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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Campbell Co. Judge Executive Race

Since neither Steve Pendery (Fort Thomas) nor Andrea Janovic (Newport) took up Fort Thomas Matters' invitation to speak directly to readers, I'll post their responses from a Cincinnati.com article in which they were asked why voters should check their name on the ballot.

Janovic: "I believe that I bring to the table a different set of skills and a different attitude than what has been there for the last decade or more. I believe my orientation is and always has been, and always will be, the individuals of Campbell County and their quality of life, their businesses. I'm an entrepreneurial person as well - I'm an attorney. I know what it's like to have income come in or not, or have different factors affect my well-being on a weekly basis. And also my background with issues of education and diversity. My background was anthropology and living abroad, and seeing beyond the borders of Campbell County and seeing how other cities have done things and provided services in different ways."

Pendery: "I think I've done a very good job over the course of a long period of time. I bothered to learn my job. I started at the beginning end of the scale as a city councilman and I worked my way up, having developed the expertise to handle the job, and I think what America needs these days are good managers.

"What's wrong with the country has a lot more to do with financial management than any other single issue, and we need to look to people who have some experience at that for answers."

Some key points/quotes from the article that I found interesting:
  • Janovic, a Democrat, is being supported by the Northern Kentucky Tea Party - in my opinion - due to the fact that she is against the smoking ban on businesses.
  • There is talk that even if Pendery loses his position as Judge Exec, he (along with Drees and Moore) will pass the ban during his last months as a lame duck official. He denies this.
  • When told of Janovic's assertion that Pendery is out of touch with Campbell Co. residents, I thought Pendery's retort was interesting.
"I go to hundreds of community meetings a year, and have for 27 years. You know how many times I've seen my opponent? I met her for the first time at the Enquirer endorsement interview. So who's out of touch? Would that be me or her at that point?"

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