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At Least 3 New People Will Be on Ludlow City Council Next Year. These are the Candidates.

These are the candidates for Ludlow City Council. Six will be elected next Tuesday.

Incumbents:

  • Tom Amann

    • Tom Amann has lived in Ludlow for 11 years and has served on the Ludlow City Council for two terms. In that time, Mr. Amann has served on the Finance Committee and Public Works Committee. He is a graduate of Centre College and the University of Kentucky Law School.

  • Josh Boone

    • Josh Boone is a fourth-generation resident of Ludlow and has lived on Elm Street his whole life. Mr. Boone is a 2008 Northern Kentucky University graduate of Political Science and has served in City Council for two terms.

  • Bill Mullins

    • Bill Mullins has lived in Ludlow for the past 15 years. He is the owner of Middendorf-Bullock Funeral Homes and has been both President and Vice President of the Northern District of the Kentucky Funeral Directors Association. During his only term in City Council, Mr. Mullins has served on the Public Safety Committee and spent a decade on the Ludlow Civil Service Board.

    • “The primary goal of next term would be trying to get more retail business in town. Over the last few years we've garnered several new businesses that have helped the community to where folks haven't had to go outside to get some of the various resources that are now available to them. Also, I would like to see some of the city's infrastructure repaired and improved. I'm looking forward to the Riverfront Commons project going in. I think that's going to be an asset to all the river communities and I think it's going to be a highly used recreational area when it's all said and done.”

       

Challengers:

  • Dan Ashcraft

    • Dan Ashcraft retired from the radio industry after 35 years in radio management positions.

    • “I want to run because I was born in Ludlow. My father owned a business there for 30 years. I feel like Ludlow is on the verge of an explosion much like what happened in Newport or Bellevue and I think it's really important that we have our council and the mayor working together to make sure it's done the right way so that we have really good new businesses, new homes, rehabbed homes, that all make sense to both maintain the history of the city.”

    • “I've never been a public servant but I think it's time. I think when you're asked to help, when there's a call, I think we all owe it to our government, our city, our people of the city to help when called upon.”

    • “I think using technology that improves city government, using grant money where we can find it in Frankfort to help our residents to rehab homes.”

  • Michele Cartwright

    • Michele Cartwright has been a Ludlow resident since 2006. In that time, she has served on the Sesquicentennial Committee and was vice president on the River's Breeze Home Owner's Association Board. She earned her BA in Psychology from the University of Kentucky and an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University.

    • I like to do what I can to help the projects or companies or cities that I love and I love Ludlow and I want to offer my services and my talents to do what I can to help it keep growing in a positive direction.

    • I think an increase in community pride will trickle into a lot of subsequent issues. I think it's important that city council look at every decision comes across the council's desk with an open mind and without a set agenda.

    • Along with increasing community pride, I'd also like to increase commerce and property value.

  • Julia Terry Navarre

    • Julia Terry Navarre is a member of the Ludlow-Bromley Garden Club and of the Ludlow Historical Society.

    • “I see that the city has made a vast improvement in trying to bring in some new business and clean up some of the blight and I feel like there is much more to be done, and I would like to be part of that adventure.”

    • “More of the blight houses need to be cleaned up and we need more businesses in town.”

    • “I think that the council will need to work together and we need to reach out to those small businesses which have been successful in other small towns, and see if they couldn't expand their shops into Ludlow.”

  • John “Van” Collins

    • Lifelong Ludlow resident.

  • Artie Malone

    • Artie Malone is a lifelong Ludlow resident and volunteer with the Ludlow Fire Department.

  • Bill Whiteley

    • Bill Whitely is a longtime Ludlow resident and Former Director of Ludlow Youth Football.

    • “The three incumbents that are leaving did a very good job and I basically kind of wanted to stay on the same railroad tracks and keep the city moving in a positive direction like they did. Continue their good work, I guess you could say.”

    • “I think we need to develop some off-street parking. I know some people who drive by and need to stop for this and stop for that, and they keep driving by because they can't find a place to park. So that's where I would like to start.

Editor's note: Some candidates did not return repeated requests for comment. Some information was taken from the Ludlow Connection.

Written by Bryan Burke, associate editor

Photo: Ludlow, KY