Newport City Council

You may vote for 4 candidates.

Beth Fennell

Political party: Nonpartisan

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

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?

Newport residents seeking employment are fortunate.  A variety of jobs are available within walking or transit distance.  The region’s largest employment center, Downtown Cincinnati Ohio, is less than a mile away from most residents and accessible by public transit.  Through the dedication and innovation of City Staff and commissioners, approximately 1000 new jobs and 100 new companies have come to Newport in the last few years.  This is remarkable considering the fiscal condition of most similar cities since the economic downturn of several years ago.  Another 200 new jobs are projected in the coming years.  

In addition I am working in conjunction with the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana Regional Council of Governments, (OKI) and the Northern Kentucky Streetcar committee to connect Newport to the Cincinnati Streetcar.  In February, I went to Washington DC with Ian Budd, the President of the Northern Kentucky Streetcar Committee, to advocate our position to our elected officials. We have also applied for a planning grant from the Federal Transit Authority.  Planning would be the first step.  Bringing the Cincinnati streetcar to Newport will bring more employment opportunities to our residents.

Bob McCray

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?

The West End of Newport is now becoming more attractive to all concerned, because of the Route 9 project. It will serve as a catalyst for  both commercial and residential redevelopment. This will also expose Newport to the rest of the nation if properly promoted. Businesses and residential  development is occurring all over the city. I would promote programs that gives these businesses financial incentives that give priorities to the hiring of Newport residents. I would make certain that the social service agencies and the City of Newport live up to its expectations from the public.

Frank Peluso

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?

At one time Newport had many companies that provided good jobs and pay for the residents of Newport. More recently Dean Foods closed Trauth Dairy, applying another blow to the City and residents. Despite these setbacks we have worked to attract new businesses and to expand existing ones and have been very successful. Two of our success stories out of many, include Ethos Labs and Nexigen. These companies have created many new jobs and they repurposed existing vacant buildings. One of our goals is to attract new companies along the route 9 corridor to provide jobs that local residents could walk to. We believe that the New Riff project along that corridor, in addition to the creation of jobs, will serve as a catalyst for even more development. During the past few years we have welcomed over 100 companies and 1000 jobs to the Newport family.

Ken Rechtin

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?

Yes, I do believe it is true that many of Newport's citizens have not benefited from the economic development efforts and "giveaways" of the past. I will guide future development with that in mind. I believe that economic development must be focused on benefiting our citizens, not the developer. Properly focusing on job creation that meets the skill set and abilities of our residents as well as proximity to their homes.

Nichole Hayden

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?

The city has started down the right path with the creation of the new route 9 corridor.  The expansion of Route 9 should eliminate much of the out-of-town traffic that our residents deal with on a daily basis.  This will help with property values and beautification efforts.  Additionally, the new corridor is already creating development on the Licking River side of Newport.  I believe that this will spur other business development that will create jobs for our residents. 

Further, I spent the first eleven years of my career as an early elementary teacher in the city of Newport.  Giving families and children the tools to help with early childhood literacy will go a long way in promoting skills necessary to compete and excel in the job market of today and tomorrow. The economy is rapidly changing and I want to ensure that our residents and children are prepared to be a contributing part of this change.

Rachel Comte

Political party: Nonpartisan

Campaign website: http://www.RachelComte.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?

It doesn’t matter how many good jobs are out there - if you can’t get there every day, you’re out of luck.  Better mobility / transit options beyond cars (walk, bike, bus, rail) have the ability to connect all areas of a metro area, and thus connect Newport residents with a larger employer pool.  As population in the US continues to grow exponentially, car traffic will only get worse and we absolutely cannot keep simply widening roads.  Study after study nationally shows that widening the roads results in more traffic.  On top of which it is financially and environmentally unsustainable.  We should instead be spending that money on improving other modes of mobility.  In Newport especially - an urban dense city - non-car movement should be the priority.  As an added bonus, this type of development will not only provide options for all residents, but attract new residents as well!

Thomas Guidugli

Political party: Nonpartisan

Campaign website: http://voteguidugli.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 retain, create and attract jobs worthy of workers by focusing on industry sectors in which companies are growing our economy generating wealth and prosperity for all. By focusing on our strengths, by supporting emerging entrepreneurs, by fostering innovation and unleashing the potential of our location, we will continue to grow jobs.  We have a proven record of these types of companies. Nexigen, Ethos Labs, and St. Elizabeth Facility all demonstrate companies that reflect this strategy.  Our vibrant Monmouth Street has several new businesses of all sizes.  Our most significant new opportunity is the route 9 corridor.  New Riff distilleries recently announced the redevelopment of this area.  This will add life, energy and jobs to an amazing campus of repurposed historic structures.   More jobs equal more opportunities in Newport and the future is bright. Newport has added over 1000 jobs in our community in the last few years.