Knochelmann ousts Arlinghaus in judge-executive race in Kenton County

05/20/2014 09:12 PM

FLORENCE — Kenton County Commissioner Kris Knochelmann defeated Kenton County Judge-Executive Steve Arlinghaus 7,113 votes to 6,078 while the incumbent Republican judge-executives in Boone and Campbell counties won.

Since there is no Democrat running, Knochelmann will become the judge-executive-elect.

Knochelmann ran on the platform of better leadership in the county and called attention to the spending practices of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport Board, which is being investigated by State Auditor Adam Edelen.

Knochelmann says that he will provide the leadership that he talked about in his campaign.

“It’s about setting budgets and working within these budgets and sending a message to the county about garnering those goals to make sure we do what we’re going to do and set those plans for the long term,” said Knochelmann.

As for the airport board, Knochelmann believes that great attention must be made in appointing future members.

“We need to make sure that we get the best possible people who are in this county to serve on that board,” said Knochelmann. “We’ve got people in the nooks and crannies of this county who would be great board appointments but they normally aren’t the ones who are going to raise their hands.”

Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore wins

Meanwhile, in Boone County, incumbent Gary Moore easily defeated county commissioner Matt Dedden.

Moore had 6,608 votes to Dedden’s 4,743.

Dedden attended only one debate with Moore and generally kept his distance throughout the campaign citing differences with the Kentucky Enquirer newspaper and the Northern Kentucky Business PAC, which sponsored debates that Dedden skipped.

“It’s been an awesome, awesome day in Boone County,” Moore said. “I am so excited that the people of our county realize that it is important to move this county forward. Job creation, creating a climate where business and individuals can prosper is what we’ve done for many years and it’s what I’m committed to continuing to do.”

Moore will oppose libertarian John (J. Kyle) Sweeney in November.

In Campbell County, incumbent Steve Pendery defeated challenger Kevin Sell.

Pendery received 4,432 votes to Sell’s 3,704.

“It has to do with the people who have supported me over the years,” said Pendery.
“I really felt all along with the backing I had, I could do the things that I thought was right without worrying that it would cost me politically.”

Pendery said he believes the county is on the verge of a huge boost in economic development.

“One of the reasons that I wanted to run again, we have projects that have been nurtured over the course of the last four years during the recession that are ready to come out of the ground and reach fruition,” said Pendery.

Pendery will oppose Democrat Ken Rechtin in November.

About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at donald.weber@charter.com.

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