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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Fort Thomas Political Update



Fresh off some big national headlines related to politics that includes the passage of a giant health care bill and the talk of mid-term elections perhaps it is time to start talking about some local politics and prepare for a plethora of yard signs like the ones above from a previous Virginia state race.

There really does not appear to be the same type of hard issues facing the city this year as there was 2 years ago.  Have we grown complacent or are we really that satisfied with where the city is headed?  In addition to the city council race again we also have the mayoral race taking place again which has the potential of firing up the election locally.

With deadline for candidate filings just 3 short weeks away (Jan 23rd) I thought I would check in to see who if any have filed for the local races.  A quick call to the Campbell County Courthouse indicates that no local Fort Thomas candidates have filed for any races.  Is anyone aware of any new challengers for council or for mayor?

Some updates to local news that could provide some issues for candidates to seize (assuming that it is a competitive race) include:

1. Rossford Park - a little shocked at the price tag.  While the plan has been approved financing has not been decided.  The plan will likely still be 2 - 3 years or more before the vision becomes a reality.  Given that fact that it has been at least a year converting the tennis courts in Highland Park to volleyball courts and it is still not completed or the time it has taken to get the amphitheater fill dirt leveled out I am guessing it will be some time to see the full plan realized.

2. Counting the Deer Population - $8,000 seems like a small price to pay to get a baseline of the deer population.  I had advocated this approach 2 years ago when the deer hunt was an issue.  The outrage seems to have subsided now but this should be at least a good factual data point to evaluate as decisions about the hunt and how to control the deer population re-emerge at the end of 2010 when the initial plan expires.

Also, there was a recent article on Cincinnati.com where the County Clerk indicates that there will be paper ballots in the 2010 election cycle instead of voting machines.  This feels like a step back to me but the reason given was to speed up voting.  I just hope it doesn't create quality problems in the vote count.

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