Unofficial elections results show Bob Muckle as the winner of the Louisville mayoral race with a narrow margin on his opponent, Sheri Marsella.
“I anticipated this would be a close election and so far it has fulfilled that expectation,” Muckle says. “I don’t think I’ve seen any other race that’s this close.”
Each update through the night saw Muckle gaining just a few votes. He did a get-out-the-vote campaign Monday and Tuesday and says, “We’ll see if that pays off.”
Muckle has served on city council for six years and campaigned on preserving Louisville’s small town character and status as No. 1 small town in the country, according to Money magazine. He's watched enough elections to expect Louisville counts to run slightly behind the county, he says. Marsella, a trained attorney with experience in municipal, finance and transit law, has been mayor pro tem of Louisville for four years and served on city council for nine years.
Unofficial results for the Louisville City Council races show Jay Keany with 55.10 percent of the vote for Ward I and Susan Loo with 77.61 percent of the vote for Ward II.
Keany served three terms on the City Council until in 2005, and has been president of the Downtown Business Association, chairman of the Louisville Housing Authority and mayor pro tem. His opponent for the race in Ward I, Bill Scanlon, is a former columnist for the Rocky Mountain News and opponent of turning the abandoned Sam’s Club and Safeway space into residential developments and is in favor of more bike- and pedestrian-friendly open space near Louisville.
"The first time I ran for office, I left where I was watching the returns and I was behind and got home and I got a call and I was ahead," Keany said when about half the ballots had been counted. "So right now I’m optimistic and hopeful and hoping I can serve the people of Louisville for another term."
Keany watched results from Bob’s Diner in downtown Louisville with fellow candidate Loo.
"People are coming from the storm and it’s a pretty joyous scene here," Loo says.
Loo, the unofficial winner for Ward II, is a veteran of the Louisville Planning Commission, campaigned on strengthening the town’s retail presence to increase revenues and improving basic infrastructure, including streets, equipment and facilities.
"It’s been a wonderful ride and I learned so much," Loo says. "I tried to knock on every door in Ward II, I didn’t always get an answer but I probably talked to at least 50 percent of Ward II and I learned so much and met so many people, and it was just a good time."
Her opponent, Dean Smith, president and co-founder of the public relations firm New Stage Media, argued for revision the development process as it connected to demolition of historic buildings.
Hank Dalton, a previous member of Louisville City Council and Louisville Planning Commission, ran unopposed for Ward III.