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Thunder attracts candidates

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Candidates' strategies are divided on how "efficient" it is to campaign at Thunder Over Louisville, with its out of towners and others who just don't care.

But with an election getting closer, there's no rest for politics.

"It doesn't take a break. I understand that Thunder Over Louisville is a holiday, so to speak, in Louisville, but you don't take a break from things like that," said spectator Sarah Ayres.  She said she'd listen to a candidate who would stop by her perch on the Great Lawn and say hello.

"All the nice Louisvillians are out," Ayres said.

And half a million or more of the nice Louisvillians -- and plenty of others like Sarah Ayres -- are attractive targets for those who want to be mayor.

We found four of the candidates in different Thunder venues, including Tyler Allen, complete with his 8664 charts and "the" setting to make his point about new Ohio River bridges.

"We're down on the waterfront, with a hugely important civic gathering and it's right underneath I-64, that the bridges project is going to expand massively. There will be 15 years of construction, so who knows what Thunder will even be like," Allen, a Democrat, said.

It can be difficult to make an impression between passes of a fighter jet.

Thunder's one of several stops for Democrat Greg Fischer, who doesn't mind that many of the spectators are from out of town.

"People want a mayor that's accessible and is a genuine person. Not everyone's here from Louisville or from the region, but the mayor needs to be a mayor for the region today.

Democrat Jim King stayed away from the large crowd but entertained business clients and supporters atop Witherspoon garage.

"I may be missing that opportunity. But today's a family day for us," King said.

Walking in the crowd was a priority for Republican Hal Heiner and his supporters, decked in bright blue.

"It's mostly important to be seen. A few people will come up, shake hands, and those kind of things, but I want to show this campaign is concerned about every corner of this community," Heiner said.

Thunder's not just important because of the numbers of people. Take a look at the calendar and you'll see the Kentucky primary's a month from Sunday.

"This weekend we're putting out our yard signs or beginning to put them out. And we probably had a few on the way down to Thunder that people were able to see," King said.

"There's also a third who are saying we've just begun to study, ready to go to the polling place on May 18th. These next 30 days will be the most intense time of the campaign," Heiner said.

Some of the campaigns were waiting to send people with signs and t-shirts closer to the fireworks show, when even more people could see them.

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