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Huizenga Announces Candidacy for Covington City Commission

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Jordan Huizenga announced his candidacy for Covington City Commission.

The 27-year old development director at Covington-based Children, Inc. will be making his first foray into politics.

“I'm running for Covington City Commission because I love this community and I believe that I have the skills and work ethic to help take the city to the next level,” Huizenga said. “I know that Covington is on the precipice of greatness as a community and I will work hard to help the city achieve its full potential.”

Raised in Anderson Township, Huizenga moved to Covington shortly after joining Children, Inc in 2009. He lived in Licking Riverside and then he and his wife whom he married in 2009, moved to Wallace Woods before buying their first home in Old Seminary Square, a property aimed at young professionals and first-time homebuyers through Covington's Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

"Not everyone can be blessed to grow up in Covington but I think more people should have the opportunity to know how great it is to live here," Huizenga said.

At 27-years old, Huizenga said that his age is not as important as the perspective he offers. "I want more people to have the experience that I've had with Covington. I started working here and realized it's a great city and there are a lot of great amenities, restaurants, bars, and entertainment," he said. "The streets are walkable, the neighbors are friendly, and the cost of living is very affordable."

"I think it's less important that I'm in my twenties and more important that I want more people to have that experience."

Huizenga's platform will focus primarily on jobs, housing, and education. In particular, Huizenga said, he wants to promote new business development in the city, create more mixed-use housing, and work with Covington schools to invest in early childhood education and innovative educational approaches.

“If elected as a City Commissioner, I will focus on communication, collaboration, and transparency,” Huizenga said. “I will also encourage the city to make smart, strategic investments to help grow Covington into a great city once again.”

Huizenga is a 2008 graduate of the University of Dayton, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in communications, and a 2012 graduate of Northern Kentucky University, where he earned a master’s degree in business administration.

Huizenga is a leader in several of community organizations. He is currently president-elect of LEGACY Young Professionals association, is a member of the Northern Kentucky Forum Board, and is a member of the Old Seminary Square Neighborhood Association, Linden Gateway Small Area Study Leadership group and the Westside Action Coalition. Huizenga lives in Covington with his wife, Lauren, who practices law in Ohio.

Story by Michael Monks

Photo: Jordan Huizenga/provided

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