CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Kenton County has a new Judge Executive. Challenger Kris Knochelmann knocked off incumbent Steve Arlinghaus in Kentucky's primary on Tuesday.
The issues facing Knochelmann will impact more than just Kenton County. He will have to deal with the Brent Spence Bridge, the heroin epidemic and issues with the Airport Board at CVG.
"I think it really comes down to leadership that I've said from the beginning," said Knochelmann. "The leadership that focuses on economic development, focuses on community as a whole, and make sure that we really run a very transparent government."
Knochelmann says one of the biggest issues he faces is passing a budget, an issue he plans to look at within the week when the first reading of the budget comes out.
Arlinghaus called Knochelmann to offer his concession as well as a helping hand. Knochelmann stated that the county spoke very loudly Tuesday night and it's time to focus on what's going to make everyone's lives better.
"I really think what we can do is come together and really have a unified message about what the county will look like in the next 20-years. I think that we can get there and, whatever our efforts are, we are unified and doing things that are positive for the county," states Knochelmann.
Both Knochelmann and Arlinghaus have spent more on this campaign than their counterparts running for the same office in Boone and Campbell Counties.