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Thieneman Enters Mayor's Race

Louisville developer Chris Thieneman has become the first Republican to announce his candidacy in the mayor’s race.

Thieneman declared his candidacy this week after deciding to drop a lawsuit over the use of city funds to renovate a bowling alley in 4th Street Live. The renovation has prompted a battle in city government over the power of the mayor’s office. Thieneman is campaigning in part on a platform of changing the balance of power to give the Metro Council more authority.

Thieneman ran unsuccessfully for Congress last year, and in 2007 he led the successful campaign against the library tax. He’s the first Republican to enter the mayor’s race, though councilman Hal Heiner is considering a bid.

Metro Council President David Tandy, councilman Jim King and businessman Greg Fischer have all declared their candidacies for mayor as Democrats. Coffee shop owner and professor Nimbus Couzin is running as an independent.

All are running to succeed Mayor Jerry Abramson, who is seeking the Lieutenant Governor’s post on Governor Steve Beshear’s ticket.

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Independent Candidate Enters Mayors Race

A Louisville coffee shop owner says he’ll enter the 2010 race for Louisville Metro Mayor as an independent candidate.

Dr. Nimbus Couzin is the owner of Ray’s Monkey House in the Highlands and a former professor of physics who plans to run on a campaign of sustainable urban development and support of small businesses over larger developers.

Couzin says he plans to compete against more well known candidates by refraining from party politics and by building grassroots support.

“There is a fair amount of grumbling among both parties, both Democrats and Republicans and I think this really is a good time for somebody to step in and say, ‘Hey, maybe we don’t want exactly the same thing we’ve been getting over and over again.'”

So far only Democrat Greg Fischer has declared his candidacy for Metro Mayor. Couzin says he plans to file his candidacy papers today.