Tuesday, August 24, 1999

Six in GOP jockey to fill Boone property value post

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BURLINGTON — Six Republicans are interested in the gubernatorial appointment to become the Boone County property value administrator (PVA).

        It's unlikely that Gov. Paul Patton, a Pikeville Democrat, will appoint a Republican to fill the office vacated two weeks ago by David Turner.

        However, some of the six could be on the ballot in May when Republican voters choose a candidate to run for PVA in the November 2000 election.

        Mr. Turner, 35, has resigned and said he used as much as $45,000 in office funds to feed a gambling habit. The Republican was indicted last week on a charge of theft by unlawful taking and sentenced to a year in the county jail.

        The Boone County Republican Executive Committee gathered Monday night and released the names of the six Republicans who plan to take the state PVA test, said 4th District GOP Chairman Jay Hall of Florence, an executive committee member and former county party chairman.

        Candidates for PVA must pass the test before they run for the office, charged with assessing and setting tax rates for all property and motor vehicles.

        State officials have said the test will be given in late September, but they haven't yet given a date and location for the test.

        Mr. Hall said the six candidates are:

        • Mel Carroll, principal at Ockerman Middle School and a former Florence councilman.

        • Joyce Bonar of Florence, who ran unsuccessfully last year for county clerk.

        • Ron Burch, an insurance salesman.

        • James Horton, a mem ber of the Boone County Planning Commission staff.

        • Beth Brosmoer, an employee of the PVA office who lives in Kenton County but who told party leaders she would relocate to run for the office.

        • Bill D'Andrea, a longtime county GOP activist and former restaurant owner.

        After the test results are in, the executive committee will vote to recommend one person to Mr. Patton for the appointment, Mr. Hall said. But any Republican passing the test can run for the office in next year's May primary.

        County Democratic officials, who will begin their candidate selection process at a meeting tonight, have said they expect Mr. Patton to appoint a Democrat to the office.

        That Democrat will likely be the party's nominee in the November election, party leaders have said.


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