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Thieneman Files for Vacant State Senate Seat

Former Louisville mayoral candidate Chris Thieneman has filed as a Republican candidate for the 37th District state Senate seat, but he could face a close political ally in the GOP primary.

The local developer has been a perennial candidate for years, vying unsuccessfully for mayor, county clerk and Congress. But Thieneman has become a popular activist over the years after first gaining notoriety as a leader of the opposition to the proposed library tax in 2007.

Thieneman says being a critic of Metro Government and working on legislation from outside state government has given him a perspective that he needs to make a difference at the state level.

“Everything that Louisville is comes out of Frankfort, so I want to help Louisville, my home town, my end of town that we’ve always felt has been neglected. And they know I have a strong voice and their best interest at heart. So I feel really good about this race,” he says.

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Local News Next Louisville

Heiner's Lead Grows, Fischer And King Gain In Latest Poll

by Gabe Bullard

The two frontrunners in the primaries for Louisville mayor are holding on to their leads according to a new poll.

A Bluegrass Poll commissioned by the Courier-Journal and WHAS11 shows the number of undecided voters in the Republican and Democratic primaries shrinking by about half. Benefiting from the drop are Democrat Greg Fischer and Republican Hal Heiner. Fischer now holds 42 percent of the vote among Democrats, marking an 11 point increase from a similar poll released last month. Behind Fischer is Metro Councilman Jim King, who gained eight points and holds 21 percent of the vote. King has overtaken fellow Councilman David Tandy, who dropped to third with 13 percent of the vote. He previously polled at 16 percent.

In the Republican primary, Chris Thieneman remained in second place with 25 percent, but Councilman Hal Heiner strengthened his lead. He now polls at 63 percent, up from 42 percent last month.

In both races, 11 percent of likely voters were undecided.

The full results:

Democrats:

  • Greg Fischer – 42
  • Jim King – 21
  • David Tandy – 13
  • Tyler Allen – 7
  • Shannon White – 2
  • Connie Marshall -2
  • Burrell Farnsley – 2
  • Lisa Moxley – 1
  • Undecided – 11

Republicans:

  • Hal Heiner – 63
  • Chris Thieneman – 25
  • Jonathan Robertson – 1
  • Undecided – 11
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Local News Next Louisville

Candidates Meet At Manual High School

by Gabe Bullard

Transportation and education were among the main topics of discussion Thursday as nine candidates for Louisville mayor took part in a forum at DuPont Manual High School.

For about two hours, the candidates fielded questions from students on the bridges project, fairness law, the 2003 merger and the school district’s assignment plan.

Manual senior Carmen Mitchell says no single candidate came out ahead in the forum, but each excelled at different times. She says the responses that resonated most with the audience dealt with how the candidates would make the city better for today’s high school students.

“I think that is a number one concern for all of us, especially in the unstable economic times that we have right now, we want to know, Is this a place we can consider for our futures?” she says.

Democrats Lisa Moxley, Tyler Allen, Shannon White, Greg Fischer and David Tandy all participated in the forum. Republicans Hal Heiner, Chris Thieneman and Jonathan Robertson also took part, as did independent candidate Jackie Green.

Download mp3 audio of the forum. (Due to technical difficulties, there is a slight gap in between the end of Shannon White’s opening statement and the beginning of Tyler Allen’s opening statement)

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Local News Next Louisville

AUDIO: GOP Mayoral Candidates At Louisville Forum

The three Republican candidates for Louisville mayor discussed the issues during the monthly Louisville Forum Wednesday.

Jonathon Robertson, Hal Heiner and Chris Thieneman (pictured, from left) fielded questions about the Metro Government budget, library funding, ethics and other topics.

(Photo by Steve Haag, Louisville Forum)