The filing deadline for independent and third party candidates running for elected office is Aug. 10, and cycling advocate Jackie Green filed his necessary paperwork to run for mayor of Louisville this morning.
Green has been a near-constant presence in the mayor’s race since he declared his intent to run last year. He has now filed with the County Clerk to appear on the ballot in November, alongside Democrat Greg Fischer and Republican Hal Heiner.
Green says he won’t raise as much money as Fischer or Heiner, but he plans to use other campaign tactics to stay competitive.
“Next for us is talking to the public, going to public events, talking to Joe Lunchbox, riding the bus, talking to bus riders,” he says. “This is a grassroots campaign.”
For that strategy to work, however, Green, who has made public transportation a focal point of his candidacy, will have to be creative in getting his message out. That also means being included in the mayoral race coverage by media outlets and debate organizers, which has been a problem in the first two months of the campaign.
At the first mayoral forum in the general election, for instance, organizers barred Green from the discussion and had Metro Police stop him from entering the building. Leading up to the second forum, Green was initially overlooked, but was later invited and attended. However, it seems that trend is turning now that Green has been invited to next Wednesday’s mayoral debate, which will be hosted at Bellarmine University.