Andrea Brogan (now Ogden) is a Democrat candidate for Switzerland County Council At Large. She resides on Little Hominy Ridge in Florence; and is the daughter of James and Rita Brogan and the granddaughter of the late Bob and Melba Lock of Florence and the late John Brogan and Wilma Brogan of Vevay. She married Ryan Ogden this past Saturday evening.
Brogan will be graduating from Northern Kentucky University in May with a bachelor’s degree in communications with a concentration in organizational leadership. She is currently employed as a third and fourth grade teacher’s aide at Switzerland County Elementary School.
Why are you running for office?
I am running for office because one day I will watch my very own grandkids grow up in this county. I love Switzerland County and the people who live here. I want to see this county continue to grow and prosper for years to come. In order for this to happen, we must live within our means. We need to stop relying so heavily on river boat revenue because those funds may not always be guaranteed in our future. We must plan ahead.
What are your qualifications?
I believe my experience in communications and organizational leadership will be advantageous to me while serving on County Council. Being able to effectively communicate ideas with other council members and with people across the county will be my strong suit. I have sought and held positions of leadership throughout my whole life.
What would be your priorities?
My priority is to prevent wasteful spending by applying common sense principles to the council’s decision-making. Our current Council has seen some recent success with cutting waste, but we can do more. In recent years, our county has encountered many unexpected expenditures, such as emergency road repair which has had a real impact on our county financially. Situations like this can cut into rainy day funds or even necessary budgets that our county needs to operate. I will work together with other council members to spend more wisely and save more often.
What makes you the better candidate?
I am the better candidate because I am not one to “go along with the crowd” when the county’s well-being is at stake. I am not afraid to stand on principle, even if that sometimes means standing alone. A good leader is a molder of consensus, not a seeker of it.