Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Lisa Kelly: Why I Am Running for Fort Thomas City Council

Lisa Kelly
My name is Lisa Kelly and I’m running for re-election as a write-in for Fort Thomas City Council. My 10 years of service on council gives me the experience to hit the ground running so I can be your voice and work on your behalf.

My work on the Recreation Committee that brought improvements to Highland, Tower and Rossford Parks shows that I care about our green space and providing enhanced recreation options for our residents. I want to continue to make our home town feel like a “city in a park” and help to successfully implement our visioning plan over the next 5 years and beyond. I want to preserve our green spaces and residential zones, create opportunities for work and play within the city, but doing so in an appropriate way that respects our beautiful city, its great heritage and its future growth.

I also understand the importance of attracting and supporting small business to our community. I am the owner of Dirty Hairy’s Dog Grooming Salon and a Pet Wants franchise in the midway district. I know the hard work it takes to be a successful business owner and I will help those who share these aspirations.

As a small retail business owner within our city, it couldn’t be any easier to reach out to me. There is not a day that goes by without a conversation about city business. I am always happy to engage in that topic and am also glad to see people that are sharing their thoughts and concerns.

I have consistently voted against the annual tax increase, supported outdoor seating for our restaurants, supported the VA Homes purchase/renovation, voted against commercial developments in residential areas and supported speed limit adjustments and safety enhancements at crosswalks. I will continue to advocate for a more equitable split of cost for road repairs with property owners.

The most important thing to me is that YOUR VOICE is heard, so I want to ensure we continue to work towards greater transparency, better communication and notifications of proposals/plans so that you also have an opportunity to be part of the city government process and are never “blindsided” by proposed changes within our city.

As the only woman running for council, I bring not only a female perspective but a mother’s perspective. Years ago, I made the choice to raise my children here for the same reasons that so many others have. We are fortunate to live in a safe, walkable city with top schools and a great balance of amenities. My daughter Alex, and son Max both graduated from Highlands and were given a start in their adult life unlike any available in other cities. I would be surprised if when the time comes for them to start a new family, they don’t make that same choice.

In my last ten years as a council member, I am proud to have played a part in many of the decisions that have contributed to the continued improvement and quality of life in our city. There is much more to be done, and I sincerely hope to be a part of that process.


Ten years ago, I decided to run for Fort Thomas City Council on the last day to register and won the seat. I decided then to keep the tradition by always registering on the last day. However, due to life’s unexpected twists, I missed the 2018 filing deadline. However, I remain committed to representing you on city council and would appreciate your write-in vote on Tuesday, November 6. You will find a line at the bottom of the council candidate list on the ballot for a write-in. Don’t forget to put a checkmark in that box and WRITE-IN LISA KELLY.
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