Policy rollouts from candidates for mayor of Louisville continued Tuesday as Democrat Jim King unveiled his economic plan for the city.
King’s plan calls for more support for small and local businesses. He cites the recent controversy over Baltimore-based developer Cordish’s use of a forgivable loan as something he would avoid if elected.
“We should be giving those local businesses forgivable loans,” he says. “You know, we gave a $900,000 forgivable loan to Cordish to redevelop a bowling alley. What I always say is we took a bowling alley and we turned it into a bowling alley.”
King also said he supports building two new bridges over the Ohio River, and a light industrial and business park in west Louisville. King is one of eight Democrats running for mayor. Three Republicans and at least three independent candidates are also running.
Two Courier-Journal/WHAS11 Bluegrass Polls have put King in third place in the field of Democrats, directly behind Greg Fischer and David Tandy.
King says his own polls show him in second place, ahead of Tandy but still trailing Fischer, though those results aren’t unexpected.
“We came from pretty far back, I think,” he says. “Fischer had just run for Senate and had a county-wide organization, statewide organization actually, and we began building ours from scratch last fall.”
King says his data indicates he needs 4,000 votes to take the lead. He plans to continue running campaign ads and making appearances in the community to boost his numbers.