Mayoral candidate profile: TYLER ALLEN - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Mayoral candidate profile: TYLER ALLEN


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Bennett Haeberle begins his profiles of Louisville's mayoral candidates, beginning with Tyler Allen, the co-founder of 86-64.

Tyler Allen admits his challenge will be separate himself from the other mayoral candidates.  He started online. While almost all the candidates have websites, Allen was the first to begin posting weekly online videocasts.

It's a way he says to engage people in "a conversation" -- a phrase he uses often.  "I think it is critically important that people start sharing with their neighbor what they think is important," he says.

Allen says his grass-roots mentality began before 86-64, the transportation group he helped co-found that calls for building an East End bridge and replacing Interstate 64 through downtown with a local access boulevard.  Critics have charged him with being a one-issue candidate, but he maintains, "I would invite people to understand that I am a lot more that, but I am also that because it is instructive and indicative of the way I believe to have big ideas, thoughtful ideas, and engage community about moving this city forward."

Allen lacks political experience, but has made numerous appearances before lawmakers.  He also founded USA Image Technologies, a local company he says has created jobs in Louisville. 

When asked, "It took you longer than five months to get the message of 86-64 out there, how do you compete with that?"   He replies, "There is no question. Obviously in a campaign there will be very direct opportunities to engage with the other candidate and therefore engage the public."

Allen says he knows Louisville's next mayor will face financial hardships, and that public safety funding could be altered to better suit neighborhood development.  "I would think some policy changes like public safety like neighborhood development and public health are going to be critical right off the bat," he says.

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