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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Campbell County Primary Election: Jerry Gearding, 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 Jerry Gearding

There are many reasons that I have chosen to run for political office. Probably the easiest answer is because I started to pay attention to how our county government is currently being run and realized that we need CHANGE.

Did you know that two thirds of our County Commissioners have voted exactly the same as the Judge Executive on every vote while in office? What’s the chances of that? No one will tell me how to vote except my constituents. District 2 has been ignored because the current Commissioner has refused to do so. That needs to change.

We need to change the fact that our taxes go up EVERY year and find ways to cut spending. According to, we have the 2nd highest property tax rate, no matter how they spin it, out of 120 counties in the state and it is a shocking 63% higher that the state average. They justify it by saying that it’s just the compensating rate. Don’t believe them. How many of our hard-working families here can vote themselves a 4% raise every year. Not many. We need to cut wasteful spending first and I will work hard for you to find areas where we can. Our citizens live within their means and so should our county government.

We also need to change our strategy on fighting this terrible opioid epidemic because what we are doing now is clearly not working. We have lost far too many of our citizens to it far too early. What we are doing now is CLEARLY not working. We need to get those addicted help and get TOUGH on those who sell. We will provide our first responders and our police all the resources that they need to help the addicted and to find and bust the losers who sell it.

Campbell County must become more business friendly. Have you ever noticed that all the fancy charts and statistics that some of the other candidates throw out are based upon a combination of all three NKY counties? While we do benefit from business and jobs in the region, let’s face the facts; we are always third. It’s TIME to put Campbell County FIRST.

Most importantly, I believe that some our elected officials here have forgotten who they work for. Our Constitution clearly states that they work for us not the other way around. These career politicians seem to forget that the longer that they are in office. As a supporter of term limits, I am the only candidate who has vowed to run for only 2 consecutive terms.

I’m also the only candidate who has volunteered to donate 50% of my salary to local charities.

I learned at an early age that hard work pays off. I started my career working in the mailroom while at the same time attending College to learn computers. In the 30 years since then I have worked my way up through the years, led large teams, managed large projects and large budgets. I am currently the CTO at my company and specialize in big data, cloud infrastructure and predictive analytics. I have also won national awards for data management and analytics technologies, presented at global conferences and am a member of the Oracle Big Data Leaders advisory team.

I believe that between my life experiences and business skills that I have a lot to bring to our county government. I vow to you that If elected that no one will work harder for you. Unlike some of the current and former members of the fiscal court, I am a man I word and will keep my campaign promises and will always be honest and represent you with integrity.

Please vote on May 22nd and let’s return our county government to the people!

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