In an announcement on the waterfront Wednesday, the Democratic candidate laid out a platform of government transparency that he says will involve the community in big decisions.
“For too long, basically, the few have controlled what the future of this community may or may not look like,” says Allen. “And it’s time for us—we the people—to step forth, share our vision, our passion for the future. Because I think we know what a bright future, what positive change, what productive change can look like.”
The declaration comes at a time when some Metro Council members are expressing unhappiness with the power of the mayor’s office.
One of those council members, Tina Ward-Pugh endorsed Allen. She says his position outside of government will likely help his campaign.
“There’s always an interest in people who are outside the system,” she says. “I am excited when regular citizens are excited enough and believe they have a vision and believe they have the energy to make a difference step up and do that.”
Metro Council President David Tandy, Councilman Jim King, businessman Greg Fischer and west Louisville resident Connie Marshall are also running as Democrats. Councilman Hal Heiner and developer Chris Thieneman are seeking the mayor’s office as Republicans. Coffee shop owner and professor Nimbus Couzin is running as an independent.