Greg Fischer (Kentucky)
|Mayor of Louisville|
|2010 - Present|
|Years in position||4|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Trinity High School|
|Place of birth||Louisville, KY|
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.
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."
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. 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.
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."
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.
In 2010, Fischer defeated Hal Heiner (R), Nimbus Couzin (I) and Jerry Mills (I).
|Mayor of Louisville, 2010|
|Source: Jefferson County Elections Results 2010|
Fischer and his wife, Dr. Alexandra Gerassimides, have four children: Eleni, George, Nick and Mary.
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- Louisville, Kentucky
- Louisville, Kentucky mayoral election, 2014
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- Office of the Mayor, "Biography," accessed April 22, 2014
- Courier Journal, "Council members aim to boost local min wage," September 8, 2014
- E&E Publishing, "Louisville, fastest-warming city in U.S., reaches for the brakes," August 18, 2014
- WFPL, "Mayor Greg Fischer Releases Draft of Plan to Make Louisville Greener," January 31, 2013
- WFPL, "Louisville Metro Council Approves Mayor Greg Fischer's LG&E Fee," June 5, 2014
- Kentucky State Board of Elections, "2014 Kentucky Election Calendar," accessed January 31, 2014
- Louisville/Jefferson County Election Center, "Jefferson County Candidate Filings," accessed January 31, 2014
- Jefferson County Elections, "2010 General Election Results," accessed on September 11, 2014
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