LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer earned a third term on Tuesday, defeating Metro Council member Angela Leet and eight other challengers.

Fischer, a Democrat who was first elected in 2010, had captured 61 percent of the vote with 96 percent of precincts reporting. Leet, a Republican seeking to become Metro government’s first GOP mayor since the city-county merger, was next with 37 percent.

Fischer ran on a record that included job creation and economic development. He claims that under his watch, Louisville has added more than 70,000 jobs and reduced unemployment.

Leet has focused on the city’s murder rate, which included record homicides in Fischer’s second term, and sought to tie the mayor to a sex abuse scandal in a police youth program.

Speaking to supporters in Louisville Tuesday night, Fischer said the city has momentum and opportunity, but that leaders need to do more to ensure that more citizens are included. 

"I have never been more hopeful about the future of our city," he said. "And I promise the people of Louisville we are just getting started." 

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