Greg Fischer (Kentucky)

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Greg Fischer
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Mayor of Louisville
Incumbent
In office
2010 - Present
Term ends
2014
Years in position 4
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$34,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolTrinity High School
Bachelor'sVanderbilt University
Personal
Birthday1/14/1958
Place of birthLouisville, KY
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Greg Fischer (b. January 14, 1958) is the current Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky. He was first elected to the position in 2010.

Biography

Fischer earned his B.S. in Economics from Vanderbilt University. His professional experience includes founding and operating several businesses such as SerVend International, Iceberg Ventures and bCatalyst.[1]

Issues

Minimum wage

In September 2014, Democratic members of the Louisville City Council proposed an ordinance to raise the city's minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour over the course of a three year period. Mayor Fischer's office expressed interest in the proposal and noted the mayor's support for raising the minimum wage at the federal level. However, according to Louisville's Courier Journal, Fischer wanted to hear from "businesses, advocates, citizens, and faith groups," before establishing a stance. Bob DeVore (R), Fischer's opponent in the 2014 election, spoke out against the proposal, saying that it would "place a large burden on small businesses in providing quality services to our customers with fewer employees."[2]

Sustainability

A study conducted by the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2012 found that "since the 1960s, urban Louisville, Ky., saw its temperature rise above that of its surroundings at a rate greater than any other city in the country and more than double the warming rate of the planet as a whole." The causes of Louisville's rising temperatures that the study pointed out were many, ranging from the ecology of the Ohio River Valley to the city's trees, but urban planning was cited as a significant contributor.[3] Fischer campaigned on the issue in 2010 - after preliminary studies had already hinted at the problem. After being elected, he created the Office of Sustainability to spearhead environmental and sustainability initiatives. In January 2013, he released a list of nineteen goals for the city to achieve between 2013 and 2040. The goals touched upon issues such as transportation, sustainable farming and land usage.[4]

Natural gas

Fischer supported a measure that increased the cost of natural gas in Louisville by 2% - an increase that many of the measure's opponents argued would be passed on to consumers. The fee increase was part of Fischer's 2014 budget, forming a core part of his plan to increase funding for public safety and youth programs. He claimed that it would raise enough revenue to hire twenty-four new police officers. City council approved the measure twelve to ten on June 5, 2014. Afterwards, Fischer released a statement saying, "[t]his is a great day for public safety in Louisville. The vote is a strategic investment in our city that will put more police officers on the street and increase programs for youth while benefiting our entire community."[5]

Elections

2014

See also: Louisville, Kentucky mayoral election, 2014

Elections for the Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky will be held on November 4, 2014. A primary took place on May 20, 2014. Incumbent Greg Fischer (D) will face Bob DeVore (R) in the general election.[6][7]

2010

In 2010, Fischer defeated Hal Heiner (R), Nimbus Couzin (I) and Jerry Mills (I).[8]

Mayor of Louisville, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGreg Fischer 51.1% 132,050
     Republican Hal Heiner 48.5% 125,178
     Independent Nimbus Couzin 0.2% 499
     Independent Jerry Mills 0.2% 474
Total Votes 258,201
Source: Jefferson County Elections Results 2010

Personal

Fischer and his wife, Dr. Alexandra Gerassimides, have four children: Eleni, George, Nick and Mary.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jerry Abramson
Mayor of Louisville
2010–Present
Succeeded by
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