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  • Rose Beach

  • Matt Brown

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    Adam Croweak

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    Barbara Farrow

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    Dan Martin

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    Bobby McDonald

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    John Wainwright

  • Stephanie Williams

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City/town Walton
Education/Degrees Bachelor of Science
Campaign Message #Croweakforcouncil
As the most recently appointed member of City Council, it has been my honor to serve the citizens of Walton. For those of you that do not know me, I have called Walton my home since 2008. My family and I truly love this community, our neighbors, and the friends we have made. If elected to council, I would strive to put the needs of our citizens above anything else. I will work to help stimulate our economic growth by working to bring in new business developments to our town. I also want to work with community partners to bring more activities to our city for our elementary and middle school age children. Finally, I will work with our local officials to help combat the opioid epidemic that is gripping our area and affecting the lives of our neighbors, family, and friends.
I believe that I am the best candidate because I am willing to put the needs of our citizens over my own. I feel that the best way to govern is with the input of our citizens. I want to work for the citizens of Walton to make our community the best that it can be.
I don’t believe that we should be cutting any services, in fact I feel that on top of the new services we are offer our city employees, we can offer additional services to our community as a whole. I would like to bring more community events and activities for our youth as well drug prevention programs to the city.
I am not willing to raise taxes in fact I will work to lower taxes for our citizens.
Age 67
City/town Walton, KY.
Since I live in Walton, I know there have been times throughout the years that I have wished I could do more for the city. Since I have retired, I have represented Walton on the Boone County Parking Violation Board since it’s conception approximately 6 years ago. Now I would like to get even more involved. I want to listen to citizens on their concerns - get their input prior to making changes, and get an understanding of just what their needs are in the city.
I have lived in Walton, Ky. for over 25 years. Being retired, I would like to work with the other council members to keep Walton the great place to live that it is. I work well with others, and truly believe you have to work as a team - that means working with the other council members. One person cannot do it alone.
I am not looking to cut services.
Being a small town, we don’t need to expand our government services. A mayor and 6 council members are well able to take care of whatever issues may arise.
Campaign Phone (859) 322-3308
Age 35
City/town Walton
Education/Degrees Bachelor of Arts - Social Science
I've lived and worked in Walton for the past decade, and I want to now be a part of the city's decision making process.
In my time here, I've seen Walton from both a resident's perspective and an employee working in the city. My education background along with my current experience managing a mid-size company have given me a solid foundation in finding solutions for the complex issues Walton faces as it grows.
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Walton's previous leadership has done a good job keeping the city running on budget. At this time, I don't see any immediate need to raise revenue on the back's of our residents.
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Campaign Phone (859) 743-2448
Age 34
City/town Walton
Education/Degrees Graduated Walton Verona HS 2003
Community Involvement Sponsor for WVYFL, Cheer, Band. Host many benefits and fundraisers for local organizations such as Children’s Hospital, 22 Until Valhalla, Shriners, Wounded Warrior Proj.
I have always had a great interest in my community and city government. My mother served on the Walton City Council for many years and I attended those as a child. I never lost interest in the processes growing up and wanted to be more involved. My family has owned and operated a business here in Walton for over 48 years so I have a large investment in the area and want to keep the city moving forward. I have ran in the past and was recently appointed to my seat and have had the honor or serving with some great men and women. I have learned a great deal about the behind the scenes actions of the city and want to continue my involvement. We are currently working on many infrastructure projects to improve and save the city money as well as adding much needed parks and green space. I wish to continue improving our infrastructure and adding events and areas for our citizens and their children to enjoy.
It is hard for me to say that I am the best, but I believe just like any citizen that has a vested interest in their community and wants to be involved is more than qualified. The job of a council person is not easy I have come to find out. Many hours are needed to be put in to stay on top of projects and keep things running correctly. My family has been in this community for over 48 years, my children attend Walton Verona schools so I have a great passion for our area. I want to continue to make Walton “The Place to Be”. I am a team player yet have a very strong independent voice if needed.
I do not believe there are any services that we as a city need to cut. The council before I was appointed had done many great things and made great strides in improving our water, sewer and roads. We now see these projects saving us a lot of money and we are able to add much needed things instead of trying to find ways to cut needed services.
I am opposed to raising any taxes or placing any additional fees onto our citizens unless absolutely necessary. Our current council and those that were serving before my appointment have set the city up to be very strong financially. Due to the decisions they made and that we have made now as a complete council we are able to provide all of of needed services with our current tax rates. We have actually just lowered taxes just a bit. However in the future if there is a need to raise taxes or add a fee to cover a need for the city that we must have I would be on board with doing so. As we grow some things we will be needed I am sure it is the hope obviously that our tax base will grow and a rate increase wouldn’t be needed. If we must raise taxes or add fees I would do so after researching all other avenues and talking with our citizens to make sure they are on board as well.
Campaign Phone (848) 333-8436
Age 38
City/town Walton
Education/Degrees United States Marine Corps
Community Involvement Volunteer at local food bank, soup kitchen, Old Fashion Day organizer
Endorsements Heather Stewart - WV Board of Education, Stephanie Williams - Walton City Council, Bobby McDonald - Walton City Council, local business owners, local faith leaders, prior elected officials, City employees
Campaign Message Passionate, present and productive
I’m seeking re-election to the City Council because I believe I lived up to the campaign promises and commitments I made 2 years ago. I said I would be passionate about this community and the betterment of its residents, I said I would be present by being involved in all areas of the community, school and events and I said I would be productive by getting more done in 2 years than the previous councils had gotten done in the past. Also, I want my family to live in the best community in NKY and with our closeness, our outstanding school system and the amazing long term residents and our influx of new residents, they make it easy to want to represent their best interests.
I put in the work, plan and simple. Sometimes, I think people just do this to say they did it or to make themselves feel important. I look at it differently, I’m here to represent the people who elected me interests and to make the best decisions possible for the community as a whole. To do that, I have to put the work in, do the research, be connected and show a level of commitment above what is required. I feel like I did all those things in my first term and commit to those again.
Cut? Why, because we didn’t work hard enough to get a balanced budget or look at every area for cost reduction to maintain services? I’m proud to say we are one of the very few cities in Kentucky that over the last 2 years added benefits to our City employees instead of cutting. We increased wages, added fully covered medical benefits, a new modified FMLA, more time off for funerals, and vacation to new employees in their first year. I’ve personally led with the help of Councilmen Brown and McDonald the additions of multiple park projects that added services to our community. This was all while lowering taxes to the residents because it’s our biggest job to effectively manage the money.
I’m not willing to raise taxes at this time. This was shown in this lastest budget when the Mayor wanted to raise them and I led the charge against that, resulting in an actual rate reduction. The landscape still tells us that the current growth allows us to run the City at an affordable rate while providing new services, parks, and infrastructure. In the future, if it is the last resort, all stones have been turned over and every line of the budget has been scrubbed and it’s a necessity to provide a great living experience...it will be a long hard discussion.
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