Jerry Abramson – A Winner (10/21/10)
In less than two weeks, Louisville will choose a new Mayor. And whoever wins, he'll be succeeding a man whose name has become so synonymous with the office he's only half-jokingly come to be known as the "Mayor for Life."
Actually, Jerry Abramson has only served as Mayor for 21 of the past 25 years. But it would be hard to overstate the positive impact he's had on this city during his long tenure.
Since his first inauguration in 1986, Louisville has grown and evolved in so many positive ways, it's hard to list them all.
Waterfront Park. Slugger Field. The KFC YUM! Center. The expanded Louisville International Airport. The UPS Air Hub. Operation Brightside.
All these improvements -- and many more – have Mayor Abramson's fingerprints all over them.
And his administration has not only been one of accomplishment, but also one of class and integrity. He's shunned negativity, stayed on the high road and never shirked his obligation to personally represent the city at every conceivable event, large or small.
I'm confident that if Jerry Abramson wanted to run for another term, he'd win again – easily. But someone new will have that job in few months. And I don't necessarily envy whoever it is.
Because when it comes to tough acts to follow, Jerry Abramson has to rank near the top of the list.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.