Covington City Commission

You may vote for 4 candidates.

Bill Wells

Political party: Nonpartisan

Campaign website: http://www.bill4cov.com/

Question 1:

Over the past several years many residents have found it difficult to find meaningful employment that is accessible to them. What steps will you take to ensure that residents in our more urban neighborhoods will be able to have the same opportunities as other communities, and to ensure that every part of the city benefits from economic development? 

We must continue to partner with TANK to give our residents opportunity to get to work, as well as continue to work with Gateway to educate our residents and increase the employment opportunities. We need to continue to create an atmosphere that is small business friendly, especially the Latonia Shopping Center.

Christi Blair

Political party: Nonpartisan

Question 1:

Over the past several years many residents have found it difficult to find meaningful employment that is accessible to them. What steps will you take to ensure that residents in our more urban neighborhoods will be able to have the same opportunities as other communities, and to ensure that every part of the city benefits from economic development? 

I believe in town hall meetings. Ask each neighborhood association to gather information to get a whole scope of the problem. Invite residents to a town hall meeting to discuss what barriers they have getting to work from all over Covington. Invite representatives from TANK to hear what we need to get more people to work in a shorter amount of time. The long term solution is being more competitive with other cities that have large businesses. Bring the jobs to the people so they can easily get there without lengthy expensive commutes. The city of Covington should offer the best incentives for manufacturing, distribution and warehouse companies. We also need some more temp services that are located in Covington and have jobs in Covington.

John Flesch

Political party: Nonpartisan

Question 1:

Over the past several years many residents have found it difficult to find meaningful employment that is accessible to them. What steps will you take to ensure that residents in our more urban neighborhoods will be able to have the same opportunities as other communities, and to ensure that every part of the city benefits from economic development? 

Covington is beautiful city built upon and strengthened by its neighborhoods. Everyone identifies with a sense of place. I would like to further the thought of our neighborhoods as places where we not only live but many also work. Absent the strip mall and big box retailers, I strongly favor having businesses in neighborhoods, even if they are non-conforming. Being raised building houses and a property owner myself, I welcome skilled technicians, tradespeople, craftspeople, and supply-houses. In an answer to the question of ‘where can I find that?’ or ‘who can do that’, let’s make the answer ‘in Covington’.

Supplementing that hope of blending the urban tech with the skilled labor force, Gateway College is a means to support Covington’s vertical prosperity. As Gateway strives to meet workforce demands, its focus on skilled labor and even guild-work will enhance and continue to revitalizing Covington.

Jordan Huizenga

Political party: Nonpartisan

Campaign website: http://www.jordanhuizenga.com/

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Question 1:

Over the past several years many residents have found it difficult to find meaningful employment that is accessible to them. What steps will you take to ensure that residents in our more urban neighborhoods will be able to have the same opportunities as other communities, and to ensure that every part of the city benefits from economic development? 

There are a number of issues at play here to ensure all residents have access to meaningful employment and to build on economic development in every part of the City. 

In an effort to address these issues I will focus on the following if I'm elected again as a Covington City Commissioner. 

  •  Grow the number of affordable housing units throughout Northern Kentucky and work to de-concentrate subsidized housing in the small number of Covington neighborhoods where it is most concentrated. This will give residents greater choice of where they can live and provide better access to jobs and schools for families. 
  •  Develop and implement a balanced economic development plan that attracts jobs at a variety of pay and skill levels that provides opportunity for all of Covington's residents and attracts new people and companies throughout our City. 
  •  Work with Gateway Community College to continue development of their Urban Campus in Covington so residents and employees can receive affordable and convenient training and education in a variety of rewarding fields.

Michelle Williams

Political party: Nonpartisan

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Question 1:

Over the past several years many residents have found it difficult to find meaningful employment that is accessible to them. What steps will you take to ensure that residents in our more urban neighborhoods will be able to have the same opportunities as other communities, and to ensure that every part of the city benefits from economic development? 

Local governments have an important role to play to take action now, to shape the future of our development, and to create opportunities for all. Building cities that “work” inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable requires intensive policy coordination and investment choices. The city should hire an urban planner to be part of the economic development team.  This person should have experience with the Urban Neighborhood Initiative Programs which seeks to transform struggling urban neighborhoods into safe, vibrant, cohesive communities.  They work to bring business, government and community organizations together to increase prosperity and improve health, safety and education for current residents and for generation to come.

Stuart Warren

Political party: Nonpartisan

Campaign website: http://www.stuartwarren.org/

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Question 1:

Over the past several years many residents have found it difficult to find meaningful employment that is accessible to them. What steps will you take to ensure that residents in our more urban neighborhoods will be able to have the same opportunities as other communities, and to ensure that every part of the city benefits from economic development? 

Gainful employment can only be achieved when employment opportunities exist. Our city has been hemorrhaging residential and business assets which, in turn, caused our tax revenue base to shrink. Latonia has perhaps felt the brunt of this. Tax and fee reform must be a focus if we want to see gainful employment opportunities increase. Doing so will help every neighborhood in Covington, north and south of 12th Street.

We should further strive to foster new relationships with non-profits and religious communities in order to better serve those members of our city who are in need. Religious communities, regardless of which faith they belong to, play a major role in providing vulnerable populations with life skills and acclimating them to social norms for the work place. Developing a constitutionally sound relationship with these organizations and forming a means to tackle problems collectively is our best way forward.

Tim Downing

Political party: Nonpartisan

Question 1:

Over the past several years many residents have found it difficult to find meaningful employment that is accessible to them. What steps will you take to ensure that residents in our more urban neighborhoods will be able to have the same opportunities as other communities, and to ensure that every part of the city benefits from economic development? 

Job creation should be the city manager and staff’s number one priority. In the last few years, Covington has lost several large employers to Cincinnati. We can do more to encourage small business development in the short term, but if we want meaningful long term job growth we must also create an environment that will attract high paying jobs to our city. Working for a fortune 500 company, I have traveled throughout our nation and I see younger, well educated people returning to the urban core looking for high paying corporate jobs within walking distance. Employees can then live and shop locally; block by block we will see new businesses flourish, increasing tax revenue and make Covington the destination of our region.  As city commissioner I will insist Covington becomes a much more business friendly environment for small business and large businesses alike.