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Friday, November 17, 2017

Camp Springs Resident Files to Run for Campbell County Judge Executive

Anna Zinkhon, a Republican from Camp Springs, has filed to run for Judge Executive of Campbell County.

She will challenge longtime incumbent, Steve Pendery (R-Fort Thomas), who was first elected as Campbell County Judge Executive in 1998. Pendery has filed a letter of intent with the County Clerk's office and Fort Thomas Matters has confirmed that he will indeed seek reelection.

A primary election will take place in May on 2018.

Zinkhon is an elected member of Campbell County Fire District One.

"I have decided to run for Campbell County Judge Executive because I want to contribute to the success of our county," she said. "I believe more regular working people need to get involved with our government.  As a country, we were the first people to create a Government for the People, By the People and to have many points of views and various walks of life so that all of the people would be fairly represented.  

"I want to run a campaign that is focused on listening and learning to what the people need."

Zinkhon has been one of the leading voices of opposition to the Northern Kentucky Sanitation District #1's decision to construct a pressurized raw sewer pipeline to run from Silver Grove through Camp Springs Valley along Owl Creek and Four Mile Creek. (SD1) began plans to address sewer overflows in 2008. According to the non-profit, Preserve and Protect Camp Springs, residents first learned of the proposed plans in 2010 and the first public hearing was held in 2013.

Zinkhon, and others, have battled the fiscal court and sanitation district because they believed the design for the pipeline chosen will lead to the destruction of their historic and agricultural community in Campbell County and that cleaner and more cost effective measures could be taken.

With the backing of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency binding federal consent decree requiring SD1 to improve water quality, SD1 believes the route through Camp Springs is the most efficient, cost-effective way to spend the money of the rate payers of SD1.

It's still a contentious topic today.

A lifelong Campbell County resident, Zinkhon owns and operates Misty Ridge Farm in Camp Springs, a full-time training and boarding service facility located near Silver Grove.

“Growing up on a farm and learning through hard work, I understand and appreciate the level of attachment our people have to their land,” she said.

She is a Bishop Brossart High School graduate and attended a vocational program at the Kentucky Horse Park where she learned horse management. She worked for Scripps Howard, Kroger and Chiquita Brand International in their IT departments.

PHOTO: Anna Zinkhon, provided. 

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