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Election Preview 2010 - Owentown City Council

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By The Staff

Timothy Curtis Cammack, 43, candidate for Owenton City Council

Occupation and education: Manager of Technical Services at Owen Electric; graduated from Owen County High School, 1985; two year certificate from Northern Kentucky. Vocational Technical School.

Family: Married to Kitty Stafford for 10 years; two sons, Noah and Nash.

Most important issues facing Owenton and how to address them: “Economy. We need to look at ways to bring money to the city. We need to find ways to increase and improve tourism ideas. We have to make sure our public safety doesn’t suffer in these times. Look at ways to support entrepreneurs and new business in Owenton. Nuisance ordinance, continue to improve and enforce the ordinance. City council, define policies and strategic plan for the city.”

What changes in local government would you like to make if you win your election? “Ensure that the council abides by policies and procedures. Define strategic plan for the city.”

What are the differences between you and your opponent? “I will not speak of differences. I can only tell you how I feel on the issues. The current members have all had input and made improvements in the city. I would like to apply my management knowledge and desire to help the city. I have been fortunate at Owen Electric to attend several management programs. I worked with my fellow team members to implement an $8 million meterline system.

What would you like to tell the voters of Owenton about yourself and your vision for Owenton? “I feel the current council has been working for the residents of the city. I have always said that change can be good. Each day I drive through the city and see things I would like to discuss with council members. We have a lot to be proud of, but we could also use some improvement.”

Rita K. Osborne, 42, candidate for Owenton City Council

Occupation and education: Nurse aide at Owenton Manor; high school graduate; currently enrolled at Kentucky State University in the nursing program.

Family: Married to Robert; three children – Candace Young, Robert Jr. and Thomas Osborne; son-in-law Joe Young; granddaughter, Audree Young.

Most important issues facing Owen County and how to address them: “Drugs are a big problem. Go after the big time people instead of harassing the little people.”

What changes in local government would you like to make if you win your election? “I don’t honestly know much about local government. I would like to learn more. I’ve never been a very political person but I feel I’ve learned some in the last two years. I guess my opinion is that the different government offices don’t communicate with each other enough. There needs to be better communication and more effort to work together to better the community.”

What are the differences between you and your opponent? “I’m fairly new to politics, but very willing to listen and learn from others. I love people and have the desire to help in any way I can.”

What would you like to tell voters of Owenton about yourself and your vision for Owenton? “I am a Christian with good morals. I am very family-oriented and would like to see more activities and events in Owenton geared toward families.”

 

Robert “Bob” Osborne, 55, candidate for Owenton City Council

Occupation and education: Fourth-grade teacher at Owen County Elementary School and head coach of Lady Rebels basketball team; bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan College; master’s degree from Northern Kentucky University.

Family: Married to Linda; one daughter, Sarah; one son, Matthew.

“I am a member of Owenton First Baptist Church, Owenton Lion’s Club, Board Member of Owen County Parks and Recreation, and President of Owen County Children’s Fund.

I am seeking a seat on the City Council of Owenton. I have been a city council member for the last 14 years. Having been a resident of Owenton for the last 34 years, I can see the importance of being a council member. I can identify with the concerns of the citizens of Owenton. I am willing to listen to the people and bring up any concerns they might have in front of the council.

I feel that I have had experience working with the public while working in the Owen County school system for the last 34 years. I will be accessible to anyone who wants to discuss issues facing the city of Owenton.

We have several issues facing the city of Owenton today. I would like to see us continue to focus on the cleanliness and appearance of our city. We must strive to improve our roads and sidewalks. I would also like to attract more businesses to the downtown area.”

Robert L. Osborne, candidate for Owenton City Council

Occupation and education: Self-employed; received GED

Family: Married to Rita; children – Candance, Robbie Jr. and Tommy; granddaughter, Audree Young; son-in-law, Joe Young; parents, Jackie Osborne and the late JoAnn Osborne.

Most important issues facing Owen County and how to address them: “I think the most important issues facing our city are more support for the few businesses left in the city. Support law enforcement more and try to bring more to our city.”

What changes in local government would you like to make if you win your election? “Try to get city employees to support and have more events in our city. Farmers Market is in process of leaving courthouse square. Library is in the process of leaving the city. Sweet Owen Days is in danger of moving to the fairgrounds. This is the biggest event of the year. It draws hundreds of people to our city yearly. I would like to get city council, mayor, police and all city officials and employees to band together and Owen County citizens to have to plan more events at the most beautiful courthouse square in the USA. I think this will make people and businesses come to our city. In turn will create jobs and a closer community for the people at the same time it will also create more of a tax base to support roads, sidewalks and other projects that the city desperately needs. I think these should be more to being a council member than going to a meeting for an hour or two a month. They should be coming up with more ideas to improve our city, not just complaining about problems.

What are the differences between you and your opponent? “My ideas are what separate me from them. At most council meetings each member has the chance to comment for the month. Most often their comments are negative like street lights are out or somebody’s weeds are too tall. They are the same complaints month after month. They should be spending time focusing on how to help the good people and business of our city. They need to spend time on trying to positive things in our city for the people that pay their salaries.

What would you like to tell the voters of Owenton about yourself and your vision for Owenton? “If I am fortunate enough to be elected, I will do my best to get more events, festivals and people to band together. That will benefit all Owen countians. I think the city officials and employees should be the first people to stand up and do this. Before everything else leaves our city.”

