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Primary election 2022: Breaking down the hot Louisville Mayoral race

It might seem like it's too soon to talk politics but the primary election is coming up soon. Here's a look at the candidates running right now.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Next week, Louisville residents will be tasked with electing a new mayor. This is the first time in 12 years incumbent Mayor Greg Fischer won't be on the ticket. 

In October 2021, those who had declared campaigns raked in more than a million dollars combined through their fundraising efforts, according to financial filings published Oct. 2, 2021.

Fundraising is a major part of political campaigns today. It provides money for a variety of things, allowing candidates to pay their staff and buy supplies like the fliers you get in the mail and yard signs you see pop up around town during elections.

As of October 2021, the top three earners in the Louisville mayoral race were Craig Greenberg (D), Bill Dieruf (R) and David Nicholson (D), who have raised a combined $1.3 million.

Greenburg, a Louisville businessman, had raised the most money of all the candidates at the time, with his campaign bringing in $820,000 to date.

Bill Dieruf raised the most on the Republican side with $225,000 in total and Nicholson, the only other six-figure earner in the race, has raised $210,000 so far.

The primary election for Louisville's mayoral race is on May 17, 2022. The general election will follow on Nov. 8, 2022.

Twelve candidates, eight Democrats and four Republicans, have announced bids to run in the Louisville Metro mayoral primary.

Democrats 

  • Timothy Findley Jr.
  • Craig Greenberg 
  • David Nicholson
  • Shameka Parrish-Wright
  • Skylar Graudick
  • Sergio Lopez
  • Anthony Oxendine
  • Colin Hardin

Republicans 

  • Bill Dieruf 
  • Philip Molestina 
  • Rob Stark Reishman Jr.
  • Chartrael Hall

Louisville mayors are term-limited after three consecutive four-year terms, so Fischer - who won his first election in 2010 - is ineligible for reelection.

Note: You won't find any of the candidates running for governor on this ballot. Kentucky's next gubernatorial race happens in 2023.

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