Council District 1, James Brown

Headshot of Councilmember James Brown

On April 6, 2015, James Brown was appointed by former Mayor Jim Gray to fill the unexpired term of Chris Ford, who resigned to serve as the city’s Commissioner of Social Services. During a special election in November 2015, James was officially elected to the position of 1st District Councilmember.

A native of Lexington, Ky., James is a graduate of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. James’ previous employment includes stints at Lexmark and GTE, before beginning a career in the automotive industry, working for 13 years at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing plant in Georgetown, Ky. After that, James made a career change becoming a full-time real estate professional.

James is extremely passionate about service to neighborhoods and the local school system. He has served as the President of the Radcliffe–Marlboro Neighborhood Association and helped initiate several neighborhood programs. He served as President of the 16th District PTA and participated in the Fayette County Public Schools superintendent search process and the 2015 Rezoning Committee.

In the business community, James has participated in multiple community leadership programs, such as Commerce Lexington’s Leadership Central Kentucky (2011), BCTC’s Citizens’ Leadership Academy (2012) and is a Certified Tourism Ambassador through the Lexington Visitor & Tourism Bureau.

James and his wife, Charmayne, have three children.

Task Force on Neighborhoods in Transition

Purpose – To identify ways to protect vulnerable residents from the consequences of neighborhood redevelopment and transformation, with an emphasis on preserving history and the culture of communities.

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About district 1

The first district boundaries include portions of downtown Lexington north of Main Street including, the east end neighborhood, parts of the west end and as far north as Interstate 75. Some of the major corridors in the District include Georgetown Street, Newtown Pike, Russell Cave Road, N. Limestone, N. Broadway and Midland Avenue.

The district is made up of over 15 neighborhood parks and community centers including two parks that are over 100 years old, Duncan Park and Douglass Park. Many of the District’s downtown neighborhoods are on the National Register of Historic Places such as homes on Constitution Street, Elsmere Park and in Gratz Park. Most recently, the legendary Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center was renovated and reopened in 2010, as well as the Charles Young Community Center and park in 2012.

The City has adopted three small area plans in the district. Those areas include the Central Sector, the East End neighborhood and the Winburn & Russell Cave Road Neighborhoods.  

Serves on….


Planning & Public Safety Committee, Chair

General Government & Social Services Committee

Budget, Finance & Economic Development Committee

Task Force on Neighborhoods in Transition, Chair

Corridors Commission, Chair

Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center Board of Directors

Lexington Convention Center & Visitors Bureau Board of Directors

Public Arts Commission

Affordable Housing Governing Board

Infill & Redevelopment Steering Committee