LOUISVILLE (Oct. 14, 2010) -- Saying that Greg Fischer is the best candidate to lead Louisville into the future, leading Independent candidate Jackie Green announced today that he’s withdrawing from the mayor’s race and endorsing Fischer.
“Fischer’s vision for a sustainable Louisville represents our community’s best chance to improve our environment, support renewable energy and improve public transportation,” Green said.
Fischer welcomes Green’s endorsement, saying he brought important issues to light in the mayor’s race.
“Jackie represents an important and growing voice in our community. I appreciate his support, and I look forward to his continued input,” Fischer said. “I want to establish Louisville as one of America’s greenest cities and Jackie Green – and his many passionate supporters—can help with that vision.”
Fischer has announced plans to create the Office of Sustainability, a Cabinet-level department that reports directly to the mayor and works to make Louisville a greener city. Fischer said he will consult with Green to provide significant input to help structure that office.
“Green can bring a very valuable perspective to the office,” Fischer said.
(WHAS11) During a telephone interview this evening, former Mayoral Candidate Jackie Green, who dropped out of the race and endorsed Democrat Greg Fischer, said, “This has been a struggle.” Green also said he is “at peace with where he is with all of this.”
A news release issued by the Greg Fischer campaign just before 7 p.m. said Fischer has plans to create “The Office of Sustainability”, a Cabinet-level department that reports directly to the mayor and works to make Louisville a greener city. Fischer said he will consult with Green to provide significant input to help structure that office.”
According to Chris Poynter, a spokesperson for the Greg Fischer campaign, “Jackie will have a role in shaping policy along with a lot of other voices.” Poynter said no other promises were made to Green.
Green said he had consulted with Republican candidate Hal Heiner. However, he said one of his differences with Heiner is Heiner’s view of the importance of downtown and downtown development. Green said downtown is the heart of the city. He also said, “If you don’t’ take care of the heart the body dies.”
In a statement released tonight, Joe Burgan, Hal Heiner’s campaign manager said,” If Greg Fischer has such poor judgment that he believes it’s acceptable to sell a city department of government in exchange for a political endorsement he is clearly unfit to be mayor.”