Screenshot from Councilwoman Angela Leet’s video announcing her run for mayor of Louisville

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Angela Leet announced her candidacy to become the mayor of Louisville Tuesday, in a video on her new campaign website.

The Republican councilwoman was first elected to her District Seven seat in 2014, representing much of the northeast part of Jefferson County. She is also the owner of construction management company ALEETCO and co-owner of Chamberlin Enterprises, a property development company.

Leet has been an outspoken critic of Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Steve Conrad as the city’s homicides have reached records highs over the past two years — as well as two-term Mayor Greg Fischer for standing by Conrad and refusing to replace him — and repeated that theme in her video.

“The story you’ve heard in the last several years has been one of fiction,” says Leet in her campaign video, “telling us that bike lanes will lead to prosperity and growth, when instead, we’ve been led down a dead-end road to another homicide.”

Leet says that when she is elected mayor: “We’ll work together to tackle the tough challenges facing Louisville and rewrite the story. We will transform this city to reach its full potential, and that is the story our children will share.”

In a press release later Tuesday morning, Leet stated that the city “can either keep building bike lanes, or we can begin building a better city by solving the tough issues. The lack of leadership in our community has destroyed families from drug overdoses, violent crime and gangs. Our priorities must change so that all areas of our community are safer and more prosperous. ”

Fischer is seeking his third term at the mayor of Louisville, and Leet is the first major challenger that has announced an intention to run against him. Matt Erwin, the spokesman for Fischer’s re-election campaign, told IL in a statement responding to Leet’s announcement that the mayor “remains focused on his duties to maintain the momentum in our city, grow good paying jobs, and continue making Louisville a community where every family has the opportunity to succeed.”

Leet’s announcement video can be viewed below:

This story will be updated.

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Joe Sonka
Joe Sonka is a staff writer at Insider Louisville focusing on government, politics, education and public safety. He is a former news editor and staff writer at LEO Weekly and has also freelanced for The Nation and ThinkProgress. He has won first place awards from the Louisville Metro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in the categories of Health Reporting, Enterprise Reporting, Government/Politics, Minority/Women’s Affairs Reporting, Continuing Coverage and Best Blog. Email him at [email protected]