Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson hopes his legacy as “Mayor for Life” is one that points to a positive change in a city’s attitude.
Abramson announced yesterday he’s not running for re-election to a sixth term as Mayor, but will instead run for Lt. Governor of Kentucky.
Abramson says Louisville has changed a lot from when he first took the office of Mayor in the old City of Louisville.
“When I came in in 1985, we were a community that saw the glass half-empty. We really needed to reenergize ourselves,” says Abramson. “and I think, based on the successes we’ve had, whether it’s the expansion of the airport or the building of the baseball park and now, most recently, the arena, there was a day when this community would step park and say ‘No, we can’t do that. We can’t get that done.’”
Abramson will finish out his second term as mayor of Metro Louisville next year.
The 62-year-old Abramson says he was close to deciding to run for a final term as mayor, but couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work with Governor Steve Beshear.