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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Fort Thomas Matters Election Bio: Tom Lampe, Campbell County Commissioner

Tom Lampe is running for Campbell County Commissioner
by Tom Lampe
Candidate for Campbell County Commissioner

Three issues and advantages facing Campbell County

1. Addressing public safety, including the heroin epidemic

The most important role of government is to make sure that our communities are safe. This starts with strong and effective police departments and fire departments and districts. Unfortunately, no community is immune to crime and we must continue to make fighting crime and improved public safety as the number one priority throughout Campbell County.

The heroin epidemic that has been ravaging the entire Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati region the last couple years has touched many lives in Campbell County, resulting in deaths, heartbreak, and increased criminal activities that affect all of us.

As a county commissioner, I will work hard to find treatment solutions for those who are addicted to this drug, but with the right treatment, can be saved from chemical dependency. I will also fight for stronger laws and penalties and strict enforcement of these laws against those who traffic this drug and all other illegal drugs in our communities.

2. Jobs/economy

We need to make sure to make sure that Campbell County is a well-educated and business-friendly community that attracts businesses and jobs. After all, good schools and strong employment, supporting the families who live here, is the lifeblood of our county.

We are very fortunate that some of the top public and private high schools in the state and one of Kentucky’s top institutions of higher education – Northern Kentucky University – are located in Campbell County. The county needs to work closely with local school districts and parochial schools and with NKU to promote educational excellence and economic development opportunities so that these talented students can help our county continue further grow and prosper.

We also need to make sure that we make it easy to do business in Campbell County, such having the appropriate infrastructure in place and promoting an environment of limited government and business-friendly practices that will attract, rather than repel, new businesses to our area and encourages existing businesses to expand.

3. Elect experience

I believe that I am the most experienced and qualified candidate running for Commissioner on the Campbell County Fiscal Court.

I have served six terms as a council member on the Fort Thomas City Council, including serving as chairman of the Public Safety and Parks and Recreation Committees and on the Finance and Public Works Committees. My opponent has no prior experience serving as an elected official or working in local government.

I also have more than 30 years experience in sales and business development for various companies, including my current position as director of sales for Stand Energy. In addition, I have more than 12 years experience in the field of commercial real estate investment and management. My opponent, on the other hand, has only a few years of business experience. For these reasons, I believe I am the right candidate for Campbell County Commissioner.

Lampe bio:

I currently chair the Fort Thomas Public Safety Committee, and I also serve as a member of the Public Works Committee and the Finance Committee.  During my time as a member of the Finance Committee, I was part of a team responsible for overseeing the city’s $10 million budget and I focused on keeping the city on solid financial ground with no reduction in services through the recent economic downturn.

As chairman of the city’s Parks and Recreation Committee, I was part of a team responsible for overseeing $5 million in improvements to the city’s parks, including new shelters and restrooms in Tower Park and Highland Hills Park and a complete rebuilding of Rossford Park. I also worked with the Fort Thomas Independent School District, residents, and other organizations on improvements to the Tower Park soccer stadium, the Highland Hills Park baseball field, new youth soccer fields at South Park, and a new softball complex at Winkler Field.

I was raised in Fort Thomas and graduated from St. Thomas Elementary School, St. Xavier High School, and Xavier University, where I received a marketing degree. I am married to Kim (formerly Dobbling) and we have three sons, Tyler, Will, and John.

I work as director of sales at Stand Energy in Cincinnati, and I have previously held sales and business development positions with Wendling Printing, Tapke Asset Management, Trellis Companies, and NCR Corp.

I have served as a member of the St. Catherine of Siena Board of Education; a lector at St. Catherine of Siena Parish; a member of the Lions Club of Fort Thomas. I currently serve on the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Foundation Board as a member of the Business Support Committee.

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