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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Meet Lisa Kelly: Candidate for Fort Thomas City Council

Lisa Kelly. FTM file. 
I am proud to say Fort Thomas is my home.

I have lived in Fort Thomas almost my entire life.  I attended St. Thomas for grade school and Newport Central Catholic before moving on to Northern Kentucky University.   I own a small business in town, Dirty Hairy’s Dog Spa and in March will be opening the doors to a Pet Wants franchise, specializing in pet nutrition and carrying food free of corn, gluten, and soy which is made fresh each month. These two businesses will be combined at the new location 1118 South Fort Thomas Avenue in the historic Midway District.

As a business owner with a storefront, I've always been accessible to our residents and take pride in listening to both sides of the story, no matter what the issue.  I take extreme care and precaution to researching everything I can know about an issue before I act as your representative.

As an example, I was one of only two who voted to not raise property taxes in 2015 after hearing both sides of the situation. Our city and staff has done such a good job being fiscally responsible, that I felt our taxpayers needed a break.

I chose to raise my children in this community. My daughter Alex, 19, is a Highlands graduate, and my son Max, is currently a junior at Highlands. Fort Thomas is truly second to none in many aspects and I'm so happy they have been able to experience what I did growing up. With that said, I believe there is still work to be done.

I have served four terms on City Council and am currently seeking my fifth. Currently, I serve as the Chairman for the Recreation Committee and serve on the Finance Committee and the Law, Labor and License Committees well.  I am deeply committed to maintaining and also enhancing the unique qualities that make our city truly one of kind.  Our community is safe, our school system is top notch, our parks are beautiful and well maintained.

What strikes me the most is that in this close knit town.  When someone needs some support, whether it's a business or individual, I am proud to watch everyone chip in and rally behind them. That does not happen everywhere.

I feel community involvement is vital and would love to see more residents attend meetings and feel welcome to voice their opinions and concerns. We are currently looking to explore, set some long term goals,  and have brainstorming sessions for our new five year plan.  We will be seeking community input, ideas, and feedback in the coming months. I am excited to hear what you think our town needs.

As the second-most tenured council person, I feel like I can continue to move our city forward and I ask that in November, you re-elect me to continue to do just that.

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