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Caroll Witten unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic Party nomination for Mayor of Louisville in 1973. A white doctor and President of the Board of Aldermen, he was a proponent of civil rights and very popular among African American voters. He would ultimately lose the nomination to eventual winner Harvey I. Sloane.
Witten was an Air Force navigator in WWII who was held as a prisoner of war after his plane was shot down over Germany. After the war, he completed medical school and practiced as a family physician. He was a staunch supporter of affordable health care and led an experimental program to offer Medicaid to 40,000 Jefferson County citizens. He died in 1993 at age 69.