Op-Ed: Re-Elect Sherry Carran, Keep Covington Moving Forward
The following op-ed is written by Covington Mayor Sherry Carran.
If you haven’t visited Covington recently, there’s no better time to do so than right now.
Home to 19 unique neighborhoods, Covington is a city rich in history, architecture, diversity, and culture. Although I was not born in Covington, I have spent the past 25+ years serving this city as a resident and, since 2007, as an elected official.
Four years ago this month, I was elected the city’s first female mayor. At that time, Covington was facing many challenges, but there were several signs the city was ready to turn things around. Although it hasn’t always been easy and many difficult decisions had to be made along the way, Covington has made tremendous progress during my brief time as mayor and is in a great position to continue building on its strengths this year, next year, and for many years to come.
Over the past several weeks, as I went door-to-door to meet with residents and talk about their city, I’ve been excited to share the details of all of the wonderful things that are happening right now in Covington. I’ve had the good fortune of working with some of the most intelligent, hard-working, and creative people I’ve ever known at City Hall and by taking a collaborative approach, we’ve been able to accomplish so much in the last four years.
To increase public safety and crack down on crime and drug trafficking, we recently hired 10 new police officers and voted to add over 30 new police cruisers to the city’s fleet. Additionally, we’ve been able to purchase a new ladder truck, two new pumpers, and two new ambulances for our fire department and secured a federal safety grant to bring on eight new firefighters.
To improve our aging infrastructure and quality of life for residents, the city has purchased 10 new trucks for our Department of Public Improvements to assist with snow and ice removal and other projects, including urban forestry efforts and road repairs, across the city. We’ve also repaired sidewalks in South Covington and Latonia and have now turned our attention to the sidewalks in the northern part of the city. Additionally, the city has also established a partnership with SD1 to address sewer line, sanitation, and flooding issues in various neighborhoods across Covington.
Perhaps the biggest strides, however, have been made in the area of economic development. While we were all shocked by the recent announcement by the IRS, this decision does not discredit all of the hard work our staff has done to attract new businesses, kick-start residential projects, push forward with riverfront development plans, improve streetscapes, and increase investment in our city.
Major employers, including CTI and Huntington Bank, will be bringing over 700 jobs and $60 million in gross annual wages to Covington, generating $800,000 in new revenue for the city. Other significant projects, such as the Market Lofts, Pike Star Commons, Duveneck Square, John R. Green Lofts, the Mutual Building, The Boone Block, The Doctor’s Building, and 501 Main, have fulfilled the demand for more residential units in the city’s urban core.
These developments, along with plans for a new riverfront park, $4.2 million in streetscape grants, the installation of Red Bike stations, the growth of Gateway College, the opening of Braxton Brewing Co., the restoration of the Hellmann Lumber Mill and Lincoln Grant School, and a flurry of new restaurants and shops opening across the city has brought a renewed energy to Covington and created some serious momentum heading into this important election.
As a city, we’ve bounced back in a big way since 2012. As mayor, I’ve gained invaluable experience and have learned the importance of working collaboratively at the local, regional, and state level. My focus is on the needs and dreams of the people of this city and to continue building on Covington’s many strengths. The positive energy flowing throughout the city and the high level of civic engagement make me very proud to not only be a part of the change happening in Covington, but proud to call this place my home.
I have been honored to serve as the city’s mayor and have given everything I have to this city before and during my time in office. I am not a career politician, but a public servant, and it is a responsibility I do not take lightly. This is an important election for our city and I would love the opportunity to work with and for the residents of Covington to keep the city moving in the right direction. We have accomplished much, but I believe we’re just getting started.
Together, let’s keep Covington moving forward.
I am Sherry Carran and I humbly ask for your vote on Election Day.