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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Northern Kentucky Forum Partners with LEGACY to Explore: What Compels Young Leaders to Run For Office?

The Northern Kentucky Forum welcomes partners for this event, LEGACY, Fort Thomas Matters and The River City News.
L to R: Wil Schroder, Ryan Salzman, Carla Landon, Aftab Pureval, Stacy Tapke, Jordan Huizenga, Ben Baker. FTM file. 
One of the strengths of our region is the interest and engagement in the social well being by our young leaders.

On Wednesday, February 24 at Molly Malone’s in Covington, we’ll find out what is the common fiber among these young leaders who choose to thrust themselves into the public political limelight.

Laura Menge, created Build-In last year, an event series through Legacy that highlights our region’s unique and exceptional assets.
L to R: Huizenga, Menge and Baker. 

LEGACY encourages young leaders who embrace the principles of meaningful participation, effective citizenship and extraordinary imagination to unite in an effort to enhance the quality of life and economic well being in the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati communities.

"Among the things I love best about Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky are the leadership opportunities for young professionals who have talent, ambition, and a servant's heart,” she said. “Individuals in the first half of their careers who endeavor to hold public office and commit so boldly and nobly to the welfare of their communities is remarkable. When voters elect them as leaders, that makes this region even more remarkable," said Menge.

Fort Thomas resident, Carla Landon, is the Chairwoman of the Northern Kentucky Forum. She said she’s excited for this event.

“The Northern Kentucky Forum is a partnership of the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, Skyward and LEGACY.  We are excited to partner with LEGACY on this event which will highlight the energy we have in our region,” said Landon.

Some of the panelists of the discussion are on our cover this month. Here’s what some of them had to say about their interest in politics and helping shape policy at a young age:

Wil Schroder, District 24 State Senator: Sometimes taking a big risk can be intimidating.  Whether you are considering going to law school, making a career move, or running for political office, there are a million excuses you can come up with to play it safe.  However, the best accomplishments in life usually only come with hard work, sacrifice, and determination.  I’ll always remember my father’s advice he gave me when I was contemplating running for the State Senate, “you can’t get anywhere without a fight.”

Jordan Huizenga, Covington Commissioner: I wanted to run for office to improve my community and advocate for issues that matter to me and other residents in Covington. This region provides outstanding opportunities for all people to get involved and make a difference. If you want to change something, stand up and do it!

Ben Baker, Vice Mayor City of Dayton Kentucky: I’d never considered running for office until moving to Dayton and getting involved with the Main Street Board.  It’s true what they say about energy, it can be transferred.  After seeing how the energy put into the Main Street Board transferred into positive change in that particular neighborhood I realized I wanted to be able to help even more beyond just the main street and bring positive energy to the whole city.

Ryan Salzman, Bellevue City Council: Effective democracy requires participation, and good policy should be vetted by individuals with view points that reflect the various needs and desires of residents. I feel like I can speak for Bellevue residents like me while also learning about and appreciating the views of others not like me. Also, it requires time and energy that I felt I had to give.

Aftab Pureval, Candidate for Hamilton County Clerk of Courts: I've always been interested in public service and I've always believed that government can be an instrument of good, a way to change things for the better.  I think people our age do a disservice to themselves and their communities when they sit on the sidelines and leave to other people the important work of shaping what our future will look like.
Adam Meier. FTM file. 

The Northern Kentucky Forum is a partnership of the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, Skyward and LEGACY - three nonpartisan groups in Northern Kentucky dedicated to public engagement. The Forum conducts several "public square" events each year around current events and public policy in locations across Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties. Forum events are free and the Northern Kentucky community as a whole.

When: Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 6 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Where: Molly Malones, 112 E 4th Street, Covington, KY 41011 

Admission: This event is FREE and open to the public. 
RSVP: Register here. Find us online or on Facebook. “Northern Kentucky Forum.” 
More: The event will begin with a Happy Hour and move to a panel discussion.

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