Crit Luallen represents the highest standard of public service that I expect to see in my lifetime. Among the many ways she has served us: as Founder of the Governor’s School of the Arts, as Head of the Greater Louisville Economic Development Partnership (predecessor to GLI); as two-term Auditor of the Commonwealth; and as our Lieutenant Governor. I have known and admired Crit for 20 years. But I never imagined I would earn her endorsement. Here is a letter she wrote about my campaign (the Courier-Journal has published it as an op-ed):
Having worked with seven governors and held statewide office as auditor and lieutenant governor, I have learned the value of strong elected leaders and candidates who can take the torch as it is passed to their generation.
Which is why I was so pleased when I heard that Stephen Reily had decided to run for elected office as a candidate for the Metro Council’s 8th District.Having worked with seven governors and held statewide office as auditor and lieutenant governor, I have learned the value of strong elected leaders and candidates who can take the torch as it is passed to their generation.
An entrepreneur, Stephen is passionate about Louisville and has a proven record of producing results at all levels of his community engagement. He has worked to grow the economy through the Greater Louisville Project; he brought a focus to improving educational attainment through his work with 55,000 Degrees; and he is the driving force behind the new West Louisville FoodPort, which is creating desperately needed local jobs as well as a more sustainable future for local agriculture.
I have long admired the way Stephen and his wife, Emily Bingham, have supported Kentucky’s women. They have fought for access to reproductive health services and have been steadfast backers of Emerge Kentucky, a statewide program that identifies, trains and encourages women to run for office. And the company he founded and continues to operate, IMC/Vibrant Nation, is a thriving firm staffed and led entirely by women.
At a time when it is easy to become discouraged about the political process, it gives me hope to see someone of Stephen’s caliber step forward. Stephen will bring a clear and positive vision for the community’s future to the job. His decisions on the Metro Council will be marked by integrity and a strong moral compass – and they will be informed by listening to and learning from the people he serves.
I am proud to endorse Stephen Reily and encourage voters to support him for Metro Council in the Democratic primary election on May 17.