Greg Fischer talks to WHAS11 News about his plans for Louisville


Posted on November 3, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 15 at 3:35 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - For the first time in 8 years, Louisville will have a new mayor.

Democrat Greg Fischer narrowly defeated Republican Hal Heiner in a tight race; with just 6,000 votes deciding the winner.

Greg Fischer had lunch with his family at Wagner's Pharmacy after a hard fought race for Louisville Mayor.

But don't let that fool you, after his win, he's got a lot on his plate.

Democrat Greg Fischer talked a lot about inclusion after he defeated Republican Hal Heiner.

Fischer won the tight race for Louisville Mayor with 51 percent of the votes.

We talked to him about how he did it.

"Over 350 people giving us ideas on how to improve our City and I think it was that reaching out all over the City and county and bringing those in that pushed us over the top," said Fischer.

But there is a lot of work to do as Fischer takes office in January.

As Mayor Jerry Abramson leaves after more than 20 years, Fischer will be only the second metro mayor after the city/county government merger in 2003.

There was a great divide between voters: Fischer dominating ballots within the old Louisville city limits and Heiner hitting the old Jefferson County limits.

Fischer ran a private business with his family before the election and pledged to have a new eastern Jefferson County bridge started in the next four years.

"You'll see me spend a lot of time, that's what I enjoy, all throughout the county. In my businesses and non-profits I've said whoever is the best in the world we want to understand who that is and what the organization is and we want to beat them," said Fischer.

Fischer will be sworn-in on January 3.