Friday, October 27, 2000

Boone Co. Democrats plan rally

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BURLINGTON — Northern Kentucky Democrats plan to roll into heavy GOP country Saturday for an afternoon political rally designed to pump up support for presidential candidate Al Gore and other Democrats on the Nov. 7 ballot.

        The rally is set for 2-5 p.m. Saturday at the Boone County Fairgrounds, which is on Idlewild Road about a mile north of the main intersection in Burlington.

        “It's going to be a good old-fashioned political rally,” said Betty Roth, a Boone County Democrat who represents the 4th Congressional District on the party's statewide executive committee.

        “We're going to have free food, free drinks and music,” Mrs. Roth said. “This is to get Democrats together in the 4th District and rally for Al Gore and other Democrats running for office this year.”

        U.S. Rep. Ken Lucas, a Boone County Democrat running for reelection against Republican Don Bell of Oldham County, probably won't be able to attend, said Travis Sowders, Mr. Lucas' campaign manager.

        Mr. Lucas has a prior commitment to attend a military veterans event in Ashland, which is on the far east end of the 22-county 4th District.
       Scheduled to attend are Charlie Owen, the Louisville businessman and party activist chairing Mr. Gore's Kentucky campaign; State Treasurer Jonathan Miller; former Campbell County Judge-executive Ken Paul; and former Boone County Judge-executive Bruce Ferguson.

        Boone County Property Value Administrator Paula Goff, who is challenged by Republican Ron Burch, is scheduled to sing during the rally. She often sings at area churches on Sundays.

        Mrs. Roth admits it will be difficult for Mr. Gore to carry Boone County, the largest Republican-controlled county in the state.

        “It' tough up here because the Republicans have grown so much in the last few years,” Mrs. Roth said. “But there are still plenty of Democrats and we want them out for our rally.”


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