Tuesday, August 22, 2000

Stine, Black among GOP campaign heads

Williams chosen to represent Boone County

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FORT MITCHELL — The Bush/Cheney Republican presidential ticket has tapped two of Northern Kentucky's leading female GOP office holders and a World War II veteran to head its local campaigns.

        Chairmen have been selected in all 120 Kentucky counties, said U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell of Louisville, the state campaign chairman.

        “This impressive list illustrates the depth of Kentucky's enthusiasm for George W. Bush. He has support in every corner and county of this state,” Mr. Connell said.

        Leading the campaign's Northern Kentucky effort: • Campbell County Chairwoman Katie Stine of Fort Thomas, a state senator who has served six years in the General Assembly. One of the rising stars in the Republican Party Mrs. Stine may run for Congress or statewide office, possibly lieutenant governor. • Kenton County Chairwoman Barb Black of Taylor Mill, a former Edge wood City Council member who has been rumored to be a potential Judge-executive candidate should incumbent Judge-executive Dick Murgatroyd seek state or federal office.

        • Boone County Chairman Bob Williams of Union, a World War II veteran who parachuted into Normandy on D-Day and again in 1994 on the 50th anniversary of the invasion. Mr. Williams is a Republican Party activist and a fixture at GOP events.

        “As a World War II com bat veteran, I know we can depend on George W. Bush to restore our military strength to protect our country,” Mr. Williams said. “As president, Gov. Bush will protect veterans' benefits.”

        Other Northern Kentucky campaign chairmen are: Grant County, Greg Kennedy of Dry Ridge, head of the county's GOP; Gallatin County, Deanna Hartman of Sparta; and Pendleton County, Bill Verax of Falmouth.

        Also named to the campaign team is Damon Thayer, vice chairman of the Kentucky Republican Party and a former Grant County resident. Mr. Thayer moved to Scott County last year and will chair the Bush/Cheney campaign in that central Kentucky county.


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