Covington Elections: What You Need to Know
Election Day is less than a week away and nowhere has there been more coverage of the races in Covington that right here at The River City News. Below you will find links to all the coverage of the races for Mayor, City Commission, Board of Education, and the 23rd State Senate District seat.
Current City Commissioners Sherry Carran and Steve Casper are running to replace Mayor Chuck Scheper who did not seek election to a full term after being appointed last year. Carran and Casper were the top two vote-getters in the 2010 race for city commission. The two easily advanced to the general election following a 3-way primary that involved candidate Dara McDowell, a Monte Casino mother of 8 who bizarrely campaigned on an anti-gay platform.
Last week, the pair met for a forum/debate at a luncheon hosted by the Covington Business Council (See: Business Community Hears from Covington Mayoral Candidates)
Casper and Carran squared off in their final debate at the American Legion Hall in Newport where wide-ranging issues were discussed (See: Carran, Casper Lay Out Plans in Final Covington Mayoral Debate)
The candidates also appeared together on WKRC-TV's Newsmakers (See: Covington Mayoral Candidates Appear on TV Sunday)
Covington City Commission
In the spring, this race looked like it would be one of the most competitive commission races in recent memory with a crowded, strong field of ten candidates. Prior to Primary Election Day in May, two serious contenders were off the ballot when incumbent Shawn Masters and first-time candidate Matt Dressman withdrew. Two other candidates, retired Covington Police Officer Neil Gilreath and retired Airport Firefighter Roger Hamilton, have been virtual no-shows on the campaign trail. In fact, both Masters and Dressman finished ahead of Gilreath and Hamilton in the primary even though there were signs posted in each precinct stating that votes for the two withdrawn candidates would not count.
Eight candidates moved on to the general election: incumbent Steve Frank, former city commissioner Mildred Rains, and challengers Chuck Eilerman, Ed Faulkner, Greg Paeth, Michelle Williams, and Hamilton & Gilreath. Then came news in late September that Faulkner, another strong candidate, had to withdraw from the race for health reasons. As the field dwindled one more time, recently retired assistant chief of the Covington Fire Department, Alan "Chip" Terry was added as a write-in candidate.
The city commission candidates first met at a debate at Ninth Street Baptist Church in an event sponsored by OASIS, Inc (See: City Commission Candidates Make Their Cases in First Debate & Bonus Coverage)
Covington Board of Education
Perhaps the most competitive and contentious race in Covington this election season is that for the three (of five) seats available on the Covington School Board. At the election filing deadline, ten candidates threw their hats in the ring for the three seats, including two incumbents and eight challengers. One candidate, Joseph Petty, has since withdrawn, leaving nine candidates in the field: incumbents Mike Fitzgerald and Glenda Huff and challengers Christi Blair, Joyce Baker, Everett Dameron, Kerry Holleran, Tom Miller, Rebecca Pettigrew, and Jo Rogers.
The River City News featured an election preview interview with each candidate (See: Race for Covington School Board is Most Competitive)
They met again for their final forum at the American Legion Hall in Latonia (See: Final Debate Highlights Differences Among School Board Candidates)
State Senate/23rd District
State Senator Jack Westwood (R-Erlanger), who has represented Covington and northern Kenton County in Frankfort since first winning election to the office in 1996, announced his retirement this year. To replace him, the Republicans nominated Taylor Mill businessman Chris McDaniel and the Democrats nominated Villa Hills city councilman and attorney James Noll.
The pair met for just one debate, at Ninth Street Baptist Church in an event sponsored by OASIS, Inc (See: Denate: State Senate Candidates Spar Over Who Should Represent Covington in Frankfort)
Wallace Woods Corn Roast
The Wallace Woods neighborhood association hosted its corn roast which welcomes candidates every election cycle to campaign from a literal tree stump. Candidates from all four races explored above appeared at the event (See: Candidates in Covington Races Take to Stump)
Watch the broadcast coverage online
The Telecommunications Board of Northern Kentucky has had a broadcast crew at nearly all of these events and their coverage is posted in full online. Watch the videos and decide for yourself. Click Here (there are two pages of videos)