Perennial city hopeful trying again

By GAYLE COULTER State Journal Staff Writer Published:

John Hammond, of Lily Street, announced his candidacy Monday for City Commission.

Hammond has run for the commission unsuccessfully several times in the past but said he really wants to help the city and its residents.

"I want to work hard for Frankfort to help the city and community," Hammond said. "I will listen to the people and the things they are concerned about."

Hammond said he would also like to see the city make the most of its historical assets.

"There's so much history here to offer," Hammond said. "I think we have a gold mine here and don't know it. It's a sleeping giant."

Focusing more on marketing Frankfort's history would help hotels, restaurants and merchants, Hammond said.

"Frankfort has so much to offer there ought to be people coming here all the time," Hammond said.

Hammond said two MGM movies were filmed in Frankfort years ago - The Great Race, starring Tony Curtis and Peter Falk, and part of Black Beauty.

Hammond has a daughter, Beth Hammond, who is an RN at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington; and a son, David Hammond, a Baptist minister in Pike County who works at UPS.

Hammond is a lifelong resident of Frankfort and attended Holmes Street School and later Second Street School before being drafted into the U.S. Army in World War II. He said he served overseas in Guam during the war.

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