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|Commissioner Steve Casper|
Covington City Commissioner Steve Casper has confirmed to The River City News that he is running for Mayor. Casper, a first term Commissioner, joins fellow Commissioner Sherry Carran in the race. The River City News will have more on this story coming up, but below you will find an official statement from Casper:
“I love the City of Covington, and I've been honored, humbled and energized serving on the Covington City Commission," said Commissioner Casper. "I want to take a larger role in leading our city in attracting and retaining jobs, supporting and improving our neighborhoods and business districts and fiscally responsible financial management.“I have been encouraged to seek the office by residents and business people throughout Covington," he said. “I’m looking forward to talking to voters about how my vision and leadership for our wonderful city."Current Covington Mayor Chuck Scheper is not seeking another term in office.Commissioner Casper was elected to the Covington City Commission in 2010. A 40-year veteran of the real estate industry, Commissioner Casper has held top leadership positions with The Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors, Ohio Association of Realtors being elected President of both and receiving National Association of Realtors highest recognition, the Distinguished Service Award He also serves as a Commissioner on the board of the Housing Authority of Covington.Commissioner Casper has been recognized for his open door and inclusive style of management, along with a distinct ability to facilitate consensus-building among his peers.“I'm a consensus seeker" Commissioner Casper said. "I have an even and professional demeanor and respectful of a variety of opinions. Debate is good; arguing and petty politics are not. I am committed to solutions, achievement and prosperity for Covington residents and businesses.”Commissioner Casper will unveil his campaign platform at a later date. But his vision for the city includes improving Goebel Park; enhancing MainStrasse Village; supporting the construction of the Gateway Community and Technical College Urban Campus on Scott Boulevard and the expansion of The Northern Kentucky Convention Center; aggressive and successful economic, community, neighborhood and residential development; improvements to the Ohio Riverfront; and better and more varied year-round recreation opportunities for Covington residents.Commissioner Casper graduated from Bowling Green University with a B.S. in Business Administration. A formermember of the Wyoming City Council, Commissioner Casper has lived in Covington since 1997 and currently lives in the Old Seminary Square neighborhood.