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Age 35
City/town Fort Thomas, Kentucky
Education/Degrees BA Journalism, University of Kentucky
Community Involvement - Lifelong Fort Thomas Resident - Fort Thomas Business Owner - Member, Fort Thomas City Owned Facilities & Utilities Vision Committee - Fort Thomas 150 Marketing Committee - Past President Fort Thomas Lions Club - Fort Thomas Business Association Board Member - Highlands High School Alumni Association Board Member -Member of Highland United Methodist Church
Campaign Message My goal is to be the hardest-working, most-responsive City Councilman that I can possibly be for every resident in our city. Serving Fort Thomas, the place where I was born, raised, and choose to raise my young family now, would be an absolute privilege.
I'm running because our residents deserve a person on city council that will be accessible, responsive and will work hard to seek out opinions from a broad array of residents. Residents deserve an advocate who is willing to put in the extra effort to understand issues, then communicate them on a timely basis.

Serving in the role of city council in Fort Thomas is truly a public service and I'd like to give back to my community by giving my time and talents in this role.

Simply, I want to raise the level of expectations that our residents have of their elected officials.
No one will outwork me. I have always been taught that you cannot control everything, but you can control your attitude and effort.

I have made that clear during this campaign by making a point to cover 100% of our city by walking door-to-door to talk with our residents. No one has worked harder than me to try and understand the issues that are affecting our residents. I knocked on doors and people were overwhelmingly positive. They want to be heard and I can't blame them. People want to be involved in the process.

I think I'm uniquely qualified based on my experience to be able to understand complex issues, then extrapolate the key points to then communicate that with a large amount of our residents.

Owning two businesses here in town has given me the experience to run budgets, make payroll, deal with interpersonal communication, all while investing back into our community.
Fort Thomas prides itself on having high-quality services. We talked about that a lot in my committee on the Fort Thomas Community Visioning plan. We have "best-of-class" services that our residents are used to.

I would say a topic that came up frequently when going door-to-door would be how we fund our street resurfacing program. Many residents are surprised to hear that when it comes time for their street to be repaired and repaved, a portion (up to 50%) is put on the responsibility of individual homeowners.

I have been in Public Works meetings, City Council meetings and the annual public hearing where this program is discussed and the same themes are brought up each year: "our streets are in great shape", "we have studied this program and have determined this is the best course", "we have done it this way for years." Those all may be true, but I think residents deserve, at the very lease, a better explanation, if not a revamp of this program in terms of percentage share.
Our city is in good financial shape right now and positioned well as we may have to deal with rising pension and healthcare costs in the future. Fortunately a surplus is available due to sound decisions made on councils-past and I applaud them for that.

Our city's staff is actually run pretty efficiently and thin, so I do not think raising fees or taxes is needed or warranted at this point.

I would say, however, based on conversations I've had with folks in the community, that our General Services Department and Recreation could use some extra staffing. They are wearing many hats right now. As opposed to adding to our budget, I'd like to review our budget to see where cuts could be made in order to benefit these two departments. Fort Thomas is a bedroom community, based around safety and schools. The Gen. Services Department and Recreation directly benefit quality of life of our residents and property values, which should be identified as priorities by the city.
Campaign Phone (859) 240-2357
Age 65
City/town Fort Thomas
Education/Degrees BA Economic, Juris Doctorate, University of Kentucky
Community Involvement Current member of Fort Thomas City Council, St. Elizabeth Hospital board of trustees, Northern Kentucky Port Authority board chair, Southbank Partners board member, Covington Business Council board chair
Campaign Message Fort Thomas - the most livable community in the greater Cincinnati region
I am running to help the city continue down a path of striving to be the best place to live. I have been on city council for many years and participated in the many community improvements that started with a visioning process that was completed in the late nineties. We are about to complete our next visioning process, giving us the base moving this community to an even higher level. My past experience will add value in helping us move to that higher level.
We have several young people on council with relatively limited experience. My long experience with the city and with local government in my professional life provides insight on how best to move the city forward and achieve the goals of the visioning process.
I have chaired the city’s finance committee for many years. Through good financial planning and lean budgeting, it will not be necessary to cut any services that the people of Fort Thomas have come to expect. Even with increased health care and pension costs, the city is well positioned financially.
Before this question can be answered, we have to complete our visioning process and determine if the citizens want to make additional investments in the city, such as parks, bike paths, riverfront development and streetscape beautification. If the citizens so desire, my experience as a municipal finance attorney will guide me in finding the best way to pay for those investments.
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