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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Fort Thomas Politics: Filing Deadline Edition

There are two elections this upcoming November that have a Fort Thomas flavor. The City Council, which actually isn't an election at all, and Campbell County Sheriff.

6 filed for 6 seats for council this year. James Doepker, who has served on council for 11 years, and Jill Steller are not seeking reelection.

In their stead, Ken Bowman and Jay Fossett will join the other four incumbents on council.

In the wake of the abrupt resignation of Sheriff John Dunn, three have filed to take over the term that will expire in 2014.

Fort Thomas resident, and long-time politician, Dave Otto (D), was nominated by the Democratic party last week.

Otto, who served as county commissioner for 26 years, and Jeff Kidwell (R) should make this race one of the most heated in the area come November.

Kidwell, Chairman of the Campbell County Republican Party and Constable for the last 17 years, filed to run for Sheriff 15 minutes before the 4:00 deadline yesterday afternoon.

In somewhat of a shocking nature, the Fourth Congressional District Libertarian Party, amassed enough signatures to nominate John G. Crum Jr. before the deadline as well. Crum, a 25-year old microbiology student from NKU has an interesting platform on which he in running.

If elected, he is planning on merging the Sheriff's office and the Campbell County Police Department and would only accept pay for the hours he worked, in lieu of the typical office salary.

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