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July 3, 2014

Jeffersonville's Moore to run for re-election in 2015

Incumbent could face off against council President Julius

JEFFERSONVILLE — Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore announced Wednesday his candidacy for re-election in 2015, unveiling a campaign website highlighting the city’s progress under Moore’s administration.

Moore, a Republican, may be pitted against Democrat and City Council President Dennis Julius, who announced his candidacy last June.

“I love this job. I love the city of Jeff,” Moore said. “I think we’ve made a tremendous difference in the first two and a half years, and I’m anxious to continue on.”

The mayor’s website — imformikemoore.com — has a video listing job creation, public arts improvements and a growing business sector as accomplishments in Jeffersonville while Moore has been in office.

Thousands have crossed over the Big Four Bridge that opened in Jeffersonville in May, bringing with it new restaurants to the downtown district that Moore has focused on reviving during his term. In the last three-and-a-half years, 3,000 jobs have come to the city, many of which come from growth at River Ridge Commerce Center, according to Moore.

“I think that’s a good start, and I think we’ve got a whole lot more to offer,” Moore said.

He also said the city has become much more inclusive of residents’ input with neighborhood meetings and better communication between city officials and constituents.

“That’s the Jeffersonville that I’ve always wanted to see, and I hope to able to continue for that into a second term,” Moore said.

However, Julius said Moore’s video is misleading.

“I just think there’s got to be some accountability at some point,” Julius said, citing Amazon Fulfillment Center and the Big Four Bridge as projects that began before Moore took office. “Those are not Mike’s projects.”

The council and mayor have butted heads on many issues, most recently concerning the hiring of new police officers and a combined sewer overflow interceptor project. Many council members have also expressed poor communication to them from the mayor.

Moore said that positive change has occurred if you compare Jeffersonville now to Jeffersonville three years ago.

“I ran to try and make a difference,” the mayor said. “I think we’ve done that, and I want to continue to keep doing what we’re doing.”

 

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