A former city councilman has filed to run for mayor of Ft. Mitchell.
Jude Hehman, a lifelong resident of the city, was the youngest person to be elected to city council when he was 21 years old. He served five two-year terms.
"We have a great city that I am committed to serving, and I have a vision and goals for the city government to make it better," Hehman said in an announcement. "We can do better by strengthening our fire and police departments and first responders. We must work as partners with our schools, small businesses, and neighborhoods to listen to their needs, concerns and suggestions of what we can do better. I look forward to talking with voters in the coming months and working to restore their faith in local government.”
Hehman is the CEO of Furlong Building Enterprises located in Wilder.
Former mayor and city administrator Bill Goetz supports Hehman. “Jude has the morals and integrity to lead the city, keeping it on solid financial footing, creating safe and livable neighborhoods and being a friend to our small businesses,” Goetz said in the campaign announcement.
A graduate of Blessed Sacrament, Beechwood High School, Hehman received his college education at Thomas More College and Northern Kentucky University. A life-long resident of the Fort Mitchell community, Jude Hehman is involved with charitable organizations and the Northern Kentucky Business Community. Hehman and his partner Pete Nicolaou, founded Furlong in 2010, at the height of the construction and real estate industry recession, and today it is a $6 million company with 11 employees. His
company has received numerous awards for its explosive growth and impressive customer list, including the Tri-State Success Awards two years in a row, was named to the Fast 55 list of fastest growing companies. Last fall Jude Hehman was named to the Business Courier’s list of young leaders, Forty Under 40 Award.
Jude Hehman is active at Blessed Sacrament School and Church, and has served on the board of Redwood School and the Holy Cross Parish Finance Committee. He coaches soccer at Blessed Sacrament School and has served in various capacities with Welcome House and the Northern KY Cold Shelter. Jude was a member of the 2011 Leadership Northern Kentucky class and is active with the Northern KY Chamber of Commerce.
Fort Mitchell is a fourth class city with a population of approximately 8,000. It is home to two schools Beechwood Independent and Blessed Sacrament parochial school. The current mayor is Chris Weist. Candidates have until August to file with the Kenton County Clerk for the November mayor and city council races.
Photo: Jude Hehman/provided