Let the Competition Begin (3/30/06)
I think Jerry Abramson has done a very good job as Mayor of Louisville.
Downtown is booming. City-county merger was accomplished pretty smoothly. And we continue to be one of America's most livable cities.
But I'm still glad Kelly Downard plans to challenge the Mayor for his job this fall.
This doesn't mean I'm endorsing anyone. That's one thing I won't do. The only way you'll know my choice is if you're in the voting booth with me on Election Day.
But I do value serious and open discussion of the many issues that still face this community. And through no fault of Mayor Abramson, such productive debate has been missing from recent mayoral elections.
But not this time. With a credible candidate like Downard in the race, both men will have to make their positions on a number of important issues crystal clear. Issues like development outside the center city, police and firefighter unrest, and the community's long-range goals. Voters will be exposed to two very distinct visions. And whoever wins will have a real obligation to take some risks and to follow through on significant pledges.
A truly competitive process should make the next Mayor's term the most significant in decades, no matter who gets the job. And that'll make us all winners.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my Point of View.