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Former Mayor Armstrong, Rep. Mazzoli endorse Fischer

by Joe Arnold


Posted on April 22, 2010 at 5:06 PM

News release:

Fischer Endorsed by David Armstrong, Former Louisville Mayor & Jefferson County Judge Executive:
Also by Former Congressman Ron Mazzoli and Others
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 22, 2010) – The Greg Fischer for Mayor campaign continues to gain momentum in the mayoral primary with today’s announcement by former Louisville Mayor and Jefferson County Judge Executive David Armstrong that he is endorsing Fischer as the best candidate for Mayor of Louisville Metro.  Armstrong said, “I am in a unique position, as Jefferson County Judge Executive for nine years and Mayor of Louisville for 4 years prior to merger, to know who can best lead Louisville Metro as Mayor.  And, as one of the most active leaders of the merger campaign, I clearly see that the promise of merger has not yet been fulfilled.   Our community needs Greg Fischer as our Mayor because he knows the importance of making good on the promise of merger.”   
Armstrong noted, “I’ve known Greg Fischer for over 20 years.  He has integrity, a clear vision for our future, a passion for Louisville and its people, and is a conscientious worker.  He has experience creating jobs, believes in open, honest and accessible government, and understands the importance of safe neighborhoods in which everyone can live, work and play.  He will represent all the citizens of Jefferson County -- from the east end to the west end, from downtown to the south end, and from the southeast to the southwest.   It's why I'm honored to endorse Greg Fischer for Mayor and to vote for him on May 18th.  I ask that you do so, too.”
Armstrong made his announcement at Riverside:  Farnsley-Moreman Landing, a restoration project championed by Armstrong while in office, during Fischer’s roll out of his Energy and Environment Services Plan on Earth Day.
Former Congressman Ron Mazzoli said, “It’s been my position over the years to endorse platforms over people.  But, in this election, I am endorsing Greg Fischer as an exceptional person because Greg has the intelligence, energy, vision and work ethic to be a successful candidate and Mayor.”
Also endorsing Fischer today are: State Representatives Mary Lou Marzian and Steve Riggs and State Senator Tim Shaughnessy. 
Representative Steve Riggs commented, “I support Greg Fischer for Mayor of Louisville Metro because he's a good listener, views problems as challenges and seeks innovative solutions to them, and has a successful entrepreneurial background.  He maintains a strong sense of reasonableness about him which makes it easier for him to bring diverse groups of people together and help them reach a consensus on important issues and projects.  I don’t believe he would rely on only one or two advisors for important advice. I'm also convinced Greg will push for Louisville to receive a better share of investments coming from Frankfort.”
Fischer also has the endorsements of:  State Senators Denise Harper Angel and Perry Clark; State Representatives Larry Clark, Tom Burch, Charlie Miller, and Ron Weston; Shively Mayor Sherry Conner; Metro Councilman Brent T. Ackerson; Commissioner Marvin Clements; and former elected officials:  Supreme Court Justice Martin E. Johnstone (retired), former State Senators Lindy Casebier and Danny Meyer; and former State Representative Susan Stokes.
In addition, Fischer has been endorsed by: United Auto Workers; Laborers’ International Union Local 576; National Conference of Firemen and Oilers/Service Employees International Union (NCFO/SEIU); Kentucky Laborers’ District Council; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; Plumbers, Pipefitters & HVAC Service Technicians Local 502; International Union of Electrical Workers Local 761 IUE-CWA; the United Steelworkers Locals 1696, 155 and 367; Sprinkler Fitters Local 669; the Greater Louisville AFL-CIO Retirees Council; the Louisville Professional Firefighters Local 345; the Louisville Federation of Retired Firefighters; the Retired Police & Firefighters Advocates, Inc.; the Sierra Club; the Metropolitan Louisville Women’s Political Caucus and Animals to the Rescue.