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Eilerman to Seek Reelection to Covington City Commission

Covington City Commissioner Chuck Eilerman announced that he will file for reelection Monday.

"Simply put, I am running because I have a lifelong love for, and pride in, Covington," Eilerman said. "We have accomplished a great deal following the course set by (former) Mayor (Chuck) Scheper. There is more to do."

Eilerman is a commercial real estate agent with Huff Realty and is a past member of the Kenton County Planning Commission, a current member of the Linden Gateway Implementation Committee, Covington Educational Foundation (vice president), Renaissance Covington (past board chairman), Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Covington Business Council (2006 Mike Partin Community Leadership Award), Friends of Covington (2008 award recipient), Botany Hills Neighborhood Association (founding member), Latonia Business Association, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, and the Kentucky League of Cities.

He represents the City of Covington at the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission and the River Cities Governance Coalition and is a member of the Cov 200 bicentennial committee.

Eilerman's family operated the Eilerman's department stores located in Covington, Newport, and Ohio, as well as a Downtown Covington radio station. He has worked in state government in the governor's office and three different cabinet departments, has worked for a Louisville planning firm, and since the late 1980s, has worked in real estate.

Eilerman is a graduate of Harvard Business School, Thomas More College, and St. Xavier High School (Cincinnati). He was first elected in 2012.

"Covington is a wonderful community, with diverse and engaged residents, capable and dedicated public servants, and exceptional collaborative partners, "Eilerman said. "I am dedicated to ensuring that our revitalization be comprehensive and citywide, and will continue to be accessible and responsive to concerns and suggestions."

Candidates have until Tuesday to file.

More candidates have filed than have announced publicly through the media. Those who have announced publicly are former City Commissioner Jerry Bambergerincumbent Steve Frank, and challengers Chas BrannenMichael BrosmoreJordan HuizengaDanny Jackson, and Bill Wells

On paper, there are ten candidates running for the four seats on the Covington City Commission. If more than eight stay in the race, there will be a competitive primary in May. In November, eight candidates that advance in May will vie for the four seats and their two-year terms.

Photo: Chuck Eilerman/provided