Sexton Smith will not run for mayor of Louisville; joins the Greenberg campaign
Barbara Sexton Smith, former Democratic councilor and long-time mayoral candidate, will not be running in 2022.
Instead, she announced Monday, she is joining businessman Craig Greenberg’s campaign as president.
“In Craig Greenberg, I see someone who has skills, experience, education, and more importantly, I see someone who has the mind and spirit to understand the nature of the moment in which we find ourselves as a nation and as a city and as a people, “Sexton Smith said.” He can guide us through this together. “
Sexton Smith did not run for re-election to her District 4 City Council seat last year, and many suspected she would compete in the Louisville mayoral race. Current mayor Greg Fischer cannot run for a fourth consecutive term.
But, she said on Monday, when Greenberg called her to tell her he was running for mayor and wanted her to lead the campaign, she felt the “weight of the world” take hold. fly off his shoulders.
“I knew… the city and everyone who lives here would be in good hands,” she said.
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Greenberg, who is the former CEO of 21C Museum Hotels and most recently co-owner of Ohio Valley Wrestling, said Monday there was no one in the “community or in this country” who could provide the energy. and the experience of Sexton Smith.
He said he wanted to build 15,000 new affordable housing units by the end of his term and create an education department for the city.
On Monday, he said he believed the main issue in the race would be public safety, adding that he and Sexton Smith believed that “justice, fairness and safety can all coexist”.
And, in response to a question about what he would say to people who feared putting another white businessman in the top town office, Greenberg said he hoped people would know him for who he is. – a JCPS graduate, a business creator and a reformer. at the University of Louisville.
“Most importantly, I am a listener and I care about people,” Greenberg said. “Right now, in this community, it’s extremely important for – not just people like me, but all of us – to listen to each other. Hear what people’s concerns are, where they see opportunities and what their ideas are. No one has all the answers. ”
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On Sunday evening, David James, the chairman of the Metro Council and one of Greenberg’s main rivals in the race, announced he was suspending his campaign for health reasons.
Other Democratic candidates who have announced their campaigns include: Tim Findley, pastor and community organizer; Shameka Parrish-Wright, co-chair of the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression; Anthony Oxendine, owner of Spring Valley Funeral Home; and Margaret Trowe, member of the Socialist Workers Party.
Jeffersontown mayor Bill Dieruf also announced last week that he would run for mayor as a Republican and is widely expected to be the GOP frontrunner.
Darcy Costello: 502-582-4834; [email protected]; Twitter: @dctello.