Meet Jim King...
Jim King story is one of perseverance, determination and success -- qualities that our new mayor will need if he is to address the many challenges our community faces when Mayor Abramson steps aside to run with Governor Steve Beshear as his Lt Governor in 2011.
Like many families living in Louisville's St. Joe neighborhood in the early 1950s, Jim King was one of eight children born to working class parents. In his childhood years, Jim's mother took care of the home and family while his father drove a laundry truck to make ends meet.
Although Jim enjoyed many wonderful childhood memories growing up and considered himself fortunate to attend elementary school at St. Raphael, Jim learned early that life wasn't always fair and seldom easy. At thirteen his parents divorced, leaving his mother to care for eight growing children. Despite the economic hardship, Jim's mother kept the family together. And like his older sisters, Jim rolled up his sleeves, working odd jobs around the neighborhood to help pay the bills.
There were three important lessons that Jim learned during this difficult period in his life -- lessons he's never forgotten: the importance of family, the importance of a hard work ethic and that anything worth having is worth fighting for. Little did Jim realize at the time that these valuable lessons would pay huge dividends later in life.