What vision do we all share for District 8 and Louisville? The chance to embody Louisville’s welcoming spirit towards ALL people – our neighbors who already live here, the ones we will attract, and the employers who will flock to a Louisville that moves enthusiastically into a fairer, better, bolder future. Let’s build it together.
How cool is it that one of the most popular events of Louisville’s year is our ACLU of Kentucky / Fairness Campaign “We The People” dinner, nourished over the years by local heroes Susan Hershberg, Michael Aldridge, and Chris Hartman?
I was so proud to be a sponsor of any event whose rock stars are our own progressive leaders, including: Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3), Mayor Greg Fischer, Mayor Jim Gray, Mary Lou Marzian, State Senator Morgan Mcgarvey, and Jim Wayne.
So much fun to talk marriage with Greg Bourke (second from left) and Michael DeLeon (right) – it took the Supreme Court (and Louisville’s own Judge John Heyburn) to grant them in 2015 the same rights Emily and I always had. Louisville should be proud of these civil rights heroes – and I appreciate their support and friendship.
I truly love Louisville – in part because of the friends and community it has brought me. Now those friends are supporters, and you can hear from some of them in our new video. Check it out!
My campaign “officially” kicked off this month with a high-energy event at the Mellow Mushroom. (Check out this recent story on the my friend Andy Blieden’s successful renovation of this Highlands brownfield into a neighrbood gem) More than 200 friends, old and new, joined me and my family for the start of what I know will be an exciting, invigorating and gratifying experience.
David Jones, Jr. and Mary Gwen Wheeler gave eloquent introductions, and then I told everyone who gathered for the kickoff what I’ll be telling voters as I knock on doors for the next three months. As a Metro Council member, I plan to work with my constituents, my colleagues and all Louisvillians to help make our city a better place to live, raise a family or start a business. In equal measure, I will draw on my experience as a successful business owner and supporter of progressive causes, while actively listening to residents’ ideas and concerns. I approach this process with humility and a willingness to work with and for my neighbors.
Thanks to everyone who made the timme to support me on this big night. I can’t do this alone, and I’m grateful to know so many great people are behind me.