Thursday, February 11, 2010

2010 Mayoral Campaign Commentary - Tyler Allen

In my life, I have found myself in the company of a wide, strange variety of people. I have been known to hang around and make friends with estranged family members, dregs of society, anarchists, millionaires, hill people, those known as the "elite", horsemen, trade unionists, hippies, lawyers, business owners, gun nuts, losers, winners and sometimes...politicians and political candidates. This past fall, just as the foliage was getting golden, I had the opportunity to sit down with Tyler Allen, Democratic candidate for Metro Mayor. All of the traditional rules I have for meeting with candidates were pitched out the window because of Allen's honesty and his extraordinary ability to make you feel as though you have known him forever. Rarely have I met a person running for such a high profile office that was so personable, humble and brimming with excitement for not only the future of Louisville's businesses or economy, but also for the well-being of it's citizens. It was just the two of us. No attorneys or campaign staff were present, and at no time did his eyes dart around the room while we spoke or do that little look over the shoulder weirdness or check his watch or show any fear whatsoever. But make no mistake...he isn't naive. He is just that damned good.

He asked me questions. Questions that were specific to Southwest Louisville, and he asked lot of them. That tells me he wants to understand what makes us tick. He wants to know what we, as a part of Greater Metro Louisville, expect from our mayor and our council. Tyler Allen is listening.

He hasn't raised a load of money and isn't running a huge, Washington D.C. style campaign like some of his opponents. What he does have are ideas, and the are Good Ones that require your immediate attention. I am telling you this because it is my sincere hope that each and every one of you will spend some time browsing his website and getting to know Tyler and his positions. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to ask him.

Tyler Allen is a serious candidate and is spectacularly qualified. I hope he earns your consideration.  He would make a wonderful mayor.


  1. Well put. It's great when people "get" what Tyler is about.

  2. Tyler is by far the class of the Democratic field of candidates. I have spoke with him a few times and he is always personable and air free. The fact that he asked you questions is no surprise at all Brian. He always wants to know what is going on. A real plus in my book.

    Ed Springston