BY PATRICK CROWLEY
The Cincinnati Enquirer
ALEXANDRIA -- Former county Judge-executive Lloyd Rogers has confirmed that he will run for mayor of this fast-growing Campbell County city. "It's time for a change," Mr. Rogers, 65, said Friday, confirming rumors that he would seek the office.
The deadline for city and school board candidates to file for office is Tuesday.Provided no other candidates file for the office, the Alexandria mayor's race will come down to a contest between Mr. Rogers and city councilman Dan McGinley.
"I think that's just fine," Mr. McGinley said Friday when asked about running against Mr. Rogers. "That will make it an interesting race."
Mr. Rogers, who ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 1993, has been a critic of some of the policies and actions of some current members of council, including Mr. McGinley.
A retired engineer with Cincinnati Bell who served as judge-executive from 1982 to 1986, Mr. Rogers said he can work full time as major. "I can be in the office during the day, and working on problems and issues when somebody who works full-time (at another job) would have to be at work," Mr. Rogers said.
Mr. Rogers said he will run on a platform of improving city streets and sidewalks and providing more recreation activities for the city's children.
"I have experience in government and I worked in the (Kentucky) Transportation Cabinet for seven years, so I know how to fix streets and other infrastructure to make it last," he said.
While city races are non-partisan and candidates do not run together on formal tickets, Mr. McGinley said there is a slate of council hopefuls that are loosely running as a group.
"We can't run as a ticket," said Mr. McGinley, 55, a mortgage loan officer who has served five years on the six-member council. "We're kind of running as a gang."
Mr. McGinley said that group includes Jim Wilbers, Stacey Graus, Dave Hart, Mary Frances Warner, Michelle Kiddy and incumbent John Stein.