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Downard Will Not Run For Mayor!

  In a brief press release sent by Steve Haag, Communications Director for the Minority Caucus of Louisville Metro Council, it was announced the Kelly Downard will not run for mayor.

  Mr. Downard ran against the current mayor, Jerry Abramson, during the last election. Since the mayor has announced that he will not be seeking re-election, opting to rather run with Governor Steve Beshear as his Lt. Governor nominee,  much speculation has thrown Mr. Downard’s name into the mix.

  Mr. Kelly Downard is the first Republican to state that he will not be seeking the office, and is the first current member of council to state that they will not be running for the position. Other council members whose names have come up is Jim King, and David Tandy.  At present neither one of these men have committed to running for the position, though  they have not denied the claims.

  Other Republicans whose name has been included is Ken Fleming and Kevin Kramer, but there are various issues that could keep them from running, as they are both up for re-election for their council seats.

  Following is the text of the press release sent from Steve Haag:

 

Louisville, KY: Metro Councilman Kelly Downard (District 16) has decided against a run for the position of Louisville Metro Mayor in 2010. Councilman Downard, who has served on the Metro Council since the onset of Merger in 2003, stated, “In 2006 I chose to run because I felt change was needed and that this community deserved a fresh voice in local government. Many qualified persons have already announced their interest in leading our community. These bright, qualified new leaders have given me the assurance that a new team will be leading our city as we try to reclaim our spot as a leader among our competitor cities.”

 

Councilman Downard, who is the vice-chair of the Metro Council’s Budget Committee and Chairman of the Council’s Government Oversight, Accountability, Ethics and Audit Committee, will remain on the Metro Council where he will continue to increase government transparency, seek out efficiencies and fight fraud within Metro Government.

“I would like to thank the hundreds of people who have contacted me and encouraged me to run,” said Downard. “Although my name will not be on the ballot, I pledge to actively work to further our common goals, and ensure that our next mayor will be able to move our community in a positive direction.”

July 29, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , ,

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