Bill Dieruf

Jeffersontown Mayor Bill Dieruf 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Republican Bill Dieruf, the mayor of Jeffersontown, plans to officially announce his candidacy for mayor of Metro Louisville next week, his campaign says.

The announcement is scheduled for June 9.

A press advisory says Dieruf, who has served three terms as mayor of suburban J-town, “will provide details on his plans to bring successes in Jeffersontown during his tenure to the larger stage of Louisville Metro Government.”

Dieruf is the second elected official — and first mayor — to enter the race to replace Greg Fischer, who is in the middle of his third and final term as Louisville mayor. Metro Council President David James, a Democrat, also is seeking the seat.

Dieruf was a member of J-town's city council for 10 years before he was elected mayor in 2010.  

Others who have formally announced they will run include Louisville businessman Craig Greenberg; Rev. Tim Findley; activist and organizer Shameka Parrish-Wright; and funeral home owner Anthony Oxendine.

Fischer’s term in office is set to end in January 2023.

A bill that would have made the Louisville mayor's race nonpartisan and limit the mayor to two terms died in the Kentucky General Assembly earlier this year. 

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