By Sheila Ash

Hal Heiner was seeking to become the first Republican to hold the Louisville mayor’s office in more than 30 years, but lost to Democratic opponent Greg Fischer in a narrow race.

Heiner encouraged his supporters to work together on issues they share with Democrats.

“We all care about people being employed in this community. We all care about the best education for our children. And we all care about improving neighborhoods at every corner of our city. Let’s begin with our common ground then united and move ahead,” he said.

Heiner said he called Fischer to congratulate him on his victory and wished him the best over the next four years.

Heiner, who has served on the Metro Council for seven years, says he plans to continue working to move the city forward.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."