Ike Thacker http://wfpl.org en Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw Bypassing Mayoral Run for Now http://wfpl.org/post/jefferson-county-clerk-bobbie-holsclaw-bypassing-mayoral-run-now <p>Republican Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw is not interested in a run for Louisville mayor despite encouragement to take on Democratic incumbent Greg Fischer.</p><p>In April, Fischer announced his intentions to run for a second term in 2014, and Occupy Louisville member Ike Thacker told WFPL last week he plans to run for mayor as an independent.</p><p>No GOP challenger has voiced interest in the race thus far despite observers pointing out that Fischer barely won in 2010.</p><p>Some have <a href="http://jamesyoungky.com/2013/04/30/gregfischervslouisvillegrandma/">tossed Holsclaw's name out </a>there&nbsp;as a potential opponent, citing her overall popularity and 16 years in office.</p><p>Holsclaw says the GOP needs to field a credible contender and a woman needs to run for mayor, but she is seeking a fifth term as clerk next year.</p><p>"Right now, today I’m running for re-election for Jefferson County clerk," she says.</p><p>Asked if that means she would re-consider at some point, Holsclaw told WFPL she has the right to change her mind before next year’s filing deadline. Mon, 06 May 2013 13:40:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5269 at http://wfpl.org Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw Bypassing Mayoral Run for Now Occupy Louisville Member Running for Mayor http://wfpl.org/post/occupy-louisville-member-running-mayor <p>Longtime social justice advocate Ike Thacker announced this week he is running for mayor of Louisville as an independent.</p><p>Thacker is a local writer and community activist who serves on the boards of the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression and the Fellowship of Reconciliation. He also served as a spokesman for Occupy Louisville, which held a six month long protest in downtown against U.S. economic policies.</p><p>Thacker says he is running to help the poor, and plans to advocate for cuts to military spending as mayor to help invest in low-income parts of the city.</p><p>"I simply believe that all 7 billion of us on this planet and the 750,000 or so of us in Louisville are absolutely, equally human regardless of everything. That’s every black or brown person in west or south Louisville just as much as the Ivy League east enders," he says.</p><p>Democratic Mayor Greg Fischer announced last month he is seeking re-election.</p><p> Thu, 02 May 2013 19:57:46 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5237 at http://wfpl.org Occupy Louisville Member Running for Mayor