Standing in front of The Academy at Shawnee in the heart of west Louisville, former Democratic mayoral candidate Lisa Moxley endorsed Republican Hal Heiner for mayor. In the race for mayor, Moxley is the third Democrat who ran in the primary to cross party lines and publicly announce her support for the east Louisville Republican over Democrat Greg Fischer.
“I am supporting Hal Heiner for mayor because Louisville needs more than a change in personnel in the Mayor’s Office — we need a change in priorities,” says Moxley. “Hal has demonstrated courage and real leadership in his willingness to challenge the conventional wisdom on education and invite an honest dialogue with the community about what’s best for our kids now, and for our city moving forward. I believe Hal is prepared to do the hard work of day-to-day governing to help make Louisville more competitive and all our families more prosperous.”
The entertainment attorney, who was the former spokeswoman for President Barack Obama’s campaign in Kentucky, came in sixth in the primary and joins former mayoral candidates Tyler Allen and Shannon White, who side-stepped party affiliation to endorse the city lawmaker.
“I am humbled to have Lisa’s support and endorsement in this race. It will take all of us working together to tackle the tough issues facing Louisville,” says Heiner. “It’s time for us to stand together to eliminate failing schools and provide excellent schools in every neighborhood. As a community we will find a solution, and I very much look forward to doing so with Lisa Moxley.”
Last month, council members David Tandy, D-4, and Jim King, D-10, who came in second and third in the May primary respectively, endorsed Fischer, saying Democrats are united in their support for his vision and leadership. The Fischer campaign has yet to comment regarding today’s announcement.