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Mayor's race update

by Joe Arnold


Posted on February 9, 2010 at 1:50 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 9 at 1:38 AM

Catching up on the Louisville mayor's race, (Click here for links to the mayoral candidates' websites),  I spoke to a well-connected  Louisville insider who is tight with several of the candidates on Monday, who offered that it is a wide open race. 

Though the U.S. Senate contest has, admittedly, captured much of my attention, lately, this mayor's race is fascinating and we will be covering it intensely.

Note to all campaigns:  please add me to your e-mail list, jarnold@whas11.com.  Some campaign's news releases have been inconsistently delivered to my inbox.  I want to make sure each candidate has access.

Here are a few updates:

The Courier-Journal's Sean Rose reports that 11 mayoral candidates attended a forum on the arts Monday night.

 Louisville mojo's Rick Redding comments on Tyler Allen's response to a Courier-Journal editorial admonishing mayoral candidates to "get with the plan" and jump on board the Ohio River Bridges Project as is.  (The Tyler Allen statement is reprinted below.

Candidate Shannon White writes that her campaign headquarters' grand opening is scheduled for Thursday, February 18th.
White says it is already up and running.
We have chosen the St. Matthews Station building because it sits at one of the busiest and most visible intersections in Louisville; Shelbyville Road and Breckinridge Lane.  
We willl host a grand opening celebration on February 18th at 10:00 a.m. This special occasion will allow people an opportunity to meet Shannon, and become more familiar with our exciting vision for Louisville.


Tyler Allen statement on Courier-Journal editorial:

The charade continues.  I strongly disagree with the CJ’s editorial of February 5 calling on the “next wave of community leaders to get with the plan.”  Now is not the time to “get with the plan”, now is the time for real leaders to step forward and publicly say enough is enough.

The “plan” in this case is the Ohio River Bridges Project and the Tolling Authority set up to finance it by tolling the citizens of this community.  The need to build the East End Bridge has been clear for more than half a century!  The fact that it is not yet built has had enormous consequences for this community’s belief that we can “get things done.”  The solution to this problem is to build the East End Bridge, not continue down an unrealistic path in the wrong direction.

It is a shame that the CJ has been taken in by the fantasy that the current bridges proposal is what the citizens want and the city needs.  The idea that we are stuck with a political compromise set in motion before merger, and that has never been publicly vetted by our elected leaders since merger, is very bad public policy.

Must Louisville bury its downtown under a $2 Billion 23 Lane-Wide New Spaghetti Junction just to have the privilege of connecting I-265?  Must Jeffersonville double the size of I-65 through its downtown just so its citizens can finally bypass downtown on a East End Bridge on their morning commute to work?  The answer is ‘NO’.  Let’s be clear, we cannot set our city back just because very powerful people do not want an East End Bridge.

Gov. Daniels told the authority at its first meeting that they “need to be creative” to get this financed.  Creativity cannot be limited to where to look for money (especially since it’s clear they are looking mostly into our pockets).  Creativity demands looking at the needs and scaling the project down to what we can afford to build.   

Critics of mine, including the CJ, have said I’m a one issue candidate.  Interestingly, they clearly believe that my so called “one issue” is “the most important civic undertaking in the metro region and is pivotal to the area’s economic future.”  Wow, we better get this right.  The CJ thinks the candidates for Mayor should get in line.  Louisville deserves a “new wave” of leaders who don’t get in line, but rather listen to the citizens, demonstrate a vision and move Louisville forward... starting with an East End Bridge!