LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Bob Devore is the only Republican who filed by Tuesday's deadline to challenge Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, a Democrat, in the fall election, WDRB has learned.

The Jefferson County Republican Party did not recruit Devore and had no advance knowledge of his candidacy, party chairman Nathan Haney said Tuesday.

Devore, who did not immediately return a call, appears to have run for U.S. Rep. John Yamurth's seat in Congress in 2008. He was a UPS employee and Fern Creek-area resident at the time, with previous experience on the McCreary County school board, according to the Courier-Journal's 2008 Voter Guide.

Despite the party's best efforts, Haney said no prominent local Republican could be convinced to take on Fischer, who has "a pretty high favorability rating" in Louisville. Instead, the party is focused on other priorities like winning seats in the Kentucky House, he said.

"If we could have gotten a marque candidate to run for mayor, he would be running," Haney said.

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