Wednesday, November 03, 1999

Campbell Co. PVA

Dunn grabs easy win over Gordon

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        NEWPORT — Running on a platform to restore credibility to an office shattered by scandal, Alexandria Democrat Mariann Guidugli Dunn easily won Tuesday's race for Campbell County property value administrator.

        Mrs. Dunn, 49, finished with 6,567 votes in beating Republican Kevin Gordon of Alexandria, who received 3,930 votes.

        A member of the Guiduglis, a family active in Campbell County Democratic politics, Mrs. Dunn credited her campaign organization and her platform for Tuesday's victory.

        “We had a lot of people working hard for us,” Mrs. Dunn said at the Campbell County Courthouse, where she was holding her 8-month-old granddaughter, Meg, and celebrating the victory with her husband, John, and several family members.

        “And I think my background in local government work and management gave me a lot of credibility with the voters,” she said.

        Though she had never held office, Gov. Paul Patton appointed Mrs. Dunn to the office after former PVA Bill Kaiser, a Southgate Democrat, resigned in April after admitting he took nearly $50,000 from the office.

        The PVA's office sets property values. The values are then used to determine taxes owed.

        Mrs. Dunn said she instituted internal financial controls that include the segregation of duties performed by employees and a checks-and-balance system for handling money paid to the office.

        She also extended the office's hours, put in place new accounting procedures for more consistent record keeping, installed a computer in the office so residents can look up or research property values, and put the information online.

        “Mariann didn't make a lot of promises going in, but what she did was get in there first, make the changes and then told the people how she had made the changes that were needed in the office,” said Cold Spring resident Jack Moreland, Mrs. Dunn's campaign manager.

        For Mr. Gordon, Tuesday's election was his second defeat in running for PVA in the last year. He lost to Mr. Kaiser in the November 1998 race.

        “I'm obviously disappointed,” said Mr. Gordon. “I worked very hard, and I think I did help unite some of the Republican voters in Fort Thomas and the south end of the county.”


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