Saturday, April 20, 2002

Hogan seeks county office

By Steve Kemme,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — A son of one of the four Hogan brothers who founded the Butler County Regional Airport is so angry about the county's refusal to change the airport's name to honor them that he has decided to try to unseat one of the commissioners.

        Fred Hogan, a Hamilton dentist, took out candidate petitions for the commissioner's seat Friday from the Butler County Board of Elections.

        If he collects 884 valid signatures on his petitions by May 6, he will appear on the November ballot in opposition to Republican incumbent Courtney Combs and Democratic challenger Melvin Smith.

        Two other independents, William Perry and Robert Weber, both of Hamilton, also have taken out petitions for the commissioner's seat. But they have not filed them.

        Last week, commissioners refused to add “Hogan Field” to the airport's name.

        They said the airport is an important part of the county's plan to attract new businesses, and adding “Hogan Field” to it would blunt the impact of the county name.

        The Hogan family and their supporters strongly disagree.

        The four Hogan brothers — Joe, Bernie, Art and Bill — developed the airport after their father bought the land in 1932. All four brothers are dead, and family and friends believe adding their name to the airport's would be fitting.


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