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Mayor's Race: Tandy declares, Democrats lining up

by joe.arnold


Posted on August 16, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 22 at 1:19 PM

Louisville Metro Council President David Tandy is running for mayor of Louisville.

Tandy told the congregation of St. Stephen Baptist Church Sunday morning that he will run to replace Mayor Jerry Abramson. He asked for their prayers ahead of filing paperwork with the state on Monday that will allow him to begin raising money for his campaign.

When I talked to Tandy, Saturday, he requested that we not bring our cameras for Sunday's message to his fellow church members so as not to politicize the church. But he did talk extensively with me on camera for our Sunday newscasts.

With Louisville poised to replace "Mayor for Life" Jerry Abramson, I am keeping track of possible candidates in the May 2010 primaries and November election. Here is what we know so far. Please add your comments!


Metro Council President David Tandy: Had always said he would run for mayor if Abramson decided not to run. Attorney with Stoll-Keenon-Ogden. Treasurer of Kentucky Democratic Party. Has three children under the age of five and acknowledges the impact on his family is a factor in his decision to run. Would be Louisville's first African-American mayor.
Odds of running: 100%

Metro Council Budget Jim King: Officially undecided, but says he will announce his decision in the "near future." His fellow council members would be shocked if he did not run for Mayor. President & CEO of King Southern Banks and the CPA firm, King & Company. Daughter is Judge Katie King. Jim King's contributions to her campaign have been questioned. In his role on the Metro Council, King has already set an agenda for a future role as mayor, most recently in identifying which areas of the city budget are "mission critical," and which areas should be cut.
Odds of running: 99%

Businessman Greg Fischer: First Democrat to declare his candidacy, which he did almost immediately after Abramson announced he was not seeking reelection. Venture capitalist with ties to the powerful Brown family. In his first race for public office, Fischer finished second to Bruce Lunsford in the 2008 Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.
"I intend to utilize both my business and political experience in serving this city. I will deliver tax efficient, high-quality city services to all our residents in every neighborhood."
Odds of running: 100%

Businessman Tyler Allen: The founder of the 8664 highway plan tells me he is "leaning toward" running, but has no timeline. His 8664 identity is a double-edged sword. It casts him as a visionary in the race, but also threatens to marginalize him as a one-issue candidate. Owns "grand format" printing company USA Image Technologies.
Odds of running: 80%

Businessman Bruce Lunsford: I have not yet spoken to Lunsford about his interest, but I have heard whispers here and there. He has shown resiliency and ambition in previous attempts for governor and U.S. Senate and has created tens of thousands of local jobs. Movie maker, horse owner and a wild card.
Odds of running: 35%

Republican candidates follow in a separate blog post.