Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Greg Fischer Announces Plans for Mayoral Run

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 20, 2009) – Greg Fischer, a prominent Louisville businessman and former Democratic candidate for the United States Senate, today announced he will file a letter of intent to run for the office of Mayor of Metro Louisville.
“Louisville is at a crossroads as we consider new directions for the twenty-first century,” Fischer said. “Not only are my sights set on creating an open and diverse culture within Metro government, but I feel the time has clearly come to unleash the potential of one of the most unique cities in America. We must find new ways to harness Louisville’s energy.”
Fischer, who has a long history of leadership and public service in the community, entered the 2008 U.S. Senate race a year ago as a relative unknown. In this first effort seeking elected office, Fischer finished second out of seven in the Democratic field, earning a reputation throughout the Commonwealth for approachability, sincerity and energetic campaigning.
Fischer, known for his team building skills and results orientation, made his mark in the business community in a diverse number of roles: as a founder, job creator, investor and chief executive in many well known Louisville area companies including SerVend International, Dant Clayton Corporation, MedVenture Technology, bCatalyst and Vogt Ice.
“I intend to utilize both my business and political experience in serving this city. I will deliver tax efficient, high-quality city services to all our residents in every neighborhood,” Fischer said. “I also understand the critical role Louisville plays as an engine to our state’s economy, and I will be a strong, vocal leader for our community in Frankfort and throughout the Commonwealth.”
Fischer’s community service in Louisville was highlighted during his chairmanship of the Louisville Science Center, where he helped raise more than $20 million to refurbish the Center. Greg also currently serves on the non-profit boards of the Waterfront Development Corporation, Jewish Hospital Board of Trustees and the University of Louisville Board of Overseers.
“Louisville needs a strong CEO. I look forward to applying my decades of management and leadership experience in building business and community partnerships as the mayor of our city.”
Fischer has spent the last several months talking to Louisville citizens about the needs of the community. “With Steve Beshear and Jerry Abramson joining forces for the 2011 gubernatorial campaign, now is the time for a new mayor to shift gears and build on the long record of accomplishment of both the Abramson and David Armstrong administrations, and to lead the community to even greater heights.”
Fischer, 51 and a native of Louisville, is married to Dr. Alexandra Gerassimides, a local physician. The Fischers have four children.
A public announcement and event kicking off the Fischer for Mayor campaign will be announced in the coming weeks.
For more information, visit www.gregfischer.com, email info@gregfischer.com or call 502-552-3599.

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