Posted By Charles Gazaway - email
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The first Republican candidate for mayor of Louisville jumped in the ring Tuesday. Louisville developer Chris Thieneman says he will run as a fiscal conservative who will demand transparency from Metro government.
In 2008, Thieneman ran in the Republican primary for the 3rd Congressional district.
Other possible Republican candidates for mayor include two current members of the Louisville Metro Council, Hal Heiner and Doug Hawkins. Attorney Jim Ellis is also said to be considering a run for the seat.
"As I went through in the last election, when I was pressured into stepping aside because they wanted one candidate, they did not want the people to chose who their next representative was. That's not what democracy is about and include and I encourage anyone and everyone to get into this race," said Thieneman.
Several Democrats have announced their intent to run to replace Jerry Abramson, the current mayor. They are Metro Council president David Tandy, Councilman Jim King, businessman Greg Fischer and Connie Marshall.