Keck an­nounces can­di­dacy for East Ward Post Seat 2

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Susie Keck an­nounced on Fri­day that she has qual­i­fied to run for Cov­ing­ton City Coun­cil in the East Ward.

Keck has been a long­time res­i­dent of Cov­ing­ton along with her hus­band of 44 years John. Keck is the mother of two chil­dren, Kristi and Lo­gan, and a grand­mother to six chil­dren ages 2 to 8.

She is re­tired from Tan­dus Cen­tiva where she served the com­pany as a com­mer­cial floor­ing spe­cial­ist. Keck has been in­volved in many civic or­ga­ni­za­tions and or­ga­nized a fundraiser for a lo­cal fam­ily to help with travel costs for med­i­cal treat­ment of their child. Along with her fam­ily, Keck at­tends Cov­ing­ton First United Methodist Church. In her free time, Keck en­joys play­ing golf, trav­el­ing, and play­ing with her young grand­chil­dren. Keck has been ac­tive in many is­sues con­cern­ing the com­mu­nity. Most re­cently she has been an ac­tive mem­ber of her neigh­bor­hood home­own­ers as­so­ci­a­tion.

“I love Cov­ing­ton and the feel­ing of com­mu­nity it has,” she said. “It is my de­sire to be a part of pro­tect­ing that com­mu­nity while con­tin­u­ing the pos­i­tive growth we have seen in re­cent years. We find our com­mu­nity on the doorstep of ex­tra­or­di­nary change. We must be vig­i­lant in pro­tect­ing the sense of com­mu­nity so many ap­pre­ci­ate about Cov­ing­ton.

“With that con­sid­er­a­tion, my goal is to at­tract new busi­nesses that will pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for the com­mu­nity as a whole. I will rep­re­sent all peo­ple con­sid- er­ing the ef­fect on everyone with ev­ery vote as a city coun­cil mem­ber. My hope is to make Cov­ing­ton a place that our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren want to stay to raise their fam­i­lies. Growth is com­ing and we must be wise in how we al­low for growth while pro­tect­ing the charm so many ap­pre­ci­ate about Cov­ing­ton.”

Changes Keck would like to see as a mem­ber of the city coun­cil is the con­tentious is­sue of pen­sions for elected of­fi­cials that were re­cently dis­cussed. “One of my first ob­jec­tives is to work to re­move the pen­sion for elected of­fi­cials with the city. We can­not in good con­science have elected of­fi­cials carv­ing out spe­cial ben­e­fits for them­selves while the city em­ploy­ees are not of­fered the same ben­e­fits,” she said. “It is my be­lief that the honor to serve this great com­mu­nity should be enough re­ward for any­one that serves, and a pen­sion for elected of­fi­cials is not a re­spon­si­ble use of the cit­i­zen’s tax dol­lars.”

Another is­sue that Keck said is im­por­tant to her was be­ing an ad­vo­cate for busi­nesses through­out the city.

“My goal is to be a cham­pion for all busi­nesses,” she said. “Cov­ing­ton is vi­brant and the heart­beat of New­ton County. We must rec­og­nize that busi­nesses through­out the city are do­ing their best to pro­vide for their fam­i­lies and em­ploy­ees. The coun­cil should not be a road­block to suc­cess for any busi­ness owner, com­pany, or en­tre­pre­neur.”

Keck will en­ter the race against long­time in­cum­bent Chris Smith. With a vic­tory in Novem­ber Susie Keck would be the first woman elected in the East Ward in decades.


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