In Campbell County Commission District 3, it’s Lampe vs. Piatt
Incumbent Campbell County District 3 Commissioner Tom Lampe, a Republican, is seeking election to his third term in tax court, while his challenger, Democrat Patti Piatt, is seeking his first term.
There are three commissioners in Campbell County. Commissioners must live within their district boundaries, but anyone in the county can vote for each commissioner, not just district residents.
A county commissioner is like a liaison between the citizens and the county government. A commissioner can be thought of as a voting member of a board of directors with a $40 million budget that directs county government. The budget is distributed for things like the county transportation department, the police and the senior center. The county clerk, jailer, and sheriff are responsible for submitting the budgets to the court, and the commissioners vote on whether they are appropriate.
Lampe is a permanent resident of Fort Thomas, alongside his wife, where they are raising their three children.
Lampe works as vice president of new sales development for Horan when he is not attending meetings or events for the tax court. He is also a board member of the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Foundation Business Support Committee and the Northern Kentucky Area Development District.
Lampe was elected District 3 Commissioner in 2014. He said he decided to run for office because he enjoyed serving the Campbell County community.
He said he believes the quality of life in Northern Kentucky, between urban and rural areas, is among the best in the state and nation.
“Rooted in conservative values, we have struck a balance between economic development and the preservation of our heritage in both rural and urban parts of our county,” said Lampe.
He said he was proud of the tax court’s successes, but there are still many challenges ahead.
“As a proven contributor, I am confident that I can work with my fellow Commissioners as well as local government officials to accomplish many important things for our community while being a responsible steward of your taxpayers’ money” , Lamp said.
Piatt moved to Florence when he was 7 years old and currently lives in Bellevue. She said she chose to live in Bellevue because northern Kentucky’s river towns offer a sense of community, something she hopes to contribute to as commissioner.
For more than 35 years, Piatt has been working in food service and food service management.
“I was tasked with creating multi-million dollar budgets, ensuring those budgets were adhered to, and supervising hundreds of employees,” Piatt said. “However, it was the people I met along the way, the connections I made, and the excitement of daily challenges that kept me going at the time, and that can help specific for a county commissioner.”
Piatt said she decided to run for Campbell County Commissioner to preserve the county’s history and facilitate sustainable growth.
“We have the opportunity with the new administration to secure vital funding for the county,” Piatt said. “This money could help the people who built this county. A new commission can ensure that these funds are managed as efficiently and effectively as possible. In the past, too much money has been allowed to fill the pockets of already extremely wealthy people.
Lampe said he was a better candidate for commissioner because of his experience and connections. He said he had a proven track record of “collaboration and achievement” at the city and county levels. Lampe has already served six terms on the Fort Thomas City Council.
“Despite my full-time job, I have spent a good portion of my life serving the communities of Fort Thomas and Campbell County,” said Lampe. “During this time, I have developed excellent relationships with our local business community, state officials, federal officials, other county officials, and many local officials.”
A specific accomplishment Lampe mentioned was the county’s purchase of a new digital emergency radio system, done in conjunction with Boone and Kenton counties, which improved community safety and enabled ratepayers to save over $2 million.
He also noted the tax court’s plan with Altafiber, then Cincinnati Bell, to bring fiber optic internet to every home in the county.
If re-elected, Lampe said his top priorities would be to preserve and improve the quality of life in Campbell County through:
- Committed to area fire and police departments to maintain community safety.
- Remain transparent and responsible stewards of taxpayers’ money.
- Look for ways to cooperate at the regional level with municipalities and other counties where possible.
- Maintain a responsible tax structure and regulatory environment that promotes economic development and business growth.
- To preserve the conservative values rooted in Campbell County.
- Be committed to green spaces, parks and recreational activities in the county.
Piatt said she was a better candidate for commissioner because “if elected, the people of Campbell County will know who their county commissioner is and what they do. I’m not running for the title; I show up to do the job and be a servant to the people of Campbell County.
She said her top priorities if elected include “protecting” the area from charter schools.
Piatt said charter schools would “separate and further divide our citizens.”
“The proposed charter school in Newport would exclude many students,” Piatt said. “I will not support any policy or law that takes money from our already underfunded schools. All political considerations should include everyone in the county.
She said she would not support “uncontrolled” growth in river towns and unincorporated areas.
“We need infrastructure and careful future planning to grow and preserve our history, to protect the integrity of the county’s rural areas, and to uphold the rights of all of our citizens,” Piatt said.