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Peluso to Seek Reelection as Newport Mayor

He's in.

Jerry Peluso announced Monday that he will seek a third term as mayor of Newport, citing a long list of accomplishments and growth in the city since his election to the post in 2008. Prior to that, Peluso spent 21 years as a city commissioner.

In his announcement, Peluso said that Newport has seen "an unprecedented period of job growth, new businesses locating in the city, and prosperity."

During just the last year, 40 new businesses have located in Newport, creating 255 new jobs, while existing businesses such as Nexigen added another 150 job, Peluso noted. Additionally, he said, construction on two new hotels adjacent to Newport the Levee - Aloft and the Hampton Inn – were started in 2015, and construction is continuing on Aqua, a 239 upscale apartment complex also adjacent to The Levee, and new Aldi grocery store on the site of a former Kmart store.

Other major projects during Mayor Peluso’s term, as cited by the candidate, include:

  • The continued development of Newport Pavilion shopping center, which features Kroger, Target as well as several restaurants, retailers and services.

  • New housing opportunities at the Monmouth Row and Vue 180 apartments and through Newport Neighborhood Foundations, which develops single family housing for first-time homebuyers and others.

  • The reemergence of the Monmouth Street business district.

  • Construction of walking, biking, and hiking paths as part of the Riverfront Commons riverfront trails.

  • Development of the KY Route 9 improvements, a $30 million state-funded project that is connecting Newport’s riverfront with the AA Highway and Interstate 275 while opening up economic development opportunities on the city’s far west side and along the Ohio Riverfront.

  • The upscale grocery store Fresh Thyme is scheduled to open Jan. 27 in the Newport Plaza.

“Everyone knows I’m a big baseball fan, and the most successful ball clubs always have great teamwork,” Mayor Peluso said. “I have a great team to work with here at Newport. We’ve been able accomplish so much working as a team that I’m just a part of and includes Vice Mayor Frank Peluso, City Commissioners Tom Guidugli Jr., Beth Fennell and John Hayden and a professional and experienced administration led by City Manager Tom Fromme.

“We have accomplished a great deal, and I look forward to continuing to work together to bring jobs and businesses to Newport, attracting new residents, improving infrastructure and we lead the city into the future.”

Mayor Peluso, who has worked in the retail industry for more than 30 years, is a fixture in Newport and is often seen along Monmouth Street and in the city’s neighborhoods, visiting residents and business owners and operators and learning how he can do an even better job leading the city.

“I know of no one who loves Newport more than Jerry Peluso,” said Jack Moreland, president of Southbank Partners, which helps coordinate and manage economic development and infrastructure improvements in Northern Kentucky’s River Cities. “His passion, vision and hard work have helped spur a tremendous period of growth, progress and stability in Newport.”

So far, Peluso has drawn one challenger to his post: Newport community organizer Josh Tunning announced his intentions to seek to the city's top elected position.
 
On the commission side, three incumbents have filed papers to run again: Fennell, Hayden, and Peluso. Former Campbell County Commissioner Ken Rechtin, who was previously a Newport city commissioner, has also filed to run for a seat on the board, according to the Kentucky Secretary of State's office.
 
-Staff report
Photo: Jerry Peluso (provided)