Craig Greenberg Wins Louisville Mayoral Race

Democratic candidate Craig Greenberg closed out Republican Jeffersontown Mayor Bill Dieruf to be the next mayor of Louisville.

Flanked by Gov. Andy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman the Louisville businessman took the stage at the Galt House in Louisville to accept Dieruf’s concession and become mayor-elect.

The race was closer than any other top-tier election in the Democratic heavy district. Greenberg ended the night with about 20,000 more votes than Dieruf of the 277,864 ballots cast in the election, according to the Jefferson County Clerk.

A year ago Greenberg was an unlikely choice for mayor as the city reeled from record high violence, a crumbling police department under federal review, and a frustration with term-limited Democratic incumbent Mayor Greg Fischer. Greenberg fought his way to the top of a heap of candidates amid racial tensions, and survived an assassination attempt during the primary – coming inches away from being shot in his campaign headquarters.

In his speech Greenberg said he looked forward to leading Louisville in a new direction.