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Tyler Allen

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If you've lived in Louisville for long, you've probably seen the oversized images of well-known Louisvillians – such as Colonal Sanders, Diane Sawyer and Muhammad Ali – that hang from the sides of downtown buildings. If so, you've already seen the results of Tyler Allen's handiwork.

Those hangings were designed by USA Image Technologies, a digital printing company Allen founded when he was 25.

According to the biography released to Fox 41 by Allen's campaign, his political career was launched clear back in his Atherton High School days when Allen was elected student body president. He went on to graduate from Northwestern University.

In 2005, Allen co-founded the 8664 movement, an organization that opposes the Ohio River Bridges Project.

"I – perhaps more publicly than most – have tried to put forth an idea and challenged the current set of thinking," he told Fox 41's Bennett Haeberle regarding that experience. "I challenged a system that wasn't actually moving forward. That conversation got shut down pretty good. We had to fight awfully hard to be heard, even as whoever we talked to all over this region wanted a conversation to happen."

Allen has made no bones about the fact that he plans to continue his 8664 agenda if he becomes mayor of Louisville.

"The first thing that I would do – which is a first component of 8664 and just so happens to be hugely popular among the citizens of the whole region – would be building an East End bridge as quickly as possible," Allen told LEO magazine in an interview. "There has been no issue in this community where the interest of the few has stymied the opportunity of the many quite like that. When we get that bridge off the ground, that will open up the possibility of the next conversation…clearly we know where my values lie on that."

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