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Metro Council's Angela Leet announces run for Louisville mayor

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Metro Council's Angela Leet announces run for Louisville mayor

Metro Councilwoman Angela Leet plans to run for Louisville mayor in 2018.

The District 7 Republican released a video statement Tuesday saying she intends to run for mayor. Democratic incumbent Greg Fischer said in March that he would see a third term.

On the video, she tells supporters that Louisville needs to change its priorities to focus on tough issues with education, drugs, gangs and violent crime.

In a release, Leet vows to make help Louisville "a city where we feel safe, where each child receives a quality education, and we all have an opportunity for economic independence.

Leet was elected to Metro Council in 2014 and represents east Louisville's District 7, which includes St. Matthews, Goose Creek, Lyndon, Mockingbird Valley, Rolling Fields, Windy Hills, Graymoor-Devondale and Barbourmeade.

She is an environmental engineer and is the owner of construction management company ALEETCO, LLC and co-owner of property development company Chamberlain Enterprises.

Leet said if she is elected, Fischer is not the only top city official who will lose his job.

"I would look for new leadership on day one," Leet said.

Leet said changing leadership within the Louisville Metro Police Department will be a top priority.

"I did lead the effort for the no confidence vote for (Chief Steve Conrad), and I have not back off of that," she said.

A spokesperson for Fischer's campaign released a statement saying, "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." - Matt Erwin, campaign spokesperson.