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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Meet John Slawter: Candidate For Fort Thomas City Council

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By John Slawter

My call to service and leadership came early.  My father, a Vietnam veteran and local pharmacist, and my mother, an educator at Highlands High School and Northern Kentucky University, were the most influential figures in my life.  With their guidance and support, I became captain of the men’s swim team at Highlands, was elected Class President, and earned a congressional nomination to attend the United States Military Academy.  Following graduation from West Point, my service continued in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the leadership lessons I learned continue to guide me in my current role in the healthcare industry.

What really makes my story unique, however, is the support that I received throughout the process.  In addition to my parents, the teachers, coaches, and mentors that I had in Ft. Thomas not only gave me the tools necessary to succeed but, more importantly, demonstrated the leadership that makes this city such a special place to live and raise a family.  The citizens of Ft. Thomas and their commitment to family and children, pride in our city, and seemingly limitless volunteerism and civic involvement are the inspiration for my candidacy for city council.

As a councilman of Ft. Thomas, I will focus on three goals: the safety of our residents, continued excellence in our schools, and support for our small businesses.

I believe the safety of our residents is the primary purpose of government.  The children in our schools, pedestrians on our streets, and residents in our homes should always feel safe in Ft. Thomas.  I will do everything I can to support our Police and Fire Departments and ensure they have the resources needed to protect us.  I will also seek the recommendations of our residents to guide changes to our streets, public areas, city ordinances, and policies regarding safety in our schools.

Ft. Thomas Independent Schools have always been the mainstay of our community.    The physical changes of our schools are the most noticeable result of tireless efforts of our school board, the Ft. Thomas Education Foundation, and the residents of our city.  However, the bricks and mortar that you see are really just part of the evidence of what really makes our schools so successful.  Our students, their parents, and the teachers and administrators that guide their development are truly the backbone of Ft. Thomas.  As a city councilman, I will support any effort to advance the education of our children in Ft. Thomas.

Small businesses in Ft. Thomas are on the rise.  The efforts of the Ft. Thomas Renaissance, the Ft. Thomas Business Association, and our business owners have made dramatic changes in our business districts.  Their efforts not only drive economic development for the city and provide employment opportunity to our residents, but also beautify our streets and add to the charm of our community.  I will do everything I can to make it easier to start a small business in our community, attract customers, and improve the streetscape of our community.

The citizens of Ft. Thomas and their pride in our community continue to motivate me, and I would be honored to serve as a member of City Council.  I feel incredibly fortunate to have grown up here, raise my family here, and now have the opportunity to serve here.  I am committed to our safety, the continued excellence of our schools, and the growth of our businesses.  I look forward to hearing your ideas and concerns, your recommendations on how to best represent you, and I appreciate your vote for city council.

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