Larry Dale Perry, candidate for Owenton City Council

Occupation and education: Retired from 32 years with Monumental Life and 29 years with U.S. Army/Army Reserve; OCHS graduate

Family: Married to Teresa (Garnett) Perry; two sons, Adam Woodrow (Bridget) and Andrew (Tiffany); one daughter, Shadoe; six grandchildren, Abby, Isabelle, Alexis, Madison, Alexandria and Gabrille

The most important issues facing the city of Owenton and how to address them: “Keeping business in town which would create more jobs. The drug problem: making sure we have the finest police officers and they have the most updated equipment. The need for new jobs: set up tax breaks for new business, low-interest money for existing businesses. Keep the local fire department well equipped and trained, I support them 100 percent. Taking advantage of the cup race at Kentucky Speedway. Tourism: Owenton and Owen County have a lot to offer, it just needs to be headlined.”

What changes in local government would you like to make if you win your election? “Visit local business and see what they want. I do not want the library moved out of town. I don’t like to see the Farmers’ Market moved from Owenton. I would like to see Sweet Owen Days to be two or three days. City council meetings covered on local cable.”

What are the differences between you and your opponent? “I have always made myself available to the people. If they have a concern, I have one. I have voted against all tax increases. People are taxed to death. I have visited local businesses to see what they need to stay in Owenton. I don’t vote to go along with the council, I vote the way most people want.”

What would you like to tell the voters of Owenton about yourself and your vision for Owenton? “I have lived in Owenton all my life, my family all live in Owenton and Owen County. I want Owen County to grow where we all can work and grow together with the new race at the Speedway and the possibility of an airport in the county means new jobs, which will draw new business. I have been involved in Owenton all my life. Volunteer Owenton Manor. Twenty-nine years army retired master sergeant, lay leader of a methodist church, retired with 32 years as insurance agent, board member of Owen County Historical Society, member Eagle RC&D Council.

We either grow the city and county the way we want to or somebody outside will grow it the way they want to.”

 

Gerald M. Powell, 72, candidate for Owenton City Council

Occupation and education: Retired from Kentucky Utilities, 39 years of service; OCHS graduate

Family: Married to Brenda; one daughter, Millie (Fred) Duke; two grandchildren, Mason Blair and Tanner

Most important issues facing Owenton and how to address them: “Owenton is a great place to live. But like all towns problems exist. After speaking to people around town it’s my opinion that many issues can be solved by the councilmen, mayor and citizens working together. There are many vacant buildings and homes that need attention. Maintaining the streets and curbs. Keep police protection in town to protect our children, homes and businesses. Supporting the local businesses and industry that we are so lucky to have.”

What would you like to tell the voters of Owenton about yourself and your vision for Owenton? “I enjoy living in the city of Owenton. The small-town feeling with neighbors, churches, groceries and banks all being within walking distance. In my opinion Owenton is a great place to live and raise a family because it is a caring community.”

Doris Riley, 73, candidate for Owenton City Council

Occupation and education: Retired, volunteer; high school graduate, some college hours

Family: Married to Sam; two daughters, Sheila Riley and Celia Wright; one son, Hines Riley

Most important issues facing the county and how to address them: “Apathy – thinking someone else will take care of it. Talking together with excitement and encouragement. Many answers to the problems but no solutions. People working together to decide what can be done on a time-table. Jobs for all ages – small industries/businesses. Things for all ages to participate in – some could be short-term solutions/others will take money and planning. People don’t understand the process that some things have to go through to be accomplished. More communication through cable TV, Facebook, e-mail, etc.

What changes in local government would you like to make if you win your election? “Website updates weekly for city and county. Video of meetings. Communicate – e-mail to notify of meetings, events, etc. Use Facebook. People say they don’t know what is happening, again communicate through technology.

What are the differences between you and your opponents? “Four have experience on council, four have no experience on council. I have experience. If someone has not been attending council meetings they may not be aware of the process and time that is needed to get things accomplished. Patience is needed. I ask questions and seek full information on any undertaking. I think things through, including needs, cost, feasibility and importance. I listen to you, the voters, I am not a “yes” person on any subject. I hold fast to my beliefs as to what is right or wrong. I am available to you and your concerns.”

What would you like to tell the voters of Owenton about yourself and your vision for Owenton?  “I am a native of Owen County and have been a resident of Owenton since 1950. I’ve seen progress as well as decline in all areas. Everyone working together would allow the city and county to move forward in repairing and building more pride in where we live. Small factory/business would allow for more jobs. Maintain our rural atmosphere but at the same time see what wonderful things we have to offer to those living in Lexington, Cincinnati and Louisville. Look around your area, learn its history and share with others. We need to do some small projects. Accomplishment would bring encouragement to take on the larger needs. We will see the possibilities of progress through everyone working together with the attitude that we can make Owenton/Owen County better for future generations as a great place to rear their children. What affects one affects the other.”

 

Robert “Bobby” Walker, 77, candidate for Owenton City Council

Occupation and education: Pharmacist; High school graduate, five years at University of Kentucky, Bachelors Degree in Pharmacy

Family: Married to Shirley Powell Walker; three daughters, Marianne (Mike) Stork, Kay (Bentley) Bush and Holly (Brett) Bellomy; one son, Robert T. (Kristene) Walker Jr.

Most important issues facing Owenton and how to address them: “I would like to see improvement in the condition of our streets and sidewalks, demolition and removal of unoccupied rundown houses around the city. I would like to see the revitalization of the downtown area and attract new business.”

What would you like to tell the voters of Owenton about yourself and your vision for Owenton? “I was born and raised in Owenton. I graduated from Owen County High School and then graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelors degree in pharmacy. I returned to Owenton after graduation and have practiced here for the past 53 years. I would like to see new business come in and revitalize the downtown area. I would like to see the citizens of our community realize what a beautiful town we have and take better care of its appearance.

ALSO RUNNING – Darrell Hearn