Ft. Mitchell, KY—Jude Hehman, candidate for Fort Mitchell Mayor, kicked off his campaign with an event this week held at Fort Mitchell Country Club. A former Fort Mitchell City Councilman and Furlong CEO, Hehman is running in a open race against a current councilman since the announcement that Mayor Chris Wiest will not run for a second term. More than 100 people attended the kick-off.
In his remarks to the crowd, Hehman talked about service and integrity being the key to his success and the foundation of his platform, “The Hehman name stands for character and integrity and I guard is sacredly. I hope to build bridges between council, city employees and most importantly our citizens. We will be strongest when we work together with open lines of communication and have an open door administration.”
A lifelong resident of the city, Jude Hehman was the youngest person to be elected to the City Council at age 21, was elected five times and went on to serve 10 years. Prior to serving on city council, Hehman served on the first Fort Mitchell Youth Council. Engaging children in the process of governing is a high priority for Hehman. One of Hehman’s young neighbors, eight-year-old Bella O’Brien, was so inspired by his campaign, she announced that she wants to one day run for mayor herself. Bella O’Brien is entering the second grade at Beechwood Elementary.
“When I told my daughter’s friend Bella I was running for mayor she shook my hand and said ‘I never met a mayor and I want to be a mayor one day,’” said Hehman. “Bella inspires me to be a good role model for young people in our city and to engage our future leaders, even at an early age.”
Jude Hehman made one campaign promise at his kick-off event, that if he wins the election, he would make Bella O’Brien honorary mayor for a day. “This is a way to reach out to our local schools, engaging students in government,” said Hehman. “Bella represents not only herself, but she is a voice for the children of Fort Mitchell, that we can get them active in their community.” Hehman and his wife Katie have four children.
A graduate of Blessed Sacrament, Beechwood High School, Hehman received his college education at Thomas More College and Northern Kentucky University. A life-long resident of the Fort Mitchell community, Jude Hehman is involved with charitable organizations and the Northern Kentucky Business Community. Hehman and his partner Pete Nicolaou, founded Furlong Building Enterprises in 2010, at the height of the construction and real estate industry recession, and today it is a $6 million company with 11 employees. His company has received numerous awards for its explosive growth and impressive customer list, including the Tri-State Success Awards two years in a row, was named to the Fast 55 list of fastest growing companies. Last fall Jude Hehman was named to the exclusive Business Courier’s list of young leaders, Forty Under 40 Award.
Jude Hehman is active at Blessed Sacrament School and Church, and has served on the board of Redwood School and the Holy Cross Parish Finance Committee. He coaches soccer at Blessed Sacrament School and has served in various capacities with Welcome House and the Northern KY Cold Shelter. Jude was a member of the 2011 Leadership Northern Kentucky class and is active with the Northern KY Chamber of Commerce.
Fort Mitchell is a fourth class city with a population of approximately 8,000. For more information, visit HeyJudeHehman.com.