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Election 2012: Shelbyville City Council: Stephen Cohn

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Cohn takes first shot at politics

By Todd Martin

Stephen Cohn said he has three reasons for entering into the political arena for the first time: his wife and two children.

“I am running for Shelbyville City Council because I care about the future of our city for my children and all the residents that call Shelbyville home,” said Cohn, one of five Republicans among 11 candidates vying for six council seats. “I would like to see my children grow up in a safe, secure and thriving city that can provide a great place to live, work and play.

“I want to ensure that Shelbyville continues to be a great place to raise a family.”

A graduate of Oldham County High School, Cohn left college early to join a start-up IT consulting company.

“I worked in the Information Technology field for seven years moving up from a computer technician to a service manager and then an account executive,” he said.

He later earned a license as a property and casualty insurance agent, and moved fulltime into that field in 2009, working for MassMutual Financial Group and part-time with his own independent insurance agency, SC Insurance. He still works with both today.

Having spent time as a member of the board of directors for Louisville Metro branch of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, and the Young Professional Association of Louisville from 2009 to 2010, Cohn is looking again to get more involved.

He is currently a member of the Shelby County GOP executive committee.

“My goals when elected will be to help create an environment that will attract businesses and create more jobs in the city,” Cohn said. “As a fiscal conservative, I want to make sure the city uses our tax dollars responsibly. I also believe that the city can see positive growth while maintaining the small-town feel.”

Attracting jobs and growing the tax base will help Shelby County with the growth it desires.

“That will allow for the continuing re-development of the downtown district, including the 7thstreet corridor and East end projects,” he said.