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Covington City Commission

There are five candidates vying for a seat on the Covington City Commission. The top four vote getters in the nonpartisan race win two-year terms. Voters may vote for up to four of the candidates. Thanks to all five for responding to KFTC’s survey. Their answers follow.

Missy Spears' name also will appear on the ballot, but she has dropped out of the race.

Tim Downing

Political party: Nonpartisan

Question 1:

Covington has provided more affordable housing options than many other communities in northern Kentucky, however, some fear potential displacement and gentrification. Others have experienced inadequate home maintenance. Still others fear rising rents. Many also have faced issues with absentee landlords and management companies making it harder for those living in their properties, with a lot of concern for people specifically living in River’s Edge. If elected, what will you do to make sure we have safe, fair, and affordable housing in Covington?

I’m proud that Covington has many affordable housing options, especially when compared to some of the surrounding communities. Anyone who walks our streets can see that Covington is more than just a city, it is a diverse community comprised of a collection of neighborhoods. I believe that one of our highest priorities should be increasing home ownership in each neighborhood throughout our city. As commissioner, we have hired a neighborhood services director as part of our plan to ensure the city is affirmatively furthering fair housing and attentive to the concentration issue. We have adjusted our code enforcement approach to ensure that absentee landlordism does not negatively impact a Covington resident’s investments in their home. As a long term solution, I am working with the city to lobby for legislation that allows for Covington to have its own version of 3CDC. I believe that this is the fastest and safest path for our city, as it would allow private enterprise to be led by city government in order to partner on strategic city-wide redevelopment. This could include mixed income housing where appropriate and inevitably lead to increased home ownership while improving our local economy.

Ron Washington

Political party: Nonpartisan

Campaign website: http://electronwashington.com

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

Question 1:

Covington has provided more affordable housing options than many other communities in northern Kentucky, however, some fear potential displacement and gentrification. Others have experienced inadequate home maintenance. Still others fear rising rents. Many also have faced issues with absentee landlords and management companies making it harder for those living in their properties, with a lot of concern for people specifically living in River’s Edge. If elected, what will you do to make sure we have safe, fair, and affordable housing in Covington?

As our city grows we must ensure that our low-income residents have the opportunity to have affordable housing. If elected I would allocate community block grant money for: homebuyers education, rental assistance and repairs, and resident displacement. I am currently working with City Heights residents to make sure their concerns are being addressed, especially since the housing authority is taking steps to close the complex. All residents should be placed in other homes before being asked to leave.

Shannon Smith

Political party: Nonpartisan

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

Question 1:

Covington has provided more affordable housing options than many other communities in northern Kentucky, however, some fear potential displacement and gentrification. Others have experienced inadequate home maintenance. Still others fear rising rents. Many also have faced issues with absentee landlords and management companies making it harder for those living in their properties, with a lot of concern for people specifically living in River’s Edge. If elected, what will you do to make sure we have safe, fair, and affordable housing in Covington?

I am proud that Covington has more affordable housing than any other city in Northern Kentucky. We are dedicated to assuring those opportunities persist while challenging neighboring cities to help us in those efforts. We also recently expanded down payment assistance for homeownership for qualified low-income residents . Covington receives federal HOME funds and this Commission, myself included, voted in favor of a generous portion allocated to HONK (housing opportunities of northern Kentucky) – an organization which creates affordable homeownership opportunities for local families who otherwise would not be able to realize the dream of homeownership. Further, we recently passed legislation holding landlords accountable for the living conditions of their properties. If they are found to not comply with the standards, their occupational license (right to do business in the city) has the potential to be revoked. Covington has even gone beyond affordable housing to create resources that work towards bridging an economic gap our residents currently experience. Covington Connect is one such initiative I urged The City to provide that gives free wireless internet to many that may otherwise not have it . This opens the door to more educational and job opportunities. We have even collaborated with local companies to provide free laptops to families who qualify. Our Commission Board has worked hard to pass these initiatives. Once reelected, I plan to reinforce such priorities so that we may continue supporting all Covingtonians.

 

Michelle Williams

Political party: Nonpartisan

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

Question 1:

Covington has provided more affordable housing options than many other communities in northern Kentucky, however, some fear potential displacement and gentrification. Others have experienced inadequate home maintenance. Still others fear rising rents. Many also have faced issues with absentee landlords and management companies making it harder for those living in their properties, with a lot of concern for people specifically living in River’s Edge. If elected, what will you do to make sure we have safe, fair, and affordable housing in Covington?

As a commissioner and a renter I have personally been affected by some of the same issues. This commission has worked hard to update and amend ordinances. We have amended sections of chapter 92 of Covington Code of Ordinances and define criminal activity as a public nuisance to try to keep neighborhoods safer. Covington has set forth a residential rental dwelling licensing program. This will allow us to have access to rental properties and housing for inspections. It is important to me to make sure that everyone renting a property in the city feels like they are getting what they deserve for the price they pay.

Tarris Horton

Political party: Nonpartisan

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

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

Question 1:

Covington has provided more affordable housing options than many other communities in northern Kentucky, however, some fear potential displacement and gentrification. Others have experienced inadequate home maintenance. Still others fear rising rents. Many also have faced issues with absentee landlords and management companies making it harder for those living in their properties, with a lot of concern for people specifically living in River’s Edge. If elected, what will you do to make sure we have safe, fair, and affordable housing in Covington?

When elected I plan on working very close with ALL communities within in Covington. Covington neighborhoods each are rich with tradition and a sense of pride. I would listen to the concerns of each neighborhood associations and work beside those organizations to ensure that the needs are met, within reason by the Covington City Commision. I believe that each neighborhood knows what they need best, and I will work to do what is best for the communities by building relationships with the residents. I'm very realistic that the needs in East Licking Riverside are much different than the needs in City Heights. But I also belief that the needs should be heard and addressed equally. We all want the same things for Covington, and I will work beside the associations to make sure all concerns are heard and addressed.