Councilman James Peden was elected to the first Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Council in November 2002. He represents the suburban cities of Hollow Creek, Spring Mill and Heritage Creek as well as the neighborhoods of Highview, Okolona and Fern Creek.
Peden holds a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in teaching from the University of Louisville. He has worked for J.C.P.S for 23 years and is currently the testing specialist at Jeffersontown High School. Councilman Peden is married to wife Debbie with daughters McKenna and Cailin.
His civic involvement includes serving as a major with the Highview Fire Department, where he retired in 2013 after 26 years. He is a member of the Jefferson County Teachers Association.
Peden believes the important issues facing the 23rd District include continuing to fight for responsible development, continuing to work with the state to improve infrastructure around the district and to add more retail options to the area.