Heiner snares second Democratic endorsement in Louisville mayor's race

09/09/2010 06:10 PM

LOUISVILLE — A former Democratic mayoral candidate and key voice in the Ohio River Bridges Project debate crossed parties to endorse Republican nominee Hal Heiner as the next mayor of Louisville on Thursday.

Tyler Allen, who finished fourth out of seven candidates in the May 18 mayoral primary, announced his support of Heiner at a news conference at Heiner’s Dutchmans Lane campaign headquarters. Allen also was a co-founder of 8664, a group that has questioned the scope and expense of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

During his endorsement speech, Allen praised Heiner’s campaign platform on openness and transparency in government and Heiner’s business background.

But Heiner’s stance on the bridges project also was a factor in Allen’s decision.

Heiner has promised to begin building the East End bridge by the end of his first term. And he has suggested possibly scaling down the project, specifically how to re-work Spaghetti Junction.

Allen and Heiner don’t agree completely on the project. Allen favors limiting the project to just an East End bridge. Still, Allen praised Heiner’s ability to be “honest” about his stance. Heiner said the two “agree more than they disagree.”

Allen’s endorsement came three weeks after the fifth-place finisher in the Democratic mayoral candidate race, Shannon White, endorsed Heiner.

Democratic councilmen David Tandy and Jim King, who finished second and third, respectively, have backed Democratic nominee Greg Fischer.

Heiner said the endorsements he has received from two Democratic primary challengers had little to do with party affiliation.

- Kenny Colston


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