The Louisville Courier-Journal reported the local Madison results in this morning’s paper. In last night’s GOP mayoral primary, city councilman Damon Welch captured 61% of the vote to defeat Mindy McGee.
This means Welch will get his chance to unseat current Madison Mayor Tim Armstrong in the November.
“We’re going to approach this from the standpoint of the economy,” Welch said of the fall campaign.
While the city’s manufacturers have been buffeted by the economic downturn, opportunities to expand are coming, Welch said, particularly when the Madison-Milton Bridge over the Ohio River is completed. “We need to capitalize on that,” he said.
From our viewpoint, public safety and improving infrastructure are job #1 in Madison. Those are two conditions that local government can control and will directly impact the prospects of economic growth. We have yet to see if the challenger can bring new ideas that would trump Armstrong’s first term performance.
Armstrong defeated 13-year incumbent Republican Mayor Al Huntington in November 2007. He is a lifelong resident of Madison and graduated from Shaw High School. Before serving as Mayor, he was with the Madison Police Department for 21 years.
A quick look shows some small upgrades to his campaign website, but nothing current about the upcoming election. You can also catch up with his performance on this 2009 review from the Round About Newspaper. It details several challenges facing the Mayor after his first year in office. It’s interesting to see what has changed in a few short years!
Video of Mayoral Candidate Damon Welch
The following video clip was posted by the Jefferson County Republican Party on their YouTube channel. It’s a short speech by Welch during his primary campaign on April 16, 2011.