16 June 2019

Mayor Ronnie Johnston's Press Release Announcing His Candidacy for Reelection

*Ed. note: the following is a press release provided to TPC from Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston who has officially declared his candidacy for reelection. I plan on interviewing Mr. Johnston soon, as well as both of the other declared candidates for Mayor of Covington, so be on the look out for those future pieces. As always, thanks for reading. - MB McCart


Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston has announced plans to seek a third term as Covington’s Mayor. Johnston began by stating, “It has been an honor serving the citizens over the past 2 terms.  When looking back over my time in office, seeing how far Covington has come from where we started is astonishing. The groundwork has been laid for life changing opportunities for our citizens,” Johnston said. “If we don’t capitalize on that groundwork, we will have left so much on the table.”

Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston

“During my time as Mayor, we have seen tremendous investments by businesses that are coming to Covington to bring jobs for our citizens.  My primary focus as Mayor has been to focus on eradicating poverty and ensuring anyone who wants a job can have a good one. That mission will continue as we work on improving the living standards of everyone.” Johnston said.

Johnston’s past two terms have seen unemployment in Covington drop by over 10 percent and the average median household income has risen by over $20,000. “These successes have led to us going from having a surplus of housing in the city, to us now concentrating on ensuring our citizens have quality options for housing,” said Johnston.

“There are so many other great things we have seen during my time as Mayor. Like the revitalization of the Square, Legion Field and the start of Central Park,” Johnston said. “The Highway 278 Community Improvement District (CID) has started breathing new life into the 278 corridor.  Kroger’s recent announcement to start a nearly $1 million renovation this summer is a great example of this progress.”

Johnston was also instrumental in the process of ensuring the Covington Police will soon have a new state of the art station.  During his tenure, the police department has also seen the addition of seven new police officers. The Covington Fire Department has also seen improvements during this time with the addition of a new fire truck.  “Supporting first responders and citizens' safety is a priority” stated Johnston.

Johnston chose to make his declaration on the weekend we honor our fathers as a nation and honoring in particular his late father Dr. John C Johnston. Johnston said, “My role as a father and grandfather motivate me to keep our community moving forward.  We owe it to our children and grandchildren to continue to make Covington an even stronger community. There are four generations of Johnston’s that currently call Covington home, and I want to make sure the fifth generation is proud to call Covington home also.”

The mayor invites citizens to share their dreams and visions with him and is available on his cell phone at 770-262-1001. If you prefer email, please send to rjohnston@cityofcovington.org