Friday, May 04, 2001

Rechtin will challenge Vories for fiscal court

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        NEWPORT — Newport City Commissioner Ken Rechtin, part of a city government team that has overseen an explosion of riverfront growth, plans to seek a seat on Campbell County Fiscal Court next year.

        Mr. Rechtin said he will challenge Commissioner Roland Vories, a fixture in Campbell County politics for decades, in the 2002 Democratic primary next May.

        “I've served for nine years,” said Mr. Rechtin, 50, the chief executive officer of ABP Auto Body Panels in Sharonville. “It's time to bring some new blood into the mix in Newport; and I think I have an opportunity to bring some new ideas, some new concepts and some fresh perspectives to the fiscal court.”

        Mr. Vories, a former Newport mayor and city commissioner in his fourth term on the county fiscal court, said he welcomes the challenge.

        “Anybody can run for anything,” said Mr. Vories, a Fort Thomas resident retired from the Coca-Cola Co. “I have a good record in this county and (the fiscal court) has done a good job during a period of real progress and harmony in Campbell County.”

        On the Republican side, Woodlawn resident Terry Rasche, who lost to Mr. Vories by about 700 votes in 1998, has said he is considering another run.

        Mr. Rechtin said he wanted to let people know his political intentions and will roll out specific campaign proposals and ideas later in the year.

        “I can bring a lot to the county,” Mr. Rechtin said. “I've served in public office, I've raised a family, I've managed family-owned businesses that had to watch their nickels, dimes and pennies.

        “That's not to say there aren't good people on the fiscal court right now,” he said. “But I think my area of expertise and experience will be helpful.”

        Mr. Rechtin will focus at least part of his campaign on Newport's surging riverfront, where more than $100 million in new projects have opened or are under construction. They include the Newport Aquarium and the Newport on the Levee entertainment district.

        But Mr. Vories said he can also point to projects he supported and helped lead that have benefited the county.

        As a member of the Newport City Commission in the 1970s he voted for construction of Interstate 471, which runs from the Ohio River to U.S. 27 in Highland Heights.

        “At the time that was a tough vote,” Mr. Vories said. “More than 400 homes were taken by the construction of that project, and people were upset. But looking back and seeing what I-471 has done for our county, you have to say it was the right thing to do.”

        While a county commissioner he supported construction of another major highway project, the AA Highway. Mr. Vories said the route has improved transportation and helped increase development in Campbell County.

        While he's been on on the fiscal court, Mr. Vories said, the county has built soccer fields, a district court building, jail, juvenile detention center and senior citizen center.

        “Good things have happened ... on the fiscal court and that's the kind of work I want to continue,” Mr. Vories said.


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