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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Campbell County Primary Election: Geoff Besecker, County Commissioner District 2

Editor's Note: Campbell County has six countywide contested primary elections on May 22. Republicans will vote in five of those contests (Judge Executive, Commissioner District 1, District 2, District 3 and Jailer. Democrats will have one primary (U.S. Congress Representative in the 4th District). 

Additionally, there is a contested primary in Bellevue (Mayor) and in some parts of the county for Constable. 

To review a sample ballot, click here.

FTM will publish all articles written by the candidates in order to give the voting electorate a better understanding on how they may elect. 

We gave a simple prompt: Why Are You Running? Their answer is below. 

Campbell County Commissioner (District 2)

By Geoff Besecker 

With a passion for service to our community, I entered the race in August of 2017 as a republican to run for County Commissioner of the 2nd district, the seat currently held by Charlie Coleman who is not running for re-election. I am a 47-year- old longtime resident of Grant’s Lick where my wife Toni and I have raised four boys. As a listener, collaborator, and local leader, I look to bring a variety of experience and leadership to the Campbell County Fiscal Court as your commissioner. Being raised in a family taught to always put others first, my vision has been forged by a lifetime of service.

With a long history of leadership in Campbell County I have served and taught for over two decades in the Campbell County School system, an have had a direct and positive impact on over 5,000 students and families. As a National Board Certified educator I teach United States history, criminal justice, civics and Advanced Placement Government and Politics. Most importantly, I believe in the principles I teach my students: a limited government that is responsible to We the People. I will continue to support and promote our community public and private schools as being the foundation of our bright future.

I have been honored to serve on numerous Site Based Councils at Campbell County High School while serving as the chair of principal selection in the past. For my work in civic engagement I was humbled by being recently honored as the Kentucky Veterans of Foreign War “State Teacher of the Year.” As a firm supporter of our military, I continue to host local veterans in my classroom, engaging students and veterans in significant dialogue about service to our country and community.

Additionally, I have been honored by “Kids Voting Northern Kentucky” for my work promoting civic responsibility and leadership among area students. As past president of Teacher Leadership Northern Kentucky, I collaborated with many educators across our region to address educational issues confronting our schools, families, and students.

Coaching multiple sports over the last two and a half decades including basketball, Varsity baseball (head coach for four years), and football, I have fostered the development of student-athletes and helped hone their competitive spirit while focusing on sportsmanship and team building. As the district director I have also been instrumental in growing the Campbell County Schools’ youth basketball program and was recently honored by the district for my 15-year commitment to championship building through youth programs.

I am a long tenured deacon at Main Street Church where, as part of the Board of Directors, I also dedicate time to the CARE Mission, which serves as a resource center for those members of the community who are going through significant struggles when it comes to basic necessities like food, clothing, and spiritual guidance. Likewise, I have been an integral part of our youth group, serving as a mentor, counselor, and chaperone for our children.

To that end, I will build a coalition of community leaders – not just elected officials – to tackle the heroin epidemic. I promise to treat people and their opinions with the respect they deserve. Together we can find the best location for facilities, support for those families struggling with loved ones that are addicted, and promote educational programs for our young people to break the cycle of addiction. As an associate member of the Campbell County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #10, I have built significant relationships with local law enforcement and will be certain to provide them the resources necessary to be our first line of defense against dealers and criminals who peddle this devil to our residents.

For our residents I will lessen economic barriers while promising to be a good steward of your tax dollars. By building government efficiency in delivering the best basic road, safety, and recreation services that Campbell County can provide, I look to reduce your tax burden. I will fight unfunded mandates that are placing heavy burdens on the county budget, and I will work with state legislators to keep more of our state tax dollars right here where they belong. For far too long we have seen more of our resources being used in other parts of the state – that is money we need to stop giving away and use it to reduce our local taxes.

Collaborating with community business leaders, I look to attract business development throughout our county to help strengthen our already solid economic base. My focus will be to encourage economic growth while working to maintain and build necessary infrastructure improvements. As a county leader I will work with each city government to help meet their needs to ensure economic stability. I will promote the expansion of mixed-use development by encouraging developers to make the most use of the land and help eliminate urban sprawl. Likewise, I will assess needed infrastructure projects to keep our roadways safe and look for ways to mitigate traffic congestion.

Most importantly, I will always promote Campbell County to be a bright and shining community, not as a light to be hidden, but as a beacon for those in our region. I respectfully ask for your vote and your help to continue to make our community the best it can be.

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