Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Only Republican candidate names campaign team

Ky. Political notes

Pat Crowley

Republican Mark Hayden, a Wilder lawyer running for the Kentucky House 67th District seat, has put together a campaign team and scheduled his first fund-raiser.

Sen. Katie Stine, R-Fort Thomas, is campaign chairwoman. The team includes:

• Vice Chairwoman Barb Haasof Fort Thomas, chairwoman of the Campbell County Republican Party.

• Co-manager John Becker of Wilder, a Fort Thomas dentist.

• Co-manager John Henglebrok, a Fort Thomas businessman.

• Treasurer David Haas of Wilder, a Fifth Third Bank senior vice president.

The campaign, which said it raised $21,050 through last week, is holding a fund-raiser from 7 to 9 p.m. March 25 at the York Street Cafe, 738 York St., Newport.

Hayden is running for the seat now held by House Majority Caucus Chairman Jim Callahan, D-Wilder, who is retiring at the end of the year. He is the only Republican in the race.

Three Democrats will square off in the May 18th primary: Carol Rich of Bellevue, Dennis Keene of Wilder and Ken Rechtin of Newport.

NEWPORT DEBATE: Newport City Commission candidate Jeff Ballard has issued a debate challenge to the seven other City Commission candidates in the November race.

Ballard, 45, is among four challengers in the race, which also includes incumbents Beth Fennell, Jerry Peluso, Jan Knepshield and Robbie Hall.

Ballard has actually suggested two debates, with the first in the summer and the second closer to the election in the fall.

"Debates are an excellent way for candidates to defend their position on the issues of the day while illustrating the philosophical differences between themselves and their opponents," Ballard said.

Ballard said news media outlets could host and sponsor the debates.

"I look forward to hearing if any of the incumbent commissioners are willing to step forward and defend the city's handling of Cote Brilliante (neighborhood) and the (planned) 55-acre development project between Memorial Parkway and Carothers Road," Ballard said.

"After paying $8 million to acquire property over the last two years, the city has no developer."

LINCOLN/REAGAN DAY: The Fourth Congressional District Republican Party will hold its annual Lincoln/Reagan Day Dinner March 20 at the Commonwealth Hilton, 7373 Turfway Road in Florence. Cost is $45 and the public is invited.

A social begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, the Southgate Republican running for re-election this year, is keynote speaker.

Reservations must be made by calling district GOP Chairman Marcus Carey at (859) 727-8005 or e-mailing or

LABOR'S PICKS: The Kentucky AFL-CIO has released its endorsements in the fall elections. Candidates endorsed were: U.S. Senate, Daniel Mongiardo, Democrat; 23rd state Senate District, Kathy Groob, Democrat; 4th Congressional District, Nick Clooney, Democrat; 67th House District, Ken Rechtin, Democrat; and 61st House District, Royce Adams, Democrat.

Groob, who is challenging Sen. Jack Westwood, R-Crescent Springs, also announced an endorsement by the Covington Professional Firefighters Union 38.

"Firefighters and their families are enthusiastic about Kathy Groob's positive campaign and message," said Buddy Wheatley, the union's secretary/treasurer. "We are looking forward to finally getting local support in Frankfort on issues that are important to safety and security of the district, Northern Kentucky and the state."

CLOONEY TO VISIT: Campbell County Democrats will hold a March 31 fund-raiser featuring an appearance by Nick Clooney, who is running for the seat Democratic U.S. Rep. Ken Lucas is leaving at the end of the year.

The event will be from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Bellevue Vets Hall, Fairfield Avenue in Bellevue. Tickets are $50. For information, contact Ruth Bauman, (859) 431-3452.

BOONE DEMOCRATS: The Boone County Democrat Party meets 6 p.m. Monday at the Florence Government Center, 8100 Ewing Blvd. For information, contact party chairman Howard Tankersley at (859) 282-8054 or

The Boone County Democratic Women's Club will meet 6 p.m. March 22 at the County Seat Restaurant and Burlington Pike and Jefferson Street in Burlington. For information, call Betty Roth, (859) 586-4744.

To submit an item to Political Notes contact Patrick Crowley by e-mail,; by fax, (859) 578-5565; or mail in care of The Kentucky Enquirer, 226 Grandview Drive, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

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