Friday, October 17, 2003

Assessor candidate admits violations

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

EDGEWOOD - Kenton County Property Valuation Administrator (PVA) Merrick Krey admitted Thursday to breaking campaign finance regulations in his race against Republican Kevin Black.

The violations include exceeding the allowable $50 cash contributions, erroneously reporting other items on campaign finance reports and submitting the report a day late.

Krey said the contributions have been returned and amended reports are being prepared for the Registry of Election Finance, which oversees and enforces Kentucky's campaign finance laws.

"It was a mistake," said Krey, an Edgewood Democrat appointed to the office by Gov. Paul Patton earlier this year. Prior to the appointment, Krey worked in the PVA's office, including 15 years as chief deputy.

"We've told the registry we made the mistakes," Krey said. "The Republicans are making a big deal out of this."

Kenton County Republican Executive Committee Member Jeff Middendorf, a GOP activist and assistant Kenton County Attorney, filed a complaint against Krey Wednesday with the registry.

"Throughout the campaign, Merrick Krey has repeatedly stressed his experience," Middendorf said. "But he cannot do something as simple as filing his finance report in a timely manner."

"That's not the issue in this race," Krey said. "The issue is experience. I have experience while my opponent has never appraised a piece of property in this life."


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