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  • Christi Blair

  • Denny Bowman

  • Tim Downing

  • John Flesch

  • Del Shawn Renee Hayes

  • Alyssa "Dara" McDowell

  • Brandon Mims

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    Shannon C. Smith

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Biographical Information

Why are you running?

What makes you the best candidate?

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Campaign Phone (513) 593-9067
Age 39
Education/Degrees Purcell Marian class of 1997 attended Cincinnati State
Community Involvement Keep Covington Beautiful (plant trees, trash removal) Guide for the Northern Kentucky of the Blind, unofficial Town Crier
Campaign Message Mims the word
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Education/Degrees Juris Doctor
Community Involvement Board Member of Renaissance Covington (Economic Vitality Chair), Board for Bourbon Women of NKY Cincinnati (Distillate Committee), Patient Advisory Board St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Holmes High School Girls Soccer Volunteer Coach
Endorsements Political Housing Club of Northern Kentucky, N. Ky. Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Covington Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 1, Covington Professional Firefighters Local 38
Campaign Message Shannon Smith Never Quits!
As long as I can remember I have felt the call to serve my community. I am running because I truly believe I can bring new energy, innovation, and leadership to Covington that will continue our momentum. I believe in Covington and I am Covmitted to its success. I want to make sure we are working collaboratively within the community. When every neighborhood is successful all of Covington is successful, we should not be focused solely on small pockets of the community. We need to be innovative in our approaches and relentless in our efforts.
My experiences make me uniquely suited to be a Covington Commissioner. I am a leader, innovator, forward thinking and understand what is necessary to work as a team as I have been on a team for over 25 years from my recreational soccer days, to high school, college, and professionally – captaining nearly every team I played for. I brought that experience to my law practice and am leading my Office shortly celebrates its 5th anniversary with plans to expand in the 6th. I know how to lead based on that experience but also as the only candidate selected for Leadership Northern Kentucky. I know how to lead – but I also know when to follow and when it is appropriate. As an attorney, business owner, landlord, and life time athlete that has served domestic and international governments – I believe I am qualified to serve as Commissioner.
I do not have any services at this time I anticipate cutting – I need to spend more time with the budget and understand the design of some of the services to appropriately answer.
Again, each government is unique and I would first need to understand the breadth of services and their design. There is a potential to combine and streamline some services and approach some as a region.
Campaign Phone (859) 307-7462
Age 39
YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0C7676LDXU8
City/town Covington, KY "Welcome to Covington! Where We Are Better Than Newport!"
Education/Degrees Miami University/ Same Sex Relations Pittsburgh Filmmakers/ Editing/Analysis Dropped out due to bone spurs.
Community Involvement I successfully completed a stray cat trap/neuter/release (TNR) Project "Cut Your Balls Off Covington" which resulted in 40 neighborhood stray cats being trapped and neutered. 31 cats were released and 9 were re-homed. I volunteer for numerous local organizations that I love in the area including the Kentucky Equal Justice Center, Renaissance Covington, a local high school's after school GLSN program, NKY Fairness, and many other organizations that are lucky to have me.
Endorsements 13 time CityBeat Best of Cincinnati nominee including Best Conservative, Best Northern Kentuckian, and Best Faith Leader 2018. Winner: The Center for Great Neighborhood's "Heart of the Community" Award 2017. Awarded: Coving10 Community Grant 2015 Runner-up: City of Covington "Out of the Box Business" Award 2017 Book: Featured in local publication "Westside Makers". Future spouse of Elizabeth Warren. Articles by the Cincinnati Enquirer and Fox 19.
Campaign Message Make Covington Great Again
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Campaign Phone (859) 356-1110
Age 64
Education/Degrees Holy Cross High School United Electronics Institute
Community Involvement past 5 term president of South Covington Neighborhood. 2 term chair of CNC. Member of Latonia Small Area Study, and Latonia Community Council
Campaign Message Experience, Collaboration, and Committed Leadership MATTERS
In my many years of working for, and with the neighborhoods, I felt that there has been a lack of resident input, and there needs to be a "neighborhood voice" at city hall, I am that voice. I realized early on that the city had been wasting public dollars for years on things such as the tax anticipation note, which is where the city would borrow millions of dollars at the beginning of the fiscal year for operation costs, this cost the citizens of Covington over $60,000 dollars each year. In my first term, this was eliminated. Other things like our high medical costs were reduced through a referenced based pricing plan that saved us nearly $1 million the first year. We must continue to find solutions, especially when the city's pension obligation continues to grow 12% each year. We are in the business of providing public service, and we need to remember that.
One of the things I realized early on was the city had no fleet replacement plan, and as a 46 year veteran of building and maintaining fleets, I have that skill set to begin that process. Since I took office we have bought 40 new police cars 3 new fire trucks, 4 new ambulances and much more equipment to keep our city clean and safe. Because I've spent over a decade working with the neighborhoods, I know and understand the needs of the community. I've spent decades working within a budget and I can identify the difference between needs and wants. Because of the increased pension costs, and the loss of some key employers, we must grow our revenue through sound decisions. This year $2.7 million, that should have been transferred to the infrastructure fund was not transferred, so the budget could be balanced. Like you, we must live within our means. I will continue to work FOR the people of Covington to improve the City of Covington
We have allocated $100,000 for an economic development strategy, in the past 4 years there has been over $150 million worth of private investment, what was wrong with the current strategy. The elected officials work for the citizens of Covington and it is OUR responsibility to answer to the citizens, there is an effort to bring back the ombudsman position, which will cost over $100,000, A few years ago we went from full-time code enforcement officers to part-time code officers and nearly doubled the hours of code enforcement at less cost. A few years ago the city adopted a zero-based budget and it's time we revisit that approach. We cannot continue to borrow dollars from our infrastructure fund to support operating costs, this was done in the past and has cost us dearly, it's called "kicking the can down the road". We've seen it in Washington, Frankfort, and Covington, and always has a very bad outcome.
When you build a budget, there are 2 sides, revenue, and expenses. It takes roughly 3 years of hard work to move the revenue needle, it takes one bad decision to move the expense needle. A few years ago, the mayor of Erlanger compiled a report of the total taxes of the cities in Kenton Co. all things being equal, and we quickly realized that the citizens of Covington are the highest taxed citizens in Kenton Co. this is something that I feel needs to change. I voted for a tax increase in my first term, to keep South Covington's firehouse fully staffed, and it did not work. Until I feel that we are great stewards of the people's dollars, I will NOT support a tax increase. We must find ways to provide basic services, through cost savings measures. We need to increase our tax base, NOT our tax burden.
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