Aloyse Brown has announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Hamilton County mayor.
If elected, Brown would become Hamilton County's first female mayor. She will face George Ryan Love in the May primary and the winner will go on to face incumbent Jim Coppinger in August.
County primary key dates
April 2: Deadline to register to vote
April 11: Early voting begins
April 26: Early voting ends
May 1: County primary
Brown's campaign will focus on four main issues: fixing Hamilton County schools, repairing crumbling county roads, safely reducing jail overcrowding, and committing to a modern and transparent county government.
"We have to better prepare our workforce, address violent crime, make our streets safer, and invite every citizen to take part in a more transparent government," Brown said in a statement. "It's time to remove the roadblocks that many face in accessing the opportunities that we've created."
She said her biggest concern is "the $250 million backlog of facility maintenance that is holding Hamilton County students back. As a community, we can no longer justify ignoring our schools and teachers."
Brown, an executive with a multibillion-dollar nonprofit financial services organization, will offer voters an optimistic vision for the future, the news release states.
"There is no place in America better poised to give itself a better tomorrow," Brown said. "Assuring our economic well-being for years to come is only a matter of taking a fresh look at our county budget, and prioritizing smarter investments."
She has talked with countless Hamilton County citizens, and understands that they're looking for a choice, according to the news release.
Brown said Hamilton County "hasn't had a competitive race for its mayor in years, and that finally changes in 2018. Voters get to choose a better tomorrow."
Brown's campaign will hold a Get Out The Vote public celebration April 10 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Archway Building at 2523 Glass St.
The primary election for all county offices is May 1.