Councilmember Shayla D. Lynch was honorably elected in November 2022 to represent her neighbors who live in the 2nd City Council District. Shayla is a proud native of Hopkinsville, Kentucky and is a 1997 graduate of Hopkinsville High School. In 2001 she graduated from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, where she earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Government, and she is also a 2004 graduate of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, where she earned a Juris Doctorate degree. Shayla is also proud to be a 2018 – 2019 graduate of Leadership Lexington.
In addition to her role as Councilmember, Shayla is the Executive Director of the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning.
Shayla is excited to bring her wealth of knowledge and experience as a nonprofit professional to effectively serve her neighbors in the 2nd District and all residents of Lexington. For over 15 years, Shayla advocated for housing equality for all Kentuckians. As a result of her commitment to this work, she was later appointed to serve on the Neighborhoods in Transition Task Force and as the Housing and Gentrification Sub-Committee Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Commission for Racial Justice and Equality.
Additionally, Shayla cultivated strong partnerships throughout the community when she led the Ampersand Sexual Violence Resource Center of the Bluegrass and advocated for the needs of Survivors. She previously served on the board of the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs and the Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Coalition.
Shayla has a heart for service, so she regularly volunteers throughout the community. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and currently serves on the board for Lexington Habitat for Humanity. Shayla has also been a longtime volunteer with Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass and enjoys teaching youth about entrepreneurship. Shayla is also a former member of the Fayette County Public Schools Equity Council.
Exercise is Shayla’s favorite form of self-care; thus, if she isn’t teaching a group fitness class or conducting a personal training session, she can be found running on some of her favorite trails located in the 2nd District.
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About District 2
The 2nd District is one of the largest and fastest growing Council districts. Geographically, it extends from West Main Street to Newtown inside of New Circle Road. Outside of New Circle Road, it extends from Leestown Road to Newtown Pike and includes Citation Blvd, Mercer Road and Spurr Road.
Some of the neighborhoods located in the 2nd District include St. Martin's Village, Griffin Gate, Georgetown Street Area, Masterson Station, Coventry, Kearney Hall and Belmont Farms, to name just a few.
It is home to Sandersville Elementary School, Coventry Oak Elementary School, STEAM Academy, Locust Trace AgriScience Center, Rise STEM Academy for Girls and the Black and Williams Neighborhood Center
Additionally, it has some great tourism and recreational opportunities including the the Town Branch Trail, Masterson Station Park, the Legacy Trail, Whitney Young Park and Coldstream Park.