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Fischer and Bevin promise to put politics aside

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Will politics get in the way of progress for Louisville?

WDRB questioned the city's Democratic Mayor and the Republican Governor-elect, about whether they can work together to get things done.

Mayor Greg Fischer worked hand-in-hand with fellow Democrat, Gov. Steve Beshear.

Now, both Fischer and Republican Governor-elect Matt Bevin say, for Louisville's sake, they'll put partisan politics aside.

During the campaign for governor, Fischer actively supported Democrat Jack Conway.

“Do we want a candidate who will ensure everyone has great jobs and great careers? Then please welcome our next governor, Jack Conway,” Fischer told a crowd gathered at a Louisville restaurant two days before the election during a Conway stop in Louisville.

But Conway was swamped in the election, and Fischer now, for the first time, will not have a Democratic ally in the Governor's Mansion.

WDRB asked Fischer whether it will be a different dynamic having to work across party lines.

“It might be. I just look at how do we get things done. And to be honest with you I don't look at people as Democrats or Republicans,” said Fischer.

On Veterans Day, Fischer and Bevin marched together in the parade through downtown Louisville. Now they promise to be in lockstep when it comes to Louisville's economic development.

"Greg has been a friend of mine - Mayor Fischer has been a friend of mine for many, many years. And I look forward to working with him,” Bevin told WDRB News.

The fact that both have a business background, and both are from Louisville, could help offset their politics.

“We've got to have a good, educated work force. We got to recruit people to town. In my mind, those are not partisan issues. And people that make them partisan are not very effective,” said Fischer.

But Fischer and Bevin do have differences. They're on opposite sides when it comes to issues such as raising the minimum wage and passing a right to work law.

“He's a little more liberal than I am. I'm a little more conservative than he is. But he's a businessman, I'm a businessman, and we want to see the economy in this area and in this state thrive,” said Bevin.

The first big test of the new relationship could come early in 2016.

Fischer is the driving force behind passage of the Local Option Sales Tax.

Bevin opposes it, but also says he's willing to listen.

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