Heiner, Fischer disagree on Abramson, gaming in first mayor forum

06/24/2010 03:34 PM

LOUISVILLE — Facing off for the first time in the general election, Louisville mayor candidates Greg Fischer and Hal Heiner didn’t stray far off their general paths Thursday during the first mayor forum, which was hosted by the Home Builders Association of Louisville.

While the candidates agreed on a few main points — more jobs, a better Louisville and transparency — they differed on their individual approaches to achieving those goals starting with how they would stack up to the current administration.

Throughout the forum, Heiner called for an open, business-friendly government with little red tape and a mayor with strong economic direction. Heiner said he would lobby hard for the city with an expanded presence in Frankfort in order to send more tax revenue back to the state’s largest city. He also routinely criticized Abramson’s administration, calling it “arrogant.”

Both candidates urged for an “urban coalition” of the state’s largest cities to band together in Frankfort.

Fischer repeatedly touted his ability to form coalitions and his belief in customer service throughout the debate as well as keeping Louisville’s originality as a strong selling point of the city.

But the two couldn’t agree on how to introduce expanded gaming into the state, a consistent topic in Frankfort which if allowed would greatly benefit Louisville-based Churchill Downs.

The more than one hour debate can be seen in full on FOX41 in Louisville starting at 8 p.m.

—Reporting by Kenny Colston, video produced by Holly Thompson

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