conversations due to the COVID pandemic… deficiencies and racial disparities in our healthcare system, dispelling mental illness stigmas, and eradicating racial and economic inequalities in the judicial system,” Evans, who is a lawyer, said at a press conference Wednesday morning announcing her decision. “Strong and effective policies are the tools government uses to solve these problems and learning about public policy from and with some of the best and brightest minds from across the world is an opportunity I could not resist.”

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Last year Evans was recruited to apply to Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs for the highly competitive program focused on rigorous quantitative and qualitative analysis, essential to implementing effective policies. Princeton exhibited a true commitment to public service and extraordinary dedication to ensuring an inclusive learning environment, therefore, Evans made the decision to accept the offer of admission, she said.

“Public service truly is the greatest challenge and the greatest honor. Serving as your 6th District Councilmember over the past five years has been an amazing and humbling experience.  I am deeply grateful for the support and encouragement so many of you have given me throughout the years. We have accomplished so much: ensuring the Liberty Road widening project included valuable input from citizens; developed relationships between neighborhoods and businesses with the first Mary Todd Park Day; re-established neighborhood associations and supported existing ones; and forged relationships with high school students through the Youth Citizens Academy and other civic projects. But there is so much more to do and I encourage everyone to remain engaged and be a part of the solutions,” Evans said during her statement.

“We will miss Angela,” Mayor Linda Gorton said. “She has been an excellent councilmember, who has fought hard for the needs of her District.”

In addition to stepping down, Evans, a Lexington native who earned a degree in social work with honors from Clark Atlanta University and her law degree from the University of Tennessee, also is removing her name from the Nov. 3 general election ballot which will leave David Kloiber, a first-time candidate who is the president of the Kloiber Foundation, unopposed.

Gorton will have 30 days from the vacancy to appoint someone to fill the seat and serve the remainder of Evans term through the end of this year. She could appoint Kloiber. The appointment must be approved by the Urban Council.

The 6th District includes neighborhoods along the Winchester Road corridor, including Hamburg.

Prior to her election to the Lexington Fayette Urban County Council in 2015, Evans served as General Counsel to former Kentucky Secretary of State, Trey Grayson, and as Assistant
Attorney General to former Kentucky Attorney General, Jack Conway. She began her legal career as a Public Defender in Lexington, representing indigent clients in misdemeanor and felony court.

In her official capacity, Evans served on Lexington’s Homelessness Prevention & Intervention Board that is charged with ensuring efficient and effective systems are in place throughout the city to provide citizens access to shelter, food and other basic needs.

In 2015, Evans became only the second female of color to ever serve on on the council.