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Republican Mayor Mike Moore wins second term over councilman Dennis Julius

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Throughout the campaign, Moore touted the city’s growth and development in recent years -- in part spurred by the opening of the Big Four pedestrian bridge. Throughout the campaign, Moore touted the city’s growth and development in recent years -- in part spurred by the opening of the Big Four pedestrian bridge.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – It was a contentious race, with the two candidates sparring long before election season, but in the end, Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore, a Republican, won a second term Tuesday night, beating city councilman Dennis Julius.

Moore held off Julius, up by about 1,000 votes. Clark County Sheriff Jamey Noel said about 500 absentee ballots remain to be counted, but he did not expect them to change the results.

"By golly, we did it," Moore said during his acceptance speech. "We all can share in the good, that’s not something for one person, that’s something for all of us. I can’t do it without the city council’s help. I’m asking for their help."

Throughout the campaign, Moore touted the city’s growth and development in recent years -- in part spurred by the opening of the Big Four pedestrian bridge -- while Julius argued the mayor was taking credit for the work of others.

"We felt good going into the day," Moore said after the victory. "We did everything we knew possibly to do. We were organized, we had a plan that we laid out -- carried it out. Things worked out well for us."

The mayor has been at odds with the city council for his entire term.

"It takes more than cutting a ribbon to prove your leadership," Julius said last month.

"How convenient for him to say that, seeing as how he's not in the Mayor's seat," Moore responded.

Jeffersonville is reaping the benefits of the Ohio River Bridges Project and consistent expansion at River Ridge Commerce Park.  Moore has said the city has brought in 6,000 jobs, and 2,000 new residents during his first four years in office.

"Hopefully nobody on the next city council announces to run against me in the second month of the next term, but I hope everyone just sits back and realizes how good the city of Jeffersonville has it right now," Moore said.

Julius argued that projects like Big Four Station, a new marina, and downtown development were already in the works. He focused on infrastructure, better management of growth in the east end of the city and fixing residents' long-standing complaints. 

Both parties spent big on TV ads for a city of fewer than 50,000 residents. 

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