Wednesday, November 3, 2004

Covington: Sanders and Stricker joining City Commission

By Cindy Schroeder
Enquirer staff writer

COVINGTON - Challengers Rob Sanders and Jerry Stricker will join incumbents Jerry Bamberger and Alex Edmondson on Covington City Commission next year.

Bernie Moorman, who has 27 years of city and county government experience, ran fifth in the race for four seats.

Also defeated were political newcomers Neil Blunt and Jeff Sewell, and Tom Schadler, who had previously made unsuccessful runs for City Commission.

"That's the way it goes," Moorman said Tuesday night. "As they say in show business, 'I've had a good run.' "

Sanders, a lawyer making his first run for political office, was the top vote-getter among eight candidates running at-large for four seats. Thirteen-year Commissioner Bamberger was second; Edmondson ran third; and Stricker, who was appointed to City Commission for nine months in 2000, claimed the fourth seat. The two-year job pays $19,846 a year.

"I'm very happy to get elected,'' Stricker said. "I'm ready to start as soon as possible helping the people of Covington."

A vacancy was created by Commissioner Craig Bohman's resignation on Sept. 21 when he moved to Erlanger.

Lawyer Dennis R. Williams was appointed to fill the remaining three months of Bohman's seat, but did not run for election.

Butch Callery, who's been Covington's mayor since 2000 and a city commissioner for 21 years, won a four-year term by nearly a 2-to-1 margin over challenger Jeffrey Fletcher, who was a no-show on the campaign trail.

Candidates had pledged everything from better planning and blight reduction to safer neighborhoods and increased home ownership. Several challengers also called for payroll and property tax breaks and other incentives to increase home ownership, attract new businesses and encourage expansion of existing companies.

In a break from past practice, many candidates relied on strategies often seen in bigger races.

Although Covington candidates knocked on doors and made appearances at festivals, they spent more on such things as larger political signs and political consultants.

Four candidates - Bamberger, Edmondson, Blunt and Sanders - had paid political consultants.

Those four and Stricker also had campaign Web sites.


